And it's not. After losing our little boy, Edgrrr to lymphoma in February we have now learned that Lily has bone cancer. It is centered on her front left leg at the paw and leg juncture. We have consulted with our vet, who in turn consulted with others including one at the University of Florida. And while there is a somewhat experimental bone grafting procedure the consensus to relieve her pain and prolong her life is amputation.
We are not strangers to cancer or amputation. Our second Rottie, Echo had a nasty tissue to tissue cancer in a rear leg. We knew she had less than a 50/50 chance but the procedure gave her 10 good months. A front leg is a bit more difficult for deep chested big dogs, but they adapt.
It is not something we do lightly. But she deserves a chance at another 2 years, maybe more if we get lucky.
She has a consult with the surgeon on Monday, we are hoping they can do it Tuesday. There is no evidence it has spread to her lungs yet and there is a chance with the weakened bone she could break it, so the sooner the better.