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    My dear sweet Buddy has cancer. He is 8.5 years old. It is osteosarcoma. If he doesn't have his foreleg amputated he will die in a month or 3. If he has his fore leg amputated he has a 50% chance of living up to 6 months and a 20% chance of living a year or more. Buddy saved my life. I owe him for everything he has brought to my life. He wants to live. If he has his leg amputated and lives 6 months is it worth it? WTF ???????????
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    My heart goes out to you and Buddy. It is not an easy decision for anyone to make. I think you have to follow your heart and do what you feel is right for your dog. Whatever you decide will be the right answer for you and Buddy.

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    Our Austin went through this. We amputated the left rear at the hip when he was 7
    He ran his first Ht after losing the leg, became a master hunter and got 4 all age points on 3 legs.
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    We had 20 months with him and would do it again in a heartbeat.
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    thank you

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    Do I think? "what would I want if it were me?" Do I think? "what would Buddy want?" Do I think? "Is the surgery worth it for a couple more months?"

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    thank you so much

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    It will be worth it, I did LarPar surgery on my 12 y/o, most wouldn't do it, it improved his quality of life and was worth every penny and I think it helped give me an extra couple years with him....it's not on the same level as loosing a leg, but I know too many nice tri-pods to even think your dog wouldn't come out just fine, I think loosing a leg is more traumatic for us than the dog.

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    my surgeon has had osteosarcs live three or four years longer. it all depends on the metastasis. don't give up hope. prayers for you and buddy. Did they do tests to see how far the cancer has spread?
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    Do what is right by your dog....dont let anyone talk you in or out of the decision..its really the last major decision one makes as a dog owner, its a schiat sandwich no matter what you decide..You have to make the call, don't second guess yourself, dont be selfish.....
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