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I have been watching Zeus for the last 2 weeks because he has been limping every time he wakes up and he has this bump on his wrist that i thought was just a swollen joint or something.

we have a vet visit tomorrow morning so i will be getting him looked at. the thing is, i was looking up what a normal x-ray of a dogs wrist would look like when i stumbled upon this site:

Doc's Thoughts: What I saw today... Canine Osteosarcoma

Im freaking out as i read the symptoms and prognosis of the disease. I am so scared. this is a picture of what his wrists look like side by side

 

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Unfortunately you won't know until you see the vet and I know it's hard to wait! Zeus is young and we'll be wishing both of you the best.

Please let us know how the appt. went.
 

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Like others have said, I would try not to get too worked up until you see the vet and know what it is for sure. I had a dobe with Osteosarcoma but he was about 8 years old when he was diagnosed. It is common in dobes and other large breeds, but I think he is a bit young, so that he has going for him. Also, when my boy was diagnosed I brought him to the vet for limping/lameness but there was no swelling or noticeable trauma. Hope that helps ease your mind a teeny bit...good luck and sending good vibes for a positive vet visit tomorrow!!!
 
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Yes, it is common in dobes.

As said, I think he is too young, and the location doesn't look right.

Best of luck with your appointment.

Deb and Priscilla - Alberta, Canada

9yr old Doberman - 17.5 months post amp.
dx 02/10 osteosarcoma right distal portion of the radius
amputation 04/10
lung x-rays June/11 3 mets, largest golfball size, Aug/11 no change
Artemix, Curcumin, Vitamin C, Omega 3, Vitamin E, metacam, Vit D3
 

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When my first Doberman broke his leg it looked very similar. Has Zeus got any trauma recently?
 
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Hopefully it's a soft tissue injury, seems to be in the joint. My previous dobe was also diagnosed at 8 years of age. Zeus seems young to have osteo. Fingers crossed.
 

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We just got back from the vet. There is what looks like a tumor on his bone. The only option is to operate to remove it and send it off to the lab to see whether or not it is cancerous. there's no way to know. the dr said that this is odd for such a young dog and i'm so scared... i don't know what i'm gonna do if this turns out to be osteosarcoma.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope it turns out to be something different. If not, I'd definitely talk to an oncologist for an opinion on how to proceed (doesn't always mean treatment, etc.).
 

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We just got back from the vet. There is what looks like a tumor on his bone. The only option is to operate to remove it and send it off to the lab to see whether or not it is cancerous. there's no way to know. the dr said that this is odd for such a young dog and i'm so scared... i don't know what i'm gonna do if this turns out to be osteosarcoma.
Osteosarcoma is extremely obvious in an x-ray. Like 95% or higher because of it's appearance. Is the vet familiar with that? You can't remove an osteosarcoma tumor because it IS the bone. You can do a biopsy but that is extremely painful and can break the bone.

So I am just wondering about the vet at this moment and a little confused by what he has told you.
 

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Osteosarcoma is extremely obvious in an x-ray. Like 95% or higher because of it's appearance. Is the vet familiar with that? You can't remove an osteosarcoma tumor because it IS the bone. You can do a biopsy but that is extremely painful and can break the bone.

So I am just wondering about the vet at this moment and a little confused by what he has told you.
I agree with EmilyB. My own Zeus was diagnosed at 8 1/2 yrs. The tumor was right where your Zeus's is. My vet diagnosed it immediately with the xray. He suggested amputation but I wouldn't do that. We went holistic instead and I felt it was truly to his benefit.

I would definately question the vet again. You will be strong and will do whatever you need to do for Zeus. He is young so that is a great asset for him. Best wishes for you both. Fingers and paws are crossed. Big hugs to you also. Sometimes you need one when other people who aren't dog owners just don't understand!
 

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The vet said that he was concerned with the way it looked but that the tumor needed to be removed. He said it could be osteosarcoma but doubts that it's that bad because he is so young... or on the very mild side, it could be tissue damage that the bone reacted to, though he said that it wasn't all that likely either.

All in all, he thinks it might be cancerous but doesn't know for sure and that's the reason he wants to send the tumor out to the lab for analysis. I just don't even know how to feel. This could go either way and I am so scared.

Thanks for all the support and the links.
 

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I second the suggestion to get an immediate consult with a board-certified veterinary oncologist. What you are saying that your vet has told you makes no sense to me, either.

The University of Colorado was doing some cool stuff with a procedure called (I think) limb-sparing radiation... the tissue on a bone is completely detatched, the bone is heavily radiated and the tissue is then reattached. It was a new concept years ago when I had a cancer dog, and I don't know if it is being practiced now or not.

I spent almost every Wednesday for almost three years in the waiting room of a veterinary oncologists' office with a lymphoma dog. It was a very intense experience getting to know so many owners of pets with all sorts of cancers... many of us saw each other weekly, and we became each others support systems. One of the things I took away from that is the certainty that if I ever have an animal diagosed with osteo and if the animals' lungs, etc. are clear of tumors and if I cannot get into some nifty new trial, I will opt for immediate amputation. Tri-pod dogs do fine, and the sooner the amputation is done the better a chance that the cancer will not yet have metasticized. There were lots of folks in the waiting room who had opted to try this or that other thing, but in the end they all ended up amputating anyway just for pain control... too late to buy their dog a chance and when it was harder because the dog was sicker.

Of course, I am hoping very much that it is something easier that you will be dealing with.
 

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You should still see a specailist. We had Hanks x-rays sent off to a specialist at UCDavis before we proceeded with anything
 
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