Post # 1
So yesterday we got some bad news about our 3 year old Italian Mastiff, he has bone cancer in his front leg. We are so sad. I don’t think we are going to take the leg and do chemo, from all we read your only extending the life to a max of a year IF that, and your putting the dog through a lot of stress and anxiety. We are just going to manage with pain and hopefully he lets us know when he is ready to go. Right now he is fine, and does good on the pain meds, I just fear the day that the pain meds stop working or even worse he breaks the leg, which I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that.
Anyone else ever have a dog with bone cancer?
Post # 3
Aww poor puppy 🙁 I haven’t gone through this, but we are starting to see the affects of old age in our 10 year american bulldog, and it breaks my heart knowing that she really is starting to feel old. She has always been a puppy at heart, but she is slowly starting to act different, so I know its just the beginning with her. I have no advice, but I think we would go the same route as you. ((HUGS))
Post # 4
My dog has never had cancer but I am heartbroken for you because I know how I would feel if it happened. I’m a such a dog person that this is making me a little leaky in the eyes. I think you made a good choice (awful as it is) to just manage it with pain meds until it’s time. But you might have to be the one to make the call-I’ve seen people in similar situations put it off too long and it’s really not fair to the animal. Be brave, be strong and enjoy the time left with your “baby”.
Post # 5
So sorry to hear this. We had a cancer scare with our pup and had many of the same thoughts–radiation/chemo is so costly, and would it just make it more painful for him? After surgery and a bunch of tests it turned out he didn’t have cancer after all, but we came to your same conclusion–that we would have gone the way of least pain for him vs. prolonging things. Sometimes those paths go hand in hand and sometimes not, it’s such a hard decision to make. But you are doing the right thing for your furry friend and he knows that–and knows how much you love him. That is what matters. *hugs*
Post # 6
Thanks all for your support and kind words. Def means a lot and feels nice to know that others would do the same. I contanstly think we should do everything we can for him but in another sense, I also believe that I want him to live out a happy life and not really know what is happening to him. If we remove his leg, and then do chemo it’s so much stress on him and then for him to have the cancer come back I don’t want to put him through that. He may only have 2 months or less but we will make them the best 2 months of his life.
I’m hoping that he will give us the sign when he is ready but I know that doesn’t always happen. We know once he starts to be in pain while on the pain meds there is notihng more we can do and it’s time to let him go. I dread that day ;(
Post # 7
Our dog had bone cancer. She was almost 14 years old, had early stages of hip dysplasia, and early stages of cataracts. Especially at her age, even if the chemo/radiation DID help, it was only going to be a matter of time before something else happened. We did not feel it was worth putting her through the stess and pain of treating it, so we took her home and loved her until she was starting to have a harder time getting around, and then brought her to the vet. We were with her, and she died peacefully. I think that was much better than the alternative. Quality of life is more important than quantity.
Post # 8
I had a sweet wonderful dog who got cancer in her front shoulder. She was twelve years old, so we didn’t want to put her through any invasive treatment options that would only postpone the inevitable. We kept her as happy and comfortable as we could, and made sure she knew how much she was loved.
We knew one day that the end was around the corner. Her eyes were glazed over and she wasn’t interested in food. By evening she was almost totally unresponsive. We made plans to take her to the vet in the morning and say our goodbyes.
Our girl decided not to wait and passed away that night in her sleep, curled around her favorite toy. It was the most peaceful way to go that we could have wished for her. It hurt like hell not to see her sweet face around the house anymore, but we knew we had given her the best life we could have, and that was the best comfort there was.
Post # 9
@ams12: I’m so sorry to hear that! I, along with the other PP, don’t have any experience with bone cancer in the dog but I’m hurting for you. I own a giant breed dog as well, and they already have short life spans, so to know that it’s going to be cut even shorter would just break my heart. ((Hugs))