Saturday, April 26, 2008

Porter update

this is an older picture of Porter

It isn't a torn ligament. The doctor looked at the older x-ray of Porter's leg and noticed part of his bone appeared to be 'moth eaten'. Anyone who knits or loves wool knows what that means.....holes. He wasn't sure if it was the arthritis or signs of cancer. He took another x-ray to rule it out prior to surgery and said there was more.

He did not need the surgery. When he was put under, the doctor found that he didn't need the surgery after all. However, when I was at the vet's office, he told me it was either an extremely form of arthritis, or bone cancer. The doc said if he were an older dog he would say cancer for sure. Problem is, Porter isn't even two. He did some more research and found this type of cancer is common in large breed dogs from the ages of 7-9 with another smaller spike in dogs 1.5-2 years old. Translation....Porter. He said he's pretty sure it's cancer. Yuck.

There were lots of options given to us as to what to do next. We have another x-ray scheduled for him in May. If it shows even more 'mothing', which we think it will, we have decisions to make. We can let it run it's course, amputate the leg (he's currently not using it, the muscles have begun to atrophy, and it hurts him), and/or chemotherapy.

I really don't want to think of these things.

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