Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer) in Rottweilers
In order to arrive at a definitive diagnosis, your vet will usually conduct radiographic tests of the affected bone. He may also opt to do specific blood tests to eliminate other possible disease conditions that share similar symptoms with Osteosarcoma. To confirm initial diagnosis and test results, a biopsy is often done. If it is bone cancer, your vet can assess the severity of the disease and give you a prognosis.
Just like in humans, bone cancer in Rottweilers has also several stages depending on the severity of the disease. In the early stages when the tumor has not yet spread or metastasized to other parts of the body and it can still be easily removed, surgery is the usual option to remove the tumor and/or the affected bone.
What follows surgery are rounds of chemotherapy to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and radiotherapy to alleviate pain brought about by the cancer.
Like any form of cancer, the earlier it is detected, the better the prognosis.
Most cases of limb amputation before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body have added years to a Rottweiler’s life though reoccurrence of cancer may always be a possibility.