Living with Cancer
The glee in Roxy’s eyes was inescapable after her high speed racing around the edges of her enclosed yard.
Her slight limp didn’t interfere with our daily long walks. Actually, it was hard to pin down at first, which front leg had the limp.
Then one Tuesday afternoon coming home from her weekly social visit to the senior living home, no one could mistake her hobbling, painful progress to the car; right paw held high above the asphalt.
At the vet’s the next day Dr. Annette Jones did x-rays and pointed out the tell-tale area on the right leg. The six year old greyhound had osteosarcoma. We were sent to Veterinary Specialists of Rochester, N.Y. for thoracic amputation. Her right leg and shoulder had to go.
There her surgeon Dr. Mehler said Roxy came through surgery very well and could walk with support right away. She was in pain but no more than expected after such an invasive procedure. Roxy learned to adapt but when the pain over rode the medication, a new problem appeared.
She had been troubled by neck pain months earlier and had been treated for it. Now it returned with a vengeance. In her early struggle to compensate for the lost limb, she exaggerated head and neck bobbing.
Once she got a smoother rhythm the neck pain went away.
Roxane now sees Dr. Koch her oncologist, regularly for chemo treatment and blood work.
Those soft dark eyes no longer dart with pain but flash with the joy of play and you can hear her squeaking and prancing before a long walk with one of the two boy dogs she shares home with. She may finish their supper for them or snarl at the younger dog, but never does either one chastise her. She is the gentle queen. Long may it be so.
CCA has donated $600 to help pay the costs of Roxane’s treatment. Please also give generously to Roxane. To help sponsor treatment, you can click on the PayPal donate button below or send a check to:
Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc.
44 Devoe Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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