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    ok she finally got back to me:
    the vet said its genetic, but skips a few genes. so nothing to be concerned about. i know maggies aunt roxy died a few months ago from cancer, but she was two genes over, so her great great aunt. i didnt think anything about it. just keep in mind if he limps, do an xray asap. if its cancer, it will look like a moth is eating away parts of the bone, or they appear cloudy. but liek the vet said, it skips a few genes.

    taking lex mon for his mite check up and im gonna talk to him about it and see if we need to put him on vitamins or some kind of supplements.
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    We have a lab mix that was just diagnosed with bone cancer on 4-29-11. Our hearts broke in half. He started having trouble with his knee about a year ago. The vet did initial xrays and said he had bad knees and they could possibly "blow out" one day. He's a very active dog and loves to play. As time went on, he started limping and not bearing weight on his right hind leg. The vet then stated he needed a TPLO surgery to correct it. The surgery being over $1,800, I being a disabled veteran, could not afford that. He has been on pain medication for over a year now. Well that knee has slowly been swelling for the past couple of months and we've tried increasing his arthritis meds and pain meds and even given him lasix, which pulls fluid from the area. Friday, 4-29-11, we took him back to the vet and she diagnosed him with bone cancer. My heart shattered!!! As I said, I'm a disabled veteran. I served in the Army from 2002-2004. I was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and was injured while performing my duties as a Chemical Operations Specialist/Heavy Decon. After I was honorably discharged from the Army due to my back injury and PTSD, my therapist suggested I get a therapy dog. I went to an adoption shelter in Oregon and found my Chuewy! He has been my rock for over 6 yrs now, and to find this out, has devistated me. The surgery is estimated at $682 and that's not including aftercare. The vet is not sure if the camcer has spread to other areas of his body. They would have to do a full body scan to determine that....which is more money!!

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    Like I said, what started out as a sprain knee mushroomed into cancer. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think it was cancer.....just a swollen knee that needed surgery. The vet has NOW told us that it probably was cancer all along....The cancer made the joint weak and caused the damaged. Well now is a fine time to "figure" that out. I would suggest going to a vet that knows about cancer or can get a 2nd opinion from one that does. And our vet did initial xrays over a yr ago....and the cancer was more than likely there then. I'm calling another vet tomorrow and getting the xrays and let this new vet give me his opinion. And always remember, if in doubt, have it checked out!!! Just read all you can on the subject!!! If we can be any help to you, please let us know.

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    @bullylovers01 im so sorry you are going through this and thanks for your advise as well.. it scares the out of me cause sometime last yr lex and bo where rough housing and lex somehow pull a muscle or strained his little leg. he does limp on it ever so often but i have just thought its the change in the weather thats bothering him .... i pray that thats the only thing it is... wow im so nervous about going and talking w the dr tom so glad that im at work all nite, that way i wont loose any sleep over it!! his appointment is at 9am tom so everyone wish us luck!!!

    and bullylovers01 again i am so sorry you are having to go through this i will be thinking of you and chuewy during
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    Oh@bullylovers01..I so know how your heart is breaking right now. The shock of that diagnosis is unbelievable. We also were totally unprepared. Even though our rottie had severe back problems..her legs were not an issue..so when she developed a limp, the thought of bone cancer was not in our reality. Fortunately for us..our vet sensed it immediately and it only took a couple x-rays to confirm. Our vet told us that by the time it can be seen on an xray..in 99% of the cases..it has already spread. She was very honest with us and for this I am grateful. I just attended a fundraiser today for canine cancer..it's amazing how prevalent it is. Good luck to you and your precious chuewy....

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    @lexterwayne..I am glad you are seeing your vet tomorrow. This is such a hard time for you. One thing for you to hold onto..the limping from bone cancer NEVER goes away. Once they show the signs of pain..the pain is always there. We had our Ana on the very strongest pain meds and even brain interceptor drugs to stop her pain..and she still limped.so the odds are that your sweet Lex really did pull a muscle. I will be thinking positive thoughts for you. I'm sure your vet will do an xray and that will show you what you need to know. Let us know!

