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Welcome to the Canine Bone Cancer Resource site. Chances are if you have found this website, you have recently found out that your beloved dog has osteosarcoma (bone cancer). I went through this experience myself in the Fall of 2003 and Spring of 2004. On April 24th, 2004 I lost Wulfgar to this horrible disease. This website is a tribute to Wulf and all the dogs on the bone cancer messages groups in the hope that their suffering was not in vain.

The first thing that I want you to know is that you have options. Don't let anybody tell you that you don't. When Wulf was diagnosed I was told to amputate his leg immediately, and if I didn't, not to wait to long to put him to sleep. That was it. Those were my choices. I wasn't told about chemotherapy, palliative radiation or any other kind of treatment. I left the vet's office believing that I would lose Wulf before the week was out. This was not acceptable to me. I knew that there had to be other options.

So many of us generally only have access to small town veterinarians. This is not to say that your local vet doesn't know what he or she is doing. They just may not have the specialized experience of dealing with and treating cancer on a daily basis. Out of necessity, they have to be jacks-of-all-trades.

You will have to  take into consideration many things when deciding on a course of treatment. Your finances and your proximity to a veterinary oncologist are two big factors to consider. I was fortunate enough to have pet insurance for Wulf. I remember non-dog people making fun of me for it. Without the insurance we could never have afforded Wulf's radiation treatments. Your dog's size, age, and nature will also determine his or her treatment.
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