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.