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Apr 07 2022

Knee tumor – The beginning

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What a month March has been. I invited my mom to take care of my dogs one weekend when she noticed my eldest dog (Punky) was walking a bit funny. There seemed to be some kind of mass in her left back knee. That freaked me out because I hadn’t noticed that the day before so how fast was this tumor growing?? Luckily, I was able to get a visit with my vet quickly however she had to refer me to a specialty hospital because she suspected it could be a malignant tumor. Those specialty vets tend to be booked way in advance and we were lucky YET AGAIN to find an appointment within days. As soon as the oncologist/surgeon saw her, she suspected it was cancer and she should get her leg amputated. Woah…How did this happen so quickly? How can this dog that has such a joy for life and loves to run need to get her leg amputated? I had to at least try to get some answers before deciding to get her leg amputated.

To be honest, now that I went through everything, going through the journey of fighting for her leg was the best decision I could make for her. I tried every avenue before deciding to amputate her leg. Don’t ever feel obligated to get your animal’s leg amputated if there’s a slight chance it could not be cancer (which that was her case). After I decided I would work the steps to checking all possible options, it was an insane and crazy journey from there.

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4 Responses to “Knee tumor – The beginning”

  1.   benny55on 08 Apr 2022 at 4:28 am     Reply1

    We look forward to following the journey of your precious Punky. Punky sounds quite “spunky” 😉
    Good for you for doing your research and checking out options. We’ll be looking for more of Punky’s journey…..
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    •   lvcm2189on 11 Apr 2022 at 5:24 pm     Reply2

      Yes! Punky is definitely very spunky and sassy haha. Yes! The research and asking a lot of questions I feel was very important to her journey and recovery because it got overwhelming really quick for everyone so we had to stay on top of every single thing. It was very anxious but we’re getting through it!

      I’ll keep posting about it! Too many things happened at once…Hugs to you all!

  2.   jerryon 09 Apr 2022 at 3:32 pm     Reply3

    Oh man I’m sorry for that discovery. Yeah, those lumps can grow FAST. It happened to our Wyatt once and thankfully it wasn’t cancer. Your vet is awesome for referring you out so quickly. Many vets do not, or they try to resect the tumor themselves which often leads to more problems later.

    As unfortunate as it was to find yourself in that situation. having everything fall into place was a true blessing. Punky’s got a guardian angel looking out for all of you!

    And great advice about deciding to amputate. THank you.

    •   lvcm2189on 11 Apr 2022 at 5:30 pm     Reply4

      That lump grew so fast! What did Wyatt end up having?
      Yes! My primary vet is very awesome. She knew this was out of her comfort zone and said it’s better to just get a specialist to look at it since the get go.

      It’s so scary to just make decisions and hope for the best. Sometimes that’s all you can do.

      Definitely! I would have felt terrible if she had a chance to save her leg and I amputated it just because “it could be” cancer. If I were her and couldn’t speak, I’d definitely would want someone to advocate for me to try and not get my leg amputated.

      You’re welcome!

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