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k9diabetes 08-08-2012 09:18 PM

Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar
I happened to see the posts about Sugar elsewhere and his having a nerve sheath tumor on his leg... :( I know you're going to see the specialist tomorrow and just wanted you to know that we will be thinking about you and hoping for the best possible outcome.


Patty 08-09-2012 10:16 AM

Re: Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar
Hope the specialist appointment goes well!

bgdavis 08-10-2012 08:59 AM

Re: Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar
Thanks for your support.

The trip to OSU yesterday didn't go as well as I had hoped. Sugar has a mass tumor on his right carpal planter surface. It is called hemangiopericytoma or a peripheral nerve sheath tumor, grade 1.

Normally, a grade 1 would be a good thing since it is the least damaging and is removed successfully by surgery. However, because of Sugar's location, right behind the last pad of his paw, and the size, it cannot be removed surgerically without reconstruction surgery as well. We're talking about a 2 to 3 week hospitalization and two separate surgeries with a skin graft from his stomach. It's also very expensive.

The second recommendation is for 21 'hits' of radiation. Luck isn't with us since the nearest place that could do this therapy is the University of Missouri at Columbia, a 400-mile round trip for us. I can't possibly drive that 21 times over a month nor can I take off 3 weeks or more of work to temporarily go there. I have other animals that I'd have to kennel or find a pet sitter.

That leaves us with chemo therapy. The OSU oncologist who looked at Sugar yesterday said that there isn't any chemo that will reduce the tumor, but some that could prevent it from growing. This is the direction I think we'll pursue. That and keeping him pain free. They started him on Tramadol.

I just can't see putting Sugar through either the recommended surgery. Amputation of his fore leg is out because of his weight and age.
We will have to return to OSU for a visit with the oncologist to get started. I don't know when we'll do that.

I feel so bad because I didn't notice the tumor while it was small enough to excise without the extensive damage to his leg and paw. But then the groomer and two vets didn't notice it either.

I have a lot to think over this weekend.

Bonnie and Angel Criss

Judi 08-10-2012 09:14 AM

Re: Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar
Bonnie, so sorry to hear this. Too bad there isn't a vet tech in Columbia who could foster Sugar for 3 weeks. But you probably woudn't feel comfortable not being there for the radiation and any side effects anyway.

We do what we can. hugs, Judi

Soaphie & Sydney's Mom 08-10-2012 03:10 PM

Re: Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar
Bonnie - so sorry to hear of Sugars ailments and your aching heart. We are here for you!!!

Tami, Soaphie and Sydney

k9diabetes 08-10-2012 05:53 PM

Re: Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar
Bonnie... so sorry to hear that the surgery would be so extensive.

I confess I might consider the amputation if the tumor starts to enlarge. Given the alternative...

How old is Sugar?


Shellie 08-12-2012 12:25 PM

Re: Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar
So sorry to hear of this diagnosis, Bonnie! I'll be hoping that the chemo will help! Hugs!

bgdavis 08-13-2012 05:35 AM

Re: Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar

We don't really know how old Sugar is since he came from a rescue group. I've had him (and Hank) for 8 years. The vet thought Sugar was about 2 to 2 1/2 and Hank was less than a year old when I got them in 2004.

Sugar certainly isn't the 'good patient' that Criss was! He's already completely destroyed 2 Elizabethan collars! One he managed to split in half. And because of this, he's messed with the incision from the biopsy and has infection.

He's getting antibiotics and pain meds. I have to take him back to OSU to start the chemo. Don't have a date yet.

Bonnie and Angel Criss

k9diabetes 08-17-2012 03:46 PM

Re: Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar
I'm sorry I missed this post the last couple of days Bonnie.

Well, I guess Sugar feels well enough to be a handful! I guess there's something to be said for that.

If only we could explain things to them...

Hoping for good things for Sugar from chemotherapy.


Patty 09-25-2012 11:34 AM

Re: Bonnie - thinking of you and Sugar
How are things going with Sugar?

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