So, Pandora honey? Mind if Rubygirl has some space on your blog?
On February 26, we took Ruby to see a vet oncologist who laid out all our options. I’ve already talked about why we didn’t choose amputation in this case (see previous blog post), but what we did chose was radiation therapy.
Based on what the vet said, radiation therapy could in some cases slow down tumor growth (if I remember correctly – my sincere apologies if I’m wrong on this), and can make a dog with osteosarcoma more comfortable and help with pain. We were all for that, especially considering that, based on what we were told, radiation is not hugely invasive and typically well tolerated.
The clinic we took her to was pretty great and actually leaves space open on clinic days for things like this, so long story short they were able to do the treatment that afternoon. They did have to sedate Ruby, which of course always comes with a risk, but she thankfully did great.
We picked her up that evening and she was a little groggy from the meds, but overall seemed well. We were told that radiation treatment can weaken the bone so we tried to keep her particularly quiet for at least the following week.
Since then, it does seem like her gate got and maybe still is a little smoother than it was prior to the treatment (she’s on pain meds so I’m sure that’s helping too). At her checkup yesterday, her regular vet didn’t notice a significant change in the bump on her leg. I’ll take what I can get!!
Ask me questions if you have them and I will try to update with more stories about Ruby (swimming is involved), and of course Pandora (if she doesn’t hate me for letting Ruby steal her blog a little ;))
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