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I was copied with my vet's radiologist report today: Highly suspect aggressive permeative-type lysis in the distal metaphyseal region of the right radius. A primary bone tumor such as an osteosarcoma is extremely likely. I do not see any other significant abnormalities. Radiographs of the thorax are recommended to rule out metastatic lung disease. If negative, biopsy of the area of the distal right radius is recommended.

 

I also heard back from Dr. Couto this morning: unfortunately the lesion in the right distal radius (wrist-bone) is highly suggestive of a primary bone tumor. There is marked lysis (destruction) and minimal proliferation, both characteristic of bone tumors in Greyhounds. However, there is a small probability that it may be an inflammatory lesion (osteomyelitis). Where do you folks live? (some fungal diseases are geographically located) Did they do lab work? Do you know of his prescapular and axillary lymph nodes were normal on the physical? A fine needle aspirate (see brochure) should be able to give us a definitive answer.

 

I will discuss these findings with my vet in the morning. My plan is to have a local animal oncologist take over Taylor's care.

 

In the meantime, he had his Previcox anti-inflammatory pill after breakfast and he seems to be tolerating it. He's been trotting around the house and the back yard. Eating and sleeping and peeing and pooping like normal. Two rides/walks and happily walking. Hardly even a limp at all. He's a happy boy.

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Well, it ain't over til the fat lady sings, and she ain't even cleared her throat yet.......so give that happy boy a smooch for me.

I will when I wake him up.

 

He rampaged around the house, as usual, when I came home from the beach.

Stomping on toys. Helicopter tail.

Normal.

It was time for dinner.

Gulped it down.

Let them out to pee and poop.

He ran across the yard.

After they each chewed bully sticks for 10 minutes, they were both sound asleep in 1 minute for their 2 hour after-dinner nap.

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If negative, biopsy of the area of the distal right radius is recommended.

 

A fine needle aspirate (see brochure) should be able to give us a definitive answer.

 

I definitely recommend the FNA over a biopsy. With a biopsy, the bone can be damaged, making it more susceptible to fracture/break. The downside is that the FNA won't be as accurate. It can only tell you if the cells are malignant or benign, but that is usually enough to rule out stuff like osteomyelitis from fungal infection or Valley Fever.

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I feel shattered. Taylor is my life.

 

You have, and will continue to get, better advice here than I can give you, but I offer to hold you and Taylor in my heart.

Beth and Petey (8 September 2018- ). Godspeed Patrick (28 April 1999 - 5 August 2012), Murphy (23 June 2004 - 27 July 2013), Leo (1 May 2009 - 27 January 2020), and Henry (10 August 2010 - 7 August 2020), you were loved more than you can know.

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I am so sorry for you and Taylor. I hope the visit with the oncologist is helpful. Our angel Lana was on Previcox, too, although she was on it when she was recovering from her amputation surgery and later when she was in pain from the mets. It works wonders for pain. Just be careful of GI upset. You should ask your vet about starting Taylor on the acid reducer famotidine (generic Pepcid). If needed you can also ask for a prescription for sucralfate, which coats the stomach to protect against ulceration. (The sucralfate pills are enormous, but you can grind them up using a pill crusher and mix with a little milk or Ensure to make it more palatable.)

 

Please give Taylor a big hug for me.

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I am sorry to read about Taylor.

 

To encourage you: Our angel Jamey did have his front leg amputated, it gets rid of the osteo pain. With 5 rounds of chemo, he was with us for another 27 months, most of them happy ones! If you are thinking of doing lung X-rays and they are clear, and Taylor is a candidate, amputation is something to think about.

 

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Remembering Bridge Angel Greyhounds: Tosca, Jamey, Master, Diego, and Ambi; plus Angel Galgos Jules and Marco.

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Taylor will be seeing a local, highly respected animal oncologist this coming Wednesday at 2:40 PM.

That doctor will have the x-rays that were done 1/10, all the reports, and my vet's doctor notes.


In this initial office visit, taking around an hour, this specialist will discuss further testing, such as a fine needle biopsy to check for cancer cells, chest x-rays, blood work, etc.

And at some point we will go over the options for treatment, if needed.


In the meantime, Taylor is feeling fine.


Eating and sleeping and peeing and pooping, 3 rides/walks so far today, and no signs of pain. Hardly even a limp. He's a happy boy. So is Face.

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So good to hear Taylor's a happy boy and showing no signs of pain. Keeping you and Taylor in my thoughts.

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I am so glad that you got a second opinion and that Taylor is comfortable. However, if he does start to show pain, tramadol and gabapentin are options. They can make him feel groggy, which most dogs don't like, so you don't want to start them until they are needed.

Our first grey died of probable osteo after he had a spontaneous bone fracture while attempting to run. He had been on pain meds off and on for what we thought was a nonmalignant process, and was a very happy boy up until the very end. So the pain level varies from dog to dog.

Will be thinking of you. This is devastating. You will get through it for Taylor.

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We are keeping you boys in our thoughts and prayers, and will be right there with you on Wednesday. :grouphug

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Taylor is doing fine. Acting like he has from day one 3 years ago. We met with the oncologist this afternoon. Excellent experience. Knows about greyhounds.Based on the x-rays, and the breed, it could very well be osteosarcoma. Doing a fine needle aspirate and x-rays Friday afternoon, and I should have the results next week, and then we can better plan treatment. I made it very clear that I want Taylor to stay comfortable as long as we can manage that. Whatever that takes. Right now, both he and Face are digesting dinner, upside-down, as usual.

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Good happy thoughts for Taylor and you.

 

Going to hug my boy now.

Kyle with Stewie ('Super C Ledoux, Super C Sampson x Sing It Blondie) and forever missing my three angels, Jack ('Roy Jack', Greys Flambeau x Miss Cobblepot) and Charlie ('CTR Midas Touch', Leo's Midas x Hallo Argentina) and Shelby ('Shari's Hooty', Flying Viper x Shari Carusi) running free across the bridge.

Gus an coinnich sinn a'rithist my boys and little girl.

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Normal after-breakfast nap time here for Taylor.

He is showing no signs of any type of discomfort.

He's a very happy boy.

 

The fine needle biopsy and chest x-rays are being done this afternoon at 2:00, and I should have results back early next week.

 

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I am right with you holding you in my Thoughts and Prayers . I am struggling to with Morty to keep him as Comfortable as possible . Hugs and Kisses to Taylor .

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