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Old 10-17-2009, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My beloved boxer who has been with me almost 12 years has been diagniosed with bone cancer. She is on previcox and tramadol but still won't put any weight on her leg and is clearly withdrawn. My heart is breaking at the thought of euthanizing her because the pain is too great. We have been together so long and through so much, I cannot imagine the life without her. Has anyone had any luck with other combinations of meds? So far nothing I have read or that the vet has said has been hopeful. I just want her to have a little more time without being in pain.
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oour Harley had bone cancer in his right back leg. he wouldnt put weight on it at all and it eventually shrank in size. It is a horrible horrible pain for them. We tried to keep our harley alive for at least two weeks after we got the diagnosis. we lasted the two weeks but it was torture on him and I regret it still today. We were giving him morphine and another drug that I cannot recall. It was so bad at the end of the last week that he negan to have seizures and at that point I knew that keeping him alive was torture not love. Im so sorry that you have to go through this terrible pain to. I hope that the decision you make is the right one for you and your boxer
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't have any experience with this. I just wanted you to know that I'm sorry you and your boxer are going through this and you'll both be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Although I have no advice for you, just lots of well wishes for your dear Boxer, and that you find some answers to keep her pain free.
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Thanks for the support.Your boxers are beautiful. I guess I just keep wandering around looking for a different answer.
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Bone cancer is one of my worst fears. I'm so sorry you're going through this. I've lost a dog to cancer before......all we wanted was just one more day.......You'll be in my prayers.
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Old 10-18-2009, 11:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the support.Your boxers are beautiful. I guess I just keep wandering around looking for a different answer.

please keep us updated we all take to heart when a member is having this kind of trouble and if you find something that works then we all would love to know that all is well. again im sorry that you are going through this and having gone through it recently myself it breaks my heart for you
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Unfortunately I haven't heard of anything that will help with the pain of bone cancer except amputation. So sorry...
I know that wasn't anything you wanted to hear. At the age of 12, I probably wouldn't even consider that.
My only advice for you would to be to just love her, give her anything she wants right now. Take it day by day. If and when the pain gets too unbearable for her, the most thoughtful, unselfish, and final gift you can give her is to help her cross over.
Believe me I understand and know how difficult the decision is, but when the time comes, you will know in your heart and your girl will also let you know when she is ready.
I'm truly sorry.....I do hope you can find something to give her some comfort. ><
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i didnt think of the amputation. that wasnt an option for Harley b/c the cancer had spread so rapidly throughout all of his organs that it wouldnt have matterered. at 12 years old I wouldnt put her through an amputation and recovery either. Harley was 3 years old so we did try to go there with him. this is so sad
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Old 10-18-2009, 03:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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When our last Boxer had acute pancreatitis the vet often added Valium along with the pain medications. My heart breaks for you, and it's so hard to be brave with such a tremendous loss coming. We're here. Can she be put on pain medications during the day at the vet's office?

Those last days before we said goodbye to our cancer dog, I really focused on wanting him to leave with some dignity. I think this helped our decision.

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