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Hello
Its been a while since I posted, just to recap our lovely 8 yr old was diagnosed with pelvic osteosarcoma back in june, and given at most 6 weeks to live.
To cut a long story short he's still here, 7 months down the line. His pain got a lot worse about a month ago & he had steroids added to his painkillers (tramodol), which helped enormously.
We have now been told by another vet at our practice that he just shouldnt still be here (& on top of this that steroids wont make a difference to his pain if it is osteosarcoma), so he is now booked in for another xray to see what on earth is actually going on.
Having been expecting to have to have our lovely dog put to sleep at any moment for the last 7 months, could it be possible he may be getting a reprieve!?
Xray (& poss biopsy) booked for the 22nd Jan.. to say we cant wait is an understatement.
He is however still losing weight (started a couple of months ago & vet thought it indicated the disease progressing, he's losing about half a kg per fortnight), even tho he's eating a lot more than he used to, & his walks are obviously short and sedate with his condition. He's slim, not yet skinny. And although he can walk / run a bit using all 4 legs, you can tell he still feels pain in his hips.
Will post again when we know more!
In hope!!
Rachel & Bosley
 

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I am so glad you are still Chugging along. I really hope the tests show your vet was wrong, its obvious your boy doesn't believe them! The very best of luck.
 

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Thanks Loonylab, you've summed us up perfectly!
We are chugging along (even if we are also on a bit of a rollercoaster), and yes the only one who really doesnt give a darn about any vets opinion is Bosley.. as long as there are snacks everythings just fine x
 

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Will fingers crossed for a better, treatable diagnosis then!

Well done Bosley for being a superstar survivor!!
 

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Well done Bosley (and family) for beating the prognosis. I hope things continue and even improve!

Years ago, on a healing course, I was fortunate enough to meet a gorgeous cat who had been given a terminal diagnosis of weeks/months by the vet. When I met the cat, it was around 5 years after the diagnosis and the cat was doing brilliantly. He clearly hadn't listened to the vet either :)
 

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Bosleys xray showed he has a tumour the size of a small orange in his pelvis. In a really difficult place to biopsy (have to drill thru bone) so decided not too.

The vets are now thinking it may be benign now tho, due to it being fairly slow growing, and having not spread. Hopefully this is the case, but I'm still a bit unconvinced, with him continuing to lose weight/stay same weight when eating at least a third more(!) than he ever used to. I know steroids can cause the appetite gain, but also weight gain rather than loss, and this started a month before he went onto steroids. He's had bloods taken & nothing else is wrong with him that could cause this.

So we continue with painkillers and steroids and gentle walks.

The poor chap also has bad arthritis in both hips, which has got worse since last xray. The vet said had he ever had a hip score it wouldnt have been a good one (he was a rescue). He's on yumove for this.

Vet has forwarded his xray to specialist to see if they can give us any more info without a biopsy.

Anyhoo ... he's still enjoying life, walks and food (cannot get enough food!!!) so we'll keep plodding on, and long may it last!

Rachel & Bosley the Superdog x
 

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I'm cautiously happy to read your latest update

Nice one! Vibes from us. Here.
 

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Oh! Hope that you can all bumble along together happily for a lot longer yet then!! :)
 

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More Vibes for Bosley, It's a sort of sad but happy post, things could be so much worse.
Really hope the vets can come up with a plan to make Bosley better and really really hope too he gets to a grand old age.
Take Care.
Gary and Toby
 

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Thanks for all the lovely replies and vibes, all much appreciated!

Unfortunately due to the position (inside of pelvic bone) he's not a candidate for surgery, but hes done so well so far and hes still such a happy chap.

We've been lucky enough to have had him for so much longer than was expected, hopefully its going to continue. Definately, Margaret, theres still life in this old dog yet! :D :D
 
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