BJPhotographyon Sep 08
Our 12 year old greyhound, Lily, was diagnosed in July 2008 with Osteosarcoma in her left rear leg. The commonly accepted treatment includes amputation to eradicate the significant pain and limit the spread of this aggressive cancer. Amputation is almost always followed by chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy is largely considered palliative and unlikely to slow the metastatic spread of the disease.
Even with the above aggressive treatment, metastases in the lungs and eventual mortality occur within 2 years in 75% or more of canines with Osteosarcoma.
As with any cancer, early detection is critical.
If your dog is favoring one leg, even a little bit, have x-rays taken immediately to rule out Osteosarcoma.
Greyhound Note: Osteosarcoma is very common amongst greyhounds. While not generally accepted as a precautionary diagnostic, bi-annual x-rays of your greyhounds’ limbs could lead to early detection and prolong the life by a significant margin.
Lily was up and about 2 days after the amputation and keen to go on short walks about 5 days post surgery. Dogs bounce back very quickly from a limb amputation.