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HELP Working Kelpie - possible cancer in young 3 year old bitch

Hi, my husband loves his working kelpies and his best kelpie bitch Eve fractured her leg goat mustering (she is only 3yrs old) and since this happened she has been in and out of the vets. She has had anti inflammatory tablets and a few different types of antibiotics. She also has been on and off with her food. Now currently at our local vets, they have done blood tests to see if Eve had an infection as her leg is quite swallon with fluid. Bloody test came back showing not infection, but now a hard lump has developed. A biopsy has since been taken which we are waiting to hear back from hopefully early next week but the vet tells us that he thinks eve has cancer. We're not convinced as its where her fracture is which just seems too much of a coincidence. Eve has earnt her keep as my husbands working dog and he's fine if she can't work again as she will be a great pet at home with our little girl, but she is also his best friend and we don't want her to be put down if it's not cancer and something else?? Can you please help us. We live in SA rural Lucindale and are looking for help. We watch your show all the time and feel that Dr Chris Brown may have a different opinion that could be positive.

kisinclair

4 Answers

Damien

Hi there @kisinclair,

I am so sorry to hear about poor Eve, she certainly seems to be having a rough time at the moment.

Lumps in animals are always tricky to deal with. This is because it is very difficult to tell what the lump is just by feeling it or by looking at it.

I am sorry to say it is hard to make a suggestion as to what might be wrong with Eve without seeing her and performing a physical exam.

I would like to assure you that your vet is doing the right thing and a biopsy is definitely a good way of finding out more information and will reveal what sort of tissue the lump is made from.

This will then help your vet decide on the most appropriate treatment for Eve.

In the meantime, it is important to make sure Eve is as comfortable as possible.

Damien

Thank you for answering my question. Biopsy came back and vet has advised Eve has an aggressive Chondrosarcoma he seems to think the only option would be is to have Eve put to sleep. As you can imagine this isnt the news we were wanting to hear. Is there any treatment or other options we could do? The vet said its a soft tissue cancer but not sure if it's in her pelvis or just her leg.

We can believe that such a young fit healthy kelpie could get this. Is it genetic

kisinclair

Thank you for answering my question. Biopsy came back and vet has advised Eve has an aggressive Chondrosarcoma he seems to think the only option would be is to have Eve put to sleep. As you can imagine this isnt the news we were wanting to hear. Is there any treatment or other options we could do? The vet said its a soft tissue cancer but not sure if it's in her pelvis or just her leg.

We can believe that such a young fit healthy kelpie could get this. Is it genetic

kisinclair

Damien

Hi @kisinclair,

We are so very sorry to hear about Eve - with the condition being diagnosed by your Vet, he would still be the best person to discuss options with you.

Without seeing Eve we cannot advise on other treatments so again, we would advise to seek more info from your Vet -

At BondiVet.com we aim to give as much help and advice on pets and how to look after them, but unfortunately on this occasion we can only advise to talk through your options with your Vet, who will be the best person to speak with.

Hope you and your Vet can help Eve during this time, take care.

Damien

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