LEROY UPDATE: This dog is serious a CHAMP! He is shocking dr’s left and right and defying all odds! We went to our local vet today and she said everything looked amazing! He is healing really far faster than she thought he would with it being such and intense surgery, and that it was one of the best amputation incisions she has ever seen! We were lucky that all of our stitches were internal and we only added a few precautionary staples. Also, he did not need a drain. He uses his back leg like a little pogo stick and hopping all over the place! It’s a full time job to keep him still ha! We’ve been sleeping on the couches downstairs to be with him and while we were sleeping last night the little booger snuck upstairs to sleep in the master! He had’t even done a stair yet so we were obviously shocked! Kudos to Leroy but we will be blocking the stairs from now on! We have been having better BMs which is good! the only issues we faced today is that he keeps peeing on his bed. Not a little dribble, but like a stand up and pee. It’s only happened twice and both times were when I gave him his anti-anxiety optional pill (gave it to him day one of coming home and today for the vet). Not a big deal, just wondering if anyone has experienced this as well. Our appetite is still strong and our spirits are still high! So proud of this big guy! Thanks for everyone’s support and comments!
Leroy, our adorable 8.5 year old male English bulldog was diagnosed with an intermediate (stage 2) soft tissue sarcoma in his rear left leg. He is in excellent health and surprisingly physically fit (for a bulldog), had great blood, urine and fecal work up results…. and x-rays and CT’s showed no sign of metastasis. Life decision…. amputate or not?
We’d been prepped for a possible amputation for about 6 months now. We first thought the swelling in his rear leg was from a CCL when we noticed him slip outside after a random Dallas freeze. We did multiple aspirations of the swollen leg and nothing cancerous showed up on multiple times over 7 months. Anesthesia is a huge risk with bulldogs and his leg wasn’t growing or causing him pain so we decided to wait it out and go the holistic route (in hindsight i wish we would have amputated sooner).
Everything was going great until the tumor hit a phase of rapid growth (golf ball to grapefruit in 3 days) and started cutting off blood flow to his paw. It caused extreme swelling and pain! And badass Leroy has never known or shown pain. After a couple of sleepless nights and a day of denying food (this bully NEVER denies food), we left Dallas for an emergency visit to the Texas A&M small vet hospital and they diagnosed him with a spindle cell tumor in the hind left leg. Unfortunately the tumor was pushing on his pelvis as well so the recommended a full hind limb amputation and partial hip amputation as the best way to save our boy. Terrifying thinking of losing so much of his body… PLUS the risks of surgery with him being a senior bulldog.
On 10/24/2017 Leroy had his hind leg and partial hip amputation surgery and did fabulous! He shocked us and the amazing Drs at Texas A&M during his surgery and recovery! This senior bulldog rocked his almost 6 hour long surgery and hopped around like pro the SAME day! Everyone was so impressed with his energy!! He’s already so much happier as a Tripawd! I was terrified to pick him up after his surgery (he stayed 3.5 days with A&M post op) thinking he would hate me for what I did to him. Also terrified that I would be devastated seeing his new crazy body and all the pain I put him through. NOPE! I cried tears of joy bc my baby was no longer in pain! He was smiling, his eyes were joyful and happy and he was thankful that we cut the pain off of him!
Leroy came home on 10/28/2017 and is loving life on 3 legs! We are 4 days post op and he has tons of energy, a huge appetite and we are loving all our new toys! He has mastered walking (more like sprinting) as a Tripawd. Our only issue right now is that bc we had to remove part of his hip, his incision is extremely large and very close to his “sewage drainage”. His tummy is upset and he’s been having a lot of diarrhea. No solid BM since surgery. We are on an antibiotics for it so hopefully it will his tummy will normalize soon. We are feeding him a very bland diet of boiled chicken mixed with some 1/4 of a can of Hill’s i/d stewed canned food the vets gave us. He still scarfs it down and his appetite is beyond strong!! Praying for a solid BM so we don’t have to worry about his “sewage” getting near the incision. Currently we are taking him to the 24 hr vet for re-bandaging after each upset stomach potty. All of his stitches are interior, but today before we picked him up they added a few staples to secure one location. It has caused a lot of drainage, possible due to a seroma that was there before they stapled.
Post op we did find out he is grade 2 Neurofibrosarcoma that has not metastasized to date. Unfortunately we only got 3 mm margins (3 cm is preferrred) and we go back to Texas A&M in 2 weeks to plan with oncology and the next steps for his treatment. We are currrently on the typical drugs: Gabapentin, Tramadol and Rymidol, as well as Metronidazole (antidiarrheal) and Clavamox (antibiotic). We also have an anti naseau pill and an anti anxiety to help him sleep since he seems to have forgotten that he had a major surgery. Thank goodness for the person who recommended cheese whiz for helping with pills. He happily takes all his pills now!
It’s amazing how strong and resilient dogs are. I am in awe of his strength and his happiness as a Tripawd.
Here are some pics of his journey! 3 Legs Zero Problems!
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