Goodbye Leg… Goodbye Myxosarcoma

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Yesterday I took Mr B and his leg for a “last walk.”  He was running around happily on four legs, sniffing everything, in absolutely no pain.  Apart from the lump on his hip you wouldn’t know anything is wrong with him.

A black white and brown Australian Shepherd is posed in front of trees in a park.  His mouth is open so he looks like he is smiling.  He looks healthy and has four good legs.  There is a little bit of missing hair on his back right hip.
Mr B with Four Legs

As I write this, Mr B is currently having surgery to remove his back right leg.  We dropped him at the vet’s this morning and now we are just waiting for news.  I’m still not sure we are doing the right thing.  He has a large 9x7cm myxosarcoma sitting right on top of his hip, so the only way to remove it with “clean margins” is to take the whole leg and part of his pelvis.  It sounds so brutal, but the only other option is to let the cancer keep growing. Apparently chemotherapy isn’t effective but amputation is considered “curative.”

Three and a half hours later, the vet has just called to say that the surgery was complex, but went well.  He is sedated and has an epidural for pain relief.  Hopefully he will stay asleep for a some time yet to aid his recovery.  They will give us an update tomorrow morning, which seems approximately FOREVER away.

I now  have a three legged dog.

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7 thoughts on “Goodbye Leg… Goodbye Myxosarcoma”

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  2. I am so sorry. I know how hard and scary this is… Day 6 post op for my almost 7 year old Cockapoo. Once you get over the shock and acceptance.. there is only one way forward! Don’t look back.. we did what we did in the best interest of our dogs. No one can predict the future. Stay strong!! Look forward to hearing Mr. B’s progress!!

  3. Well Mr, B, welcome to your new Tripawd family!! And YAY for surgery done!!
    I know getting to this point was stressful to say the least. You ARE doing the right thing for Mr B ! It may not feel like it during the first couple of weeks of recovery, but you are doing it FOR Mr B snd not TO him! He just had MAJOR SURGERY and is learning how to adjust to a new gait with three. Staying confident and being patient will help Mr B during recovery.
    If you have hardwood floors you’ll want non slip scatter rugs for traction. No jumping, no running, just short potty breaks and back to rest. Managing pain can be a bit tticky. Most dogs come home with Gabapentin, Tramadol and Rimadyl and an antibiotic.
    When you do go to pick Mr B up, don’t even bother to look at his incision or draw attention to it. Just look into his druggy eyes and tell him what a good boy he is and he’s going home!!
    Try and get some rest ronight. Mr B has sone good pain meds snd will be having fun seeing some pink elephants.😉
    Stay connected and update when you can. Recovery is no picnic fot a couple of weeks, but it does not last furever!!!
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  4. Oh WHEW! So glad to see that he made it through surgery. He’s such a cutie!

    Please let us know how we can help. Whatever questions you have, we are here to answer them.

    I hope he can go home soon. We’ll be waiting for pupdates!

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