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I posted the other day about my almost 11 year old Rottie.


Things have been going on with her that her Vet do not check out so I got tried of messing around with them and took Tasha to a specialist yesterday after some Xrays on her legs I was told she has Osteosarcoma bone cancer in her right front leg.


As that is not upsetting enough now I have had to make the hard decision as to what is the best thing to do after many hours of crying and trying to make the best one I can make I have opted to go ahead with the surgery of amputating her right front leg with Chemo following.


I still dont know if is it the right thing to do my fears are this if we have her leg taking off first would she at her age and all ready being over weight and all ready has arthritis in hips would she be able to a just to this I dont know.


My thought on this is if I dont remove the leg I would have to put her down now do to the pain she is in I dont want her in pain so put her down now or remove the leg the vet tell me that even with doing that she will be in alot less pain then she is in now and she will have pain meds for that and recovery will be fast.


If I remove the leg and it dont work out with her being able to get around I would still have to put her down so I am thinking the worst out come of this is having to put her down now or soon after or she will do ok.


The cancer has not spread as of yet so the vet is telling me that with removeing the leg and chemo she could live happy and pain free for as much as a year.


Just wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and how the dog did with removeing the leg at this age.


I dont want to sound selfish and I know the time will come but I am not ready to let her go yet and I dont think she is ready yet either.


I know the time is coming but if I can get her passed this and pain free for awhile longer until I know I have to let her go am I just being selfish.


Please give me some reply fast as to if anyone has done this and how your baby did.
 

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This is such a hard call to make.Putting an old Rottweiler under can be a bad thing and you could loose her on the table.I have a friend who did the same thing with her dog(much younger tho) and she only had her a year longer.


Again we can not make this choice for you.It is going to be hard.I would rather remember her whole then trying at her age to hobble around with three legs.It was a hard choice I made also when it was time for Zelda to go.It will be her birthday on the 8 and this is the first time in 13 years that I have to pass this day on my own.


So sorry for you.We will be thinking about you .


Donna
 

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Hi Tasha , sorry to hear about your girl . It's always hard to let a family member go , one that has been there for you for 11 years . I can feel your pain and know what you are going through . I think that most of us here have lost a fur friend and some of us more then we would haveliked to . I have had Rotts as long as I can remember.....we who own them know that their life span isMaximum 12 yrs . I want to say this in a nice way but there isn't any way to do that .....you need to let her go with her dignity she's been good to you now be good to her . Thats just my opinion , you have to make the decision of what is right for you .
 

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Im so sorry to hear this, try and keep your chin up for your girl, she will sense whats going one.


I have always lived in a house full of animals and my mum always made a point of letting me be there when any of our pets were put to sleep, she always let them go before diesease took hold or dignity was lost.


I look at it this way, I would not want to die in pain, I wouldnt want to be put through surgery that carries many risks, especially when at that momet im not in a great deal of pain and I have had a very long life, that and adapting to losing a leg at an old age would be hard


The decision is yours, shes your baby, do what you think is best for her, even if it might break your heart in the process
 

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Wish I could say something to make it easier. There is NOTHING that makes that decision easy. I had to put my dog down not too long ago and it still hurts. It bothers me to have taken his life even if it was for the best. He was suffering but I had that little bit of hope right till the end that something would happen and he would turn around and get well. Cancer is a terrible thing. It takes its toll on your dog and it takes its toll on you as well. Cherish your time with her and take lots of pics fr the memmories.


I won't try to sway you one way or the other. It was hard enough to make my own decision at that time and I still second guess myself. BUT there are days that I know I did what was best for him. I will see him again some day
 

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Hi Tasha, I so sorry to hear the bad news. I don't know what i would do as i have never been in the situation the only dog that my mom had that was partically mine we had to put down she had gotten bloat and by the time we got to the vet she had torked both ways and we had the choice to do surgrey but it wasn't 100% taht it would work or that she would come out of the anistethics. I wanted to do surgrey being on 15 ro 16 and my mom said no. She waged her tail and gave us all kisses before she left and i balled my eyes out but when it comes to duke i don't know what i would do cause i'm older now and i'm a very attaching person and myself might just do the surgrey but i don't know. I would like to know how everything turns out as well as everyone here also and we keep you in our prayers. Take care.
 
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