Got the test results back today.
Our young lab, Bill, has osteosarcoma in his rear knee.
He has been limping since December, at the time the vet thought it was just an injury.
It didn't go away so had x-rays in late January, which showed some 'smokiness' off the bone. A specialist suggested either cancer or bone infection.
Around this time (3 weeks ago) a lump started forming on his inner knee.
He had 2 weeks of anti-biotics and then more x-rays and tests last week. Of course, it was not an infection and the lump has continued to grow.
So, do nothing and he will last 1-2 months at best (as the tumour will grow large enough to start affecting blood flow to the leg)
or amputate and see what happens.
We want to amputate, it gives Bill a chance.
Naturally we are devastated by all this, he is such a sweetheart.
Anyway would love to hear from others who have been through a similar situation. Any thoughts or advice would be really welcome - Thankyou
just to follow up
Bill went to the vet on Thursday to have his leg amputated. They x-rayed his chest before starting as I told them he had started coughing. The x-ray showed his lungs were completely covered with tumours. So he still has 4 legs.
Just in the past 3 days he has visibly thinned and become more angular/boney, sometimes he breathes normally but other times breathes 3-4 times faster than our other dog and energy levels are low.
Anyway it will all be over for him soon, he is getting lots of love, treats and visiting all his favorite friends and places. We are so sad and shocked.
Having gone thru similar 18 months ago I am at a total loss for words, I'm am sure this is why no one else has said anything. God loves you guys and Bill, hug him, love him, let him go in peace. We understand.
I am really sorry. This is so unfair. Please, don't forget to inform his breeder. There is a strong genetic component in this and the same dogs shouldn't be bred again.
Sending gentle hugs.
Thanks, I think the Bill's parents have produced 3 litters. Hopefully just Bill is the unlucky one. We will let them know.
Bill is still here. He still wants food (lots), enjoys his walks, plays with Randy (our other dog), curious about everything as always.
His breathing is fast but not gasping, he coughs sometimes and is on cough medicine to reduce phlegm production.
Of course, the question: "when is it time to say goodbye?" is on our minds constantly.
Bill passed away on 3/3/16
The lung cancer was brutally fast.
I am so sorry
Run free sweet Bill.