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Suggestions on puting my dog to sleep due to Bone Cancer.

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Dieta

AKA Baby Face
 
 
Barked: Tue May 17, '11 7:07am PST 
I am so sorry Twinkie. frown frown
My friend just lost two dog last week. One collapsed out of no where and then her other doggie was diagnosed with lymph node cancer. She was making her super comfy with pain meds. Talk with your paw doctor and see if they can find the right pain meds to use to keep her comfy.
I think they gave my friend some lower dosage and had about 6 pain pills each day til the last day. frown It helped her dog at least be comfy as she could. It was so hard for her, I comforted my friend the best I could but it was still hard for me as her dogs were my buddies too.
I will pray for you guys. It is your decision what to do. We can only support you and be there for you.
Many hugs and prayers, Dieta and mommy.
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Leah, CGC

All the Beauty- with none of the- Brains
 
 
Barked: Tue May 17, '11 9:35am PST 
To expand on what Samson said ---> Most radiation options require anesthesia for every dose of radiation because they use a wide beam that can scatter onto people or other parts of dogs body - this means that they cannot have someone close enough to restrain, comfort or pet the dog without exposing them to radiation (an OSHA No-No) and if the dog moves it can effect the strength of the dose and possible negate the treatment.

So, depending on type of cancer and radiation protocol, you may be looking at anesthesia administered to the pet every 2-3 days for a couple weeks, then weekly for a couple weeks then every other week for a couple months. It can be as many as 15-30 different anesthetic events.

If the pet is not stable enough to go under anesthesia for amputation it is most likely not stable enough for this either.

And once under anesthesia for amputation may be a benefit over multiple anesthtic events for radiation.

HOWEVER often the best protocol is to do both options and even with that the cancer may spread anyway.

Has you pet had chest xrays since diagnosis of bone cancer? Were they reviewed by a board certified radiologist? These will be able to tell you if the cancer has spread to the lungs yet or not. If the chest rads show metastization then radiation and amputation are a moot point.....
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Timmy

1187660
 
 
Barked: Tue May 17, '11 5:09pm PST 
Keith-I am so sorry to hear about Twinkie. That is truly a awful and difficult decision to make.
I'm a vet assistant and this is the worst part of my job because I've been through this a few times, most recently with my Golden 2 years ago. My worry was the same as yours, "am I doing this before she's willing to let go?". The truth of the matter is that you have loved Twinkie for far longer than most dogs live, which means you really have done something right. With that same heart, you will know when she is ready to go. She will know you made that decision out of love when she crosses that Rainbow Bridge. Be at peace, love the time you have and don't second guess yourself. With warmest thoughts and prayers, Amy
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Twinkie REST- IN PARADISE

My Best Friend
 
 
Barked: Tue May 17, '11 5:58pm PST 
Hi all thanks for everything i made the decision today to put her to sleep. I know she was hurting and the specialist looked at the xrays and said her bone was missing mass basically walked on splinted bone. I know it was the right thing to do but ts killing me that i put her to sleep
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Timmy

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Barked: Wed May 25, '11 3:46am PST 
I'm so sorry for your loss of Twinkie.
You made the right decision to end her suffering. Try to remember all of the wonderful times you spent with her and know in your heart you made the decision out of love for her.
Much sympathy and prayers to you and your family.hug
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Roxie RIP my- Beloved- Princess

Shredding needed- call me..
 
 
Barked: Wed May 25, '11 9:44am PST 
TWINKIE

Today you are free of pain, you were there for your family. Now you join us who only live in their hearts. But we are still there, always happy . Twinkies family, Just try to breathe in the next weeks. God Bless and we will say a prayer for you today.
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Donovan'sMajesticJet of Solace

Street sweeper!
 
 
Barked: Wed May 25, '11 7:23pm PST 
This is a personnal decision between you, your pup and your family.You know whats best for your pup and when its time to call it quits. They let you know when their life is no longer worth living. Ill say prayers for you tonight.
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Donovan'sMajesticJet of Solace

Street sweeper!
 
 
Barked: Wed May 25, '11 7:25pm PST 
God bless this precious pup, Twinkie!
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Angel

Little Angel
 
 
Barked: Wed May 25, '11 9:01pm PST 
I'm so sorry to hear about it. frown


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Member Since
11/11/2012
 
 
Barked: Sun Nov 11, '12 6:07pm PST 
My dog Lexi, was very speical to our family. It was so hard when she started limping on her right leg, we thought she had fractured her leg playing with the other dogs on the beach but soon found out it was bone CANCER and had maybe three weeks before it would take her life. We were so devastated.

I had to put her to sleep three day later, after she was dignose with it. I see her in heaven with my family members happy and not in pain.
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