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My friends 8 yr old brindle boy Flash has been diagnosed with osteo. I saw him afew weeks ago and he had a swelling on his right wrist, which we thought maybe he had hurt during play time with 2 other boisterous dogs he lives with, unfortunately after numerous visits to the vet he was diagnosed with osteo and yesterday had his leg amputated. She was told it was a very aggresive for of osteo and to expect no more than 4 months with him :(.

 

Lets hope Flash has a speedy recovery and spends his last few months happy and loved.

 

This is Flash with Maddison

 

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Many prayers for flash and his family.....

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I am so sorry.

 

 

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My friends 8 yr old brindle boy Flash has been diagnosed with osteo. I saw him afew weeks ago and he had a swelling on his right wrist, which we thought maybe he had hurt during play time with 2 other boisterous dogs he lives with, unfortunately after numerous visits to the vet he was diagnosed with osteo and yesterday had his leg amputated. She was told it was a very aggresive for of osteo and to expect no more than 4 months with him :(.

 

Lets hope Flash has a speedy recovery and spends his last few months happy and loved.

 

This is Flash with Maddison

 

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Flash is a very handsome boy. Please let your friend know that OSU can provide some chemo medications at no charge. Even with aggressive forms, they average more than 4 months with the appropriate chemotherapy. Actually, I am told that chemo works better on the aggressive forms so the life expectancy is similar with chemo (independent of the type of osteo). Of course this is all assuming that there are no radiographically visible lung metastases. I attach my standard info on contacting OSU below.

 

Good luck to Flash,

 

Jane

 

Here is info on how to contact Dr. Couto and his team. The email or phone consult is free, however a few people have been told they must sign up for the website ($50) and submit the request that way. Dr. Couto tells me that this is not true. However, if you are a member of their website, please submit your request that way because it will automate things and make record keeping for them easier. Certain chemo drugs are free; you would need to pay to have them administered.

 

 

Greyhound Health and Wellness Program

 

Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

 

601 Vernon Tharp Street

 

Columbus, Ohio 43210

 

Phone: (614) 247-6757 or (614) 247-8490

 

Email: greyosu@osu.edu

 

Website: http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/GHWP.htm (registration and fee now required to get full access to this site)

 

 

This email goes to the team. If Dr. Couto is traveling, you may get a quicker answer from one of his team members. Drs. Marin and Zaldivar typically respond to greyhound owners. The consult is free but if you can afford to support the program please do so. You can sign up for full access to the website ($99 per calendar year) or donate through the giving page on the website. If you decide to donate, you can double your money by giving through the Greyhound Project. They will match the funds that you donate.

 

Just go to this website and scroll down to the appropriate donation button:

 

 

http://www.adopt-a-greyhound.org/donate.shtml.

 

 

The Team:

 

 

Dr. Couto, Department Head, Greyhound Medicine, Oncology and Hematology

 

Dr. Lili Marin, Greyhound Health and Oncology

 

Dr. Sara Zaldivar, Greyhound Health and Oncology

 

Dr. William Kisselberth, Oncology

 

Dr. Cheryl London, Oncology

 

Dr. Cristina Iazbik, Blood Bank Director and Hematologist

 

Dr. Bridget Urie, Oncology Resident

 

Dr. Matt Sherger, Oncology Resident

 

Dr. Joelle Fenger, Oncology Resident

 

Dr. Roberta Portela, Oncology Resident

 

Dawn Hudson, Vet Tech

 

Ashley DeFelice, Vet Tech

 

Stacey Gallant, Vet Tech

 

 

Drs Marin and Zaldivar are originally from Spanish speaking countries. If you have trouble understanding them over the phone, you might ask for one of the other vets or vet techs to “translate”.

 

 

Dr. Couto's direct email is:

 

couto.1@osu.edu

 

His phone number is also 614-247-6757. If he is in town, he typically returns emails in the early hours of the morning.

 

 

You should know that (in my humble opinion) they need more staff. Unfortunately finances do not permit it at this time. They do 20 to 30 greyhound consults a day along with all of their "in canine" patients. Depending on their workload there may be a wait for the consultation. If you are contacting them on an emergency basis, please let them know.

 

If you want to make an appointment to be seen in person/canine, you can call the main number to set up a date/time. The main number for the veterinary hospital is 614-292-3551.

 

 

If you decide to visit OSU please contact me. I may be able to put you up in a local home, provide moral support, or just help with logistics:

 

 

Finewhipador-drool@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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after just going through this with my beloved rivie some advice for you as a friend -- PLEASE call her often - every day if possible. let her know you "get it" and want to hear about what she is feeling. take a treat or 2 to flash or a bottle of wine to her people -- or anything -- just show them that you care and are there for them. if not for my friends on the osteo thread of gt i don't know what i would have done.....even my "doggie loving friends" didn't get it. so be there for your friends and for flash. you might also direct them to the 40-odd page osteo thread on here -- it is full of GREAT information and support!!

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That's sweet. Little cards, emails help too. If she doesn't want to do anything but stay home, let her. When Gogh had it, all I wanted to do was stay there with him. Osteo is so mean.

I'm so sorry...please extend our thoughts & prayers to your friend. :beatheart

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I'm so sorry. There are so many Greys diagnosed with osteo, and it is heartbreaking. Hopefully, Flash will have longer than 4 months if his lungs are clear, and the amputation has been done.

I would also suggest artemisinin.

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I am so sorry to hear of Flash's diagnosis. We have a Flash over here on this side of the pond who also has this horrid disease. Is your friend considering Chemo? It may extend his life considerably past 4 months. I am not sure the protocol's over there as they do things differently sometimes but if she is amputating as you state, it is something she should explore. Obviously there are no guarantees but if she has questions, I'll answer any about our experience.

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I am so sorry. Prayers for Flash and all who love him. :hope :hope :hope

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So sorry to hear this. Feel free to contact me with any recovery Qs, as I have been through this twice recently. Check the link in my signature for a blog entry you may find helpful. Many, many good wishes for Flash.

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