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Whatever decision you make for your dog will be the right one.
do you know if the cancer has spread into the lungs? If not, you still might want to consider amputating the leg instead.
It does NOT cure the cancer, but it does cure the pain. A lot of dogs go on to have many more quality months after the cancerous limb is removed.
But that, of course, depends on the overall health and how well he may be able to get around on 3 legs, given his age.
A happy/sad story. A customer of mine with an 11 year old golden retriever got a diagnosis of bone cancer in the rear leg the very beginning of July of 2009.
They opted not to amputate the leg, because the vets said she would only live a couple of months.
They now regret it, it's been almost 8 months. She's in a fair amount of pain from the cancer, and the leg has been broken now and is splinted. BUT she is still happy, eats well, and loves life. AND it still has not spread into her lungs! So they think they may still have a fair amount of quality time left with her.
Thoughts and prayers go out to you. Do consider asking your vet what, if any, benefit might be had from amputation instead, as long as you understand it's done to control pain, not to cure the cancer.
CH Rosewood Little Giant, VCD2 UDX VER RA MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP TD DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD NN UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"