22 January 2010

A Dog's Life - Update

We heard today that the other vet was quite concerned but could not come to a definite conclusion about whether it was cancer or osteomyelitis.  He suggested a bone biopsy, and Max is going in on Monday for that.  There is a risk that his tibia could be fractured in the process...  That could mean losing the leg below the knee - not the worst thing on earth for a domestic dog but, hey, let's hope for the best.

Looking at Max, apart from the horribly pronounced limp and unwillingness to stand on the leg when stationary, you would not know there is anything wrong with him.  He is just getting on with being a dog (I think there's a lesson in there somewhere), and still wants to play and go for walks.  Certainly, he doesn't seem like something with advanced cancer.  He's quite comfortable, being up to his ears in pain-killers.

The vet told me today that osteomyelitis, while serious, is treatable, and he could yet have a good quality of life, even though the bone will not regain its full strength.

We're not sure how long it will be until we get the results of the biopsy but when we do we'll let you know.

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