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My four year old has been lame in his front leg for a few weeks. I had him on rest and it went away but just came back this week. I took him to the vet, and she said it may be that he has bone cancer. He's on rimadyl and I'm getting him x-rayed hopefully no later than Tuesday.

 

I'm just trying to get a rough estimate of how much I need to prepare myself. I know it is less common in younger greyhounds, but I can't tell if a 4-year old greyhound getting bone cancer is "completely unheard of" or "just less likely."

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Sending good thoughts your way. :hope I hope it's something else, like a soft tissue injury that's taking a long time to heal. Did he race? We went through this with Sweep when she was 5, and after many vet visits, x-rays, and consults with specialists (not to mention lots of stress and panic), we determined it was an old, undocumented racing injury that was becoming arthritic and more painful over time; she showed no signs of it the first two years with us. At 9, she still takes an NSAID to keep her sound. There are so many other things it could be, and is more likely to be, at that age. Please keep us posted!

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TBD is a possibility as I live near Philadelphia where we have a lot of ticks. But I'm also very meticulous about checking for ticks and giving him his tick meds on time.

 

He did race- nine times and lost all of them, lol. I'm hoping it is a different type of injury and not cancer and hope the odds are on my side. But in hindsight I feel like things have been a little off recently in a weird way I can't explain, plus for the vet to mention it to me makes me feel like the symptoms are probably spot on for what she's already seen. But I'm not sure if I should even go there and start processing this yet.

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I had a greyhound diagnosed one month shy of her 11th birthday, and one diagnosed just before her eigth birthday.

 

The one diagnosed at almost 11, Rama, lived well for a month, and her leg never broke. The younger hound had a very rapid growing osteosarcoma. Her leg broke less than two weeks after diagnosis. The vet had told us we caught it early when she was diagnosed. Unfortunately, it just grew super fast.

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Osteo in an 8-year-old (Tigger). Osteo suspected in another 8-year-old (Oreo threw a blood clot and died in surgery for a broken leg).

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It's not unheard of in younger dogs. Unfortunately, it also *usually* means a more aggressive and fast moving cancer. That is usually off set by being younger and more able to bounce back from surgery and treatment.

 

You might take a look at the first post in the current Osteo Thread for info and links. There are many options now for vaccine trials as well. If you have access to a full service hospital or clinic get an appointment with an oncologist asap. This vet should be up on all the new things available for you.

 

Good luck.

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About 3 months shy of 13 years. Sherri started limping and nine days later she was gone - fractured humerus. I pray that your boy does not get this diagnosis.

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Its not unusual for greyhounds to have TBD prior to adoption. Phoenixs babesia was diagnosed about six months post adoption. I strongly recommend you have him tested for tick disease, as even if hes been with you for a while, these disease can lay dormant and flare up long after adoption.

 

I lost all three of my greyhounds to osteo. They were between the ages of 11-13 years old.

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Not unheard of, but most are certainly older. I would say 8-9 is when you really start to see it. Of mine, Neyla was 10 when she got it, Zuri was 11.

 

I really hope it's something else, but get good quality (HD) x-rays sooner than later because if it is, the sooner you diagnose the better the prognosis. If you would consider amp, you may want to ask for lumg x-rays at the same time as you'll want to rule out lung mets.

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8 years 6 months, 11 years 5 months, and 12 years 6 months. I also lost one to cancer of the bone marrow at 3 years 1 month.

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A lurcher, half Greyhound, was 15 yo. Agree with suggestions for xrays, if not already done. Also, it could very well be something else. Considering the age, I think I would be pursuing diagnostics.

 

Hoping very much it is not osteo. Good thoughts for your boy.

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Yeah, I'm getting his x-rays done as soon as possible. Vet wanted to wait til next week since he has to be sedated, but I'd rather it happen sooner than later. He's tested for any tick diseases frequently since we live in a tick heavy area

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Yeah, I'm getting his x-rays done as soon as possible. Vet wanted to wait til next week since he has to be sedated, but I'd rather it happen sooner than later. He's tested for any tick diseases frequently since we live in a tick heavy area

He shouldn't need to be sedated for x-rays. Unless you're in a state where it's required (DC now stupidly requires it)?

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Try some Trazadone before you go in to the vet. If he's not too bad a bandana with some Adaptil spray on it might be enough to calm him.

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He has a significant amount of anxiety with x rays. We've tried x rays without sedation before, and it just never works. He's an anxious boy.

Have you tried medication rather than sedation? That would be my choice. You can test it at home first to make sure he doesn't have a bad reaction. Or not if you have an anesthesia protocol that works well for your vet.

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