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Amputation Alternative Treatments For Dog Bone Cancer: Belle’s Journey: Vlog 94

Amputation Alternative Treatments For Dog Bone Cancer: Belle’s Journey: Vlog 94


(dog sneezes) – [Woman] Bless you. You ready? Ready for your last day?
(dog barking) You ready for your last treatment? (dog barks) Ready, come on. (upbeat music) – Good morning everyone. I’m excited we’re doing
something a little bit different. So, Belle is graduating chemotherapy. She is getting her sixth and
final chemotherapy treatment. She has osteosarcoma. It’s a little bit noisy. I’m recording outside, so bear with me. So, Belle is a Bernese Mountain dog, and she has osteosarcoma. So, she did not have an amputation, which is a little bit interesting and that’s something that I often get some questions about. So, she actually had a
limb-spare procedure, which means that we removed the segment of her affected bone and were able to spare her leg, and then she got chemotherapy. So, today is her sixth
and final chemotherapy, and then we’re gonna do a little bit of the chemotherapy
graduation and celebration. (gentle music) – [Doctor] All right Belle. – Belle-Belles, you ready? – [Doctor] You ready for the last one? – Yay, I know! – [Vet] Yeah, number six. – I missed her while I was gone. (background chatter) – So, while I was out here, I thought I would just tell you a little bit more about Belle. Her parent’s noticed that she was lame in April of this year, and they went in and she
had some x-rays at the end of the month and
that’s pretty classic. Remember I have three vlogs,
pretty brand new vlogs, you can watch all about osteosarcoma. She came to see me in May and she had her surgery at the end of May. And then we started her chemotherapy a couple of weeks later. – [Vet] Hi! How are you Belle? (kissing) (background chatter) Such a nervous dog. Such a nervous dog, you are. (office chatter) It’s your last chemo, what
do you think about that? Huh? She’s so fussy. You had a limb-spare. That’s why you overcame your osteosarcoma and you still have all your legs. (barking) Yeah! Okay, that’s it! We’ll get some blood. (lighthearted music) The distal radius, so
the end of this bone, is one of the few sites that
is candidates for limb-spare. And beyond that, then
the surgeon has to do some other assessments to make sure that you’re still a
candidate for a limb-spare. But Belle’s owners were really excited when Doctor Promosono determined that she was a candidate for a limb-spare procedure ’cause it’s
allowed her to keep the leg. – [Vet] So, let’s take a
look at Belle’s x-rays. So, these were her x-rays that we took before her
surgery at the end of May. And so what we can see here is that there was a lot
of lysis, or osteolysis, or bone destruction here
at the end of the bone. And, this is often what causes the pain and the swelling for the dog. So, most dogs will have an amputation, and so you can go back to
some of my other blogs, but this is one of the few locations that we can have a limb spare. So, let me show you what it
looks like after surgery. So, pretty cool. So, what we’re doing
here is we’re removing the segment of affected cancerous bone, and in this one we’re using a bone plate that has been designed for this. So, lots of measurements were done by Doctor Promosono, our surgeon, and then this bone plate is going in. It’s filling the defect
where he removed it and then all of these
screws will stay in there. These are her skin staples, which have since been
removed, and then she’s also, what you’re seeing up here is the cast, the padding that was on after surgery. – [Vet] All right guys we’re gonna do a little sneak peek in
the chemotherapy room. Belle is getting her sixth
and final chemotherapy. Super exciting. She’ll come back in a couple weeks and we’ll do some chest x-rays just to make sure that her
cancer has still not spread. (gentle music) (squealing) – Yay! – [Vet] That’s for you guys. – Oh, let me take the pink one. – Well, of course. – Aww! – It’s full of, like, water bowls. – Oh, no, that’s great. – And a chip clip, I dunno, and a leash. – [Cameraman] Some delicious pill pockets. – Pill pockets. Yay! (excited chatter) – What is this? – Oh my goodness, you are so perfect. – You are so funny. (kissing) – Happy chemotherapy graduation, Belle! – [All] Yay! (techno music) (dog barking)


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