Basset Hounds Forum banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all,

First post - I have an 11 year old tri-color basset named Penny. She is the runt of the litter so on the smaller size weighing in about 50 pounds.
She had a grade 1 soft tissue sarcoma surgically removed in January 2021 that has unfortunately popped back up. I had a phone consult with a specialist today that said typically if it pops back up once it will continue to do so faster and more aggressive than before, and the best option is both surgery and radiation for an 80%+ success rate but it’s going to cost over $10,000 and just isn’t something we can afford.
I’m bringing her in January 3rd to get her ultrasounds so we make sure this second round hasn’t spread. Assuming it hasn’t we’ll have a surgery consult shortly thereafter and are considering amputation. My fear with this is that when we brought her in Sunday to look at the newest lump the vet pressed on her back and said her spine is soft, advising us to no longer allow her to go up and down our stairs and try to limit her jumping on and off the couches.
The most important thing to me is quality of life for my sweet girl, and I fear rear leg amputation is going to be extremely difficult on her deteriorating back. I‘m not totally confident that her personality would do well with a wheelchair, but maybe I’ll be surprised? I know no one can give me answers, maybe it just feels better to type it out, but if anyone does have advice I would so welcome it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,717 Posts
First of all I'm sorry to read this - heartbreaking. Secondly, only you, with all the information you can gather from the medical team, can really make the decision whether or not she'll cope with whatever treatment you go for. Bearing in mind the weight of the hound is generally born on the front, losing a rear limb might be marginally 'better' than a front leg. Lastly, do you feel it's ok to put an 11 year old through any treatment, amputation or not? For me, it's always been about quality of life in terms of what decisions we made. She may be ok with something like a K-9 Cart, and being lighter in weight than some Bassets, to her advantage. With a young hound, this decision (amputation) would be less of a hard decision but with an oldie, is it fair and what would be the prognosis re cancer spread.

I don't envy you having to make this decision. Good luck.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,155 Posts
1. a single leg amputation will not require the use of a wheel chair they can get along fine on 3 legs. It will likely prevent her from jumping op on furniture. and she will require assistance like a rear support harness to negotiate stairs. WHEN my harrier ran into a dump truck an tore ligaments in fornt and rear legs on the same side. He was soft cast and prevented intial; from using either leg. He actual was able to get along quite well on two legs though blancve wise he was better the faster he went.




 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10 Posts
Hi all,

First post - I have an 11 year old tri-color basset named Penny. She is the runt of the litter so on the smaller size weighing in about 50 pounds.
She had a grade 1 soft tissue sarcoma surgically removed in January 2021 that has unfortunately popped back up. I had a phone consult with a specialist today that said typically if it pops back up once it will continue to do so faster and more aggressive than before, and the best option is both surgery and radiation for an 80%+ success rate but it’s going to cost over $10,000 and just isn’t something we can afford.
I’m bringing her in January 3rd to get her ultrasounds so we make sure this second round hasn’t spread. Assuming it hasn’t we’ll have a surgery consult shortly thereafter and are considering amputation. My fear with this is that when we brought her in Sunday to look at the newest lump the vet pressed on her back and said her spine is soft, advising us to no longer allow her to go up and down our stairs and try to limit her jumping on and off the couches.
The most important thing to me is quality of life for my sweet girl, and I fear rear leg amputation is going to be extremely difficult on her deteriorating back. I‘m not totally confident that her personality would do well with a wheelchair, but maybe I’ll be surprised? I know no one can give me answers, maybe it just feels better to type it out, but if anyone does have advice I would so welcome it.
I understand you are between a rock and hard place. As if you do get rid of the leg then the cancer is gone but deterioration is a big factor due to age of your beloved dog.My thoughts would be (as was a fitness instructor before retire) how fit is your pooch now? Mine is very fit but i excericize him a lot still even though he is 10 and has about 10 percent of his 100 percent vision left ie he mostly blind but it seems not to bother him. So if your dog is very fit before the cancer her body will have good memory to recover and I think the prognosis could be good. Also if on a good diet etc. There is water therapy which is good for amptaion all in all a lot of time energy money and most of all love is needed around the clock. I feel that if you have a good reputable quality vet and his advice is sound and you can afford what it entails and are 100% confident in what he say and can go along with the after care he tells you to then I would say go with surgery. What is the character of your baby does she adapt well to changes? has she been ill before and recovered well? It's a bit like with people ie someone very sickly and old who is bed bound will and could deteriorate after surgery but someone of a similar age who has strong constitution etc may do well.Also try not to beat yourself up about whatever choice you make as you will always make the right one because you love her and in your heart of hearts know what the best answer is..if you still struggling to make a choice try sleeping on it after you have made a decision and see if you still feel comfotable with it in the morning. Good luck:)
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top