I did a post last week when I found out my dog Molly had bone cancer, today we were at the vets as she can't walk anymore on her from leg, she can't put her paw down. The vet suggested to amputate the leg to give her a better quality of life. They are not saying amputation will increase her lifespan. Do I put her through this? As anyone been though this? We do have another dog Rossco whos only got 3 legs, he lost his back leg as a puppy in a road accident and as adapted well, we adopted him afterwards. This was posted in AIBU but someone suggested I post it in the doghouse. Many thanks
I'm sorry about your dog I don't have first hand experience, but I do know there is a lady with a dog in town that had its leg amputated and we see it regularly. He looks really happy in his little doggy way, but I think if I were you I would want to know how long realistically my dog had left. If it was only a month to six months, would it be fair to put her through the stress of an operation IYSWIM?
I'm sorry I can't be more helpful, but I am sure someone more useful will be along shortly.
Will know more tomorrow when she as her xray, if it's not spread to the lungs and she as amputation with either radiation or chemo we could be looking at 9-12 months, if it's spread to the lungs and she as chemo 3-6 months, if we do nothing 1-2 months. We don't know the severity of it yet
I think you need to ask some very hard questions about how likely you are to get these extra 9 -12 months. The jury in the vet world is very much out on whether radiation or chemo are effective at all for bone cancer. Also ask about what the chemo involves so you know how often your dog will be down the vets. I do give dogs chemo, but I always make sure owners really know what is involved and how likely success is to be.