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    Our thoughts are with you as well. I would strongly sugest consulting with a vet who specializes in oncology. Bone cancer can spread rapidly depending on which type and even as rare as it may be can spread to the lungs. Most people do not know that arthirtic changes mimic those of bone cancer in the begining stages. Another sugestion would be to have your vet do a full body xray. Even then a vet is not certain until a biopsy is performed. I would say that if your baby may have pulled a muscle last year and every now and then limps leaving you to believe it from a previous injury always have it checked out. In my experience, if they say it is arthritus. go back in after 2 to 3 months and have them xray again to monitor the progress. If it is bone cancer and you catch it early it can be treated. Though there is no cure for cancer there is still hope and a warm hart full of love from you to your babies and your babies to you. Any time you need to talk or vent Myself (Franki) & my partner (Julie) are always around. we are also linked to facebook on here if i did it right!!!

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    Well good news and bad news... Good news is the Iimp he was having over the weekend is due to a cut on his paw pad!!!! He checked him over and wants us to check him and jut watch him if any joint or anything starts swelling.
    Bad news is we went for a check up to see if he was 2 weeks mange free, he did several scrapes and they have come back again ugh!!! So he got dipped today again, 9th tome by the way, and now we are doing drops on his back. It's a flea and tick medicine but also helps w killing all the little mites! So luckily we don't have to go back until 2 weeks we are ALL Hoping this medicine will help clear the rest of those buggers up! I did suggest lex just move in for a while since he's always at the office, the girls and even dr said that's fine we love him here he's so awesome to be around.. Awwww... Man it sucks not being able to do the smiley faces on the phone thanks again guys for thesupport and tellin me about it and the signs of it all I really do appreciate it!! O and bullylovers01 what's your fb and I'll add ya!
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    Thanks for report! Sorry about crummy mange issues! But..in the scheme of things mange you can deal with!

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    Glad to hear the good news on Lex. So Sorry about the mange coming back though... for generations in my family we have always used original listerine on our animals. Keep us up to date on the mange.
    also our facebook name is Franki N Julie Ramos if you cant locate us that way try my email which is bulldogbutchy01@yahoo.com we would love to have you and anyone else as friends on here and facebook

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    Im so glad that things are ok mostly. Sorry about the mange though. Will pray for that to get better and that its just a pad problem and not something else. That is good news. Let us know how the mange issue is.
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    I posted this on Facebook just a little bit ago....We got some GOOD, ENCOURAGING NEWS TODAY REGARDING CHUEWY!!!


    Chuewy's saw his new Dr. today....He agreed it is bone cancer according to the xrays....HE drew blood today, which has YET to be done and also did FULL BODY xrays to see if the cancer has spread.....IT HAS NOT!!!!!!!!!!!! While we understan...d that xrays are not 100% accurate, there were no signs of cancer that the Dr. could see!! He agrees that amputation is the best choice for Chuewy....and will send off for a biopsy to see which kind of bone cancer he has so it can be treated appropriatly. His lab work was great except for his RBCs and Hematocrit are a little low, which is most likely from the Chemo he's on. On April 29, 2011, I specifically asked our former vet if they could do blood work to check for cancer...the response we were given was "The markers arnt high enough to test" (???) ok....then I asked what about a biopsy.....the response we were given was "With it being this advanced, there is no reason to have one done.....it is bone cancer". Then I asked " what if it's just confined to his leg....and you amputate...if it's not spread anywhere else, looks like he would have a good chance of living....can you xray his body to see if it has?" The response we were given was "There is no sense in doing that because I'm telling you, it's already spread thru him and even with amputation, he only has aprox. 6mo to live." Well guess what, YOU WERE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!

    I understand that Drs. can be wrong sometimes, but I'm a nurse and while I may not be a Dr. or the smartest woman in the world, I refused to settle for "Let's just amputate and he might live 6 mos." I asked our former vet these questions MUTIPLE TIMES and got the same response...."Even amputation isnt going to make him live longer"....Well Chuewy just might prove you wrong!!! I know I did today!!! It's amazing how you trust your babies life with someone and then get a slap in the face....I'm so glad we had this 2nd opinion done....I told Chuewy as soon as we found all of this out over 2 weeks ago that I would NOT give up.....And I won't!!!

    Please continue to pray for him...and as far as donations are concerned, if you want to donate, just send me a post or email thru facebook and I'll give you our address to mail it....Again, thank yall for reading this and keeping Chuewy in your prayers....

    Franki, Julie, & Chuewy

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    Yay!! Glad you found a vet that listens to you. Dogs do perfectly fine with amputation. They are amazing. Our rottie wasn't a candidate for it..because her back was so bad...but this is wonderful news. I also know dogs do great on chemotherapy. Not like us..I think it's because they don't know what they are supposed to feel like. Good positive news..thanks!

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