Raven, a 7yo sweet natured Rotty X came from the pound. She was growly and grumpy when the pound vet tried to examine her. She reportedly had some hip issues.
Upon examination we soon learnt that she most likely has a bone cancer – osteosarcoma, a painful aggressive cancer that is common in rotties, in her left leg. Treatment of bone tumours usually involves amputation and chemotherapy. This would probably give her some two years of life. In her case, she has very arthritic hip joints so it is not a favourable option. Additionally she had a high grade mammary tumour which was removed with dirty margins – an independent problem.
We have decided that palliative care is the kindest option for her and we are doing our best to care for her at the shelter but for her to find a foster home to spend her remaining months with lots of spoiling and rest is the ultimate outcome.
Raven is very timid particularly of men. She avoids eye contact and reluctant to take treats and water. She walks at a slow pace because of her joint issues. She walks on loose lead and limps a bit. She ignores other dogs and cars. She sits on command. Walkers say:sweet gentle girl. We had a nice calm sniffy walk.