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post #26 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-23-2016, 04:35 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear about your girl, so so sorry!

Before opting for amputation and the risks that go along with it, have you talked to one of the vets about just stabilizing the leg? Is it at all possible for you to get her to a vet in SouthAfrica if they're overall better choices?

I just feel for you guys, without access to so much of what we take for granted over here, it is doubly hard for you!

All my best in whatever choice you make for her
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I'm wondering how the new vet knows there's no cancer in the other leg when he didn't xray.

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Rays & Hugs to you both, My Grandmother died from Bone cancer it is very painful cancer a very soft bed helped her pain. At least with our dog kids we have the option of giving them a great gift before the pain gets too bad we can put them down.Good Luck
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In the picture it looks like both of her ankle joints are swollen. Now the vet says all her joints feel swollen?
I would suggest you get a second opinion before you chop off her leg. Bone cancer doesn't usually cause swelling in multiple joints.
Are they sure she doesn't have a disease that causes swelling in multiple joints - such as Lymes disease or due to her immune system attacking her joints???
I would not let anyone chop off my dogs leg based on a barely working X-ray machine.

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Thanks everyone for the kind wishes! Regarding some of the questions posted:

- We were going for palliative care until the fracture happened - and she is still lively so putting her down now because of a fracture would be unfair.

- "Have you talked to one of the vets about just stabilizing the leg?"
This is the reason we chose amputation. The vet clearly told us that there's nothing we can do about the fracture because it is pathological and will just get worse.

- "Is it at all possible for you to get her to a vet in SouthAfrica if they're overall better choices?"Unfortunately there's a quarantine period for moving dogs from Moz to SA (apparently 6 months!!) so this would be out of the question.

The vet who is doing the amputation was recommended by other vets here and he has done countless amputations in Mozambique. I don't doubt his ability, but I am a little concerned - as others have suggested - about the spread of the cancer. I have however asked the vet to do a double-check of the good leg before amputating.

If we can't amputate, the only other option is putting her down this week or the next. I am very hesitant to do that because she doesn't seem to be in any pain, is eating well and being very playful. I don't know if she's good at hiding pain though.

This is one of the hardest decisions in the world for me
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I am so sorry that you both are facing this. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

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