Posted by jillyd on March 15, 2017
Rufus has been doing great the past few weeks although he’s had a few bouts of depression, presumably because he wants to get out of the house (and yard) and get a bit of exercise. He had his second follow-up appointment yesterday, 12 days after his surgery, and the majority of his staples were removed. The vet said we could give him more exercise now, just no running quite yet.
We got the call this morning on the results from his removed leg. They found osteosarcoma “deep in the bone”. The recommended courses of action are either (a) do nothing, or (b) look into chemo. I haven’t discussed it yet with my husband but at the very least, we’ll go talk to one of the other vets in our veterinary office who is more knowledgeable on chemo. The vet who performed the surgery said the average life span is 3-6 months without chemo, maybe up to a year with, but of course that’s on a case-by-case basis.
Looking at this site, I’m a lot more optimistic. When Rufus first had issues and we researched osteosarcoma, we read that it was a super aggressive form of cancer. The fact that it was 6 weeks between his first appointment and his amputation and even then there were no signs of lysis in his leg bone makes me hopeful that it’s a very slow moving case. There was nothing obvious in his pre-surgery chest x-ray so again, this gives me hope.
It was Rufus’s birthday yesterday by the way, 5 years old. Here’s a photo when he was about 10 or 11 weeks old right after I’d got him:
Wish us all luck!
Jill, Adam, Rufus, and brother Chewy.