I mentioned in a couple of other posts that our dog Luca was probably going to have surgery to repair a torn CCL. When I first brought him to the vet when we noticed he wasn’t putting weight on his right hind leg, the vet said that it was probably a torn CCL and the surgery would cost approximately $5000. He said to come back in a few weeks because it might be something that would heal and we’d go from there. He gave Luca a pain/anti-inflammatory medication. As time went on Luca had some days that he would run around like nothing was wrong, then he’d have a bad day where he would limp again. Finally, I decided that surgery was inevitable and after figuring out how I was going to pay for it, I scheduled him for his x-rays. He would have to be put under for the x-rays, so I dropped him off first thing in the morning and waited at home for the call to pick him up. When I went back to get him the vet brought me in to look at the x-rays. He said that Luca’s knee was fine, but the news wasn’t good. He has bone cancer. I just stood there with my mouth hanging open.
Bone cancer is very common in large breed dogs and it’s aggressive. It usually metastasizes to the organs quickly. The vet also x-rayed Luca’s chest but there was no cancer there…yet.
So there’s nothing that can be done for my sweet boy. The vet told me to let him do whatever he wants - let him enjoy life and that’s what we’re doing. Other than limping, you’d never know he was sick. He still eats like a horse, he gets treats galore, he’s lavished with hugs and kisses, I took him to my mom’s cabin so he could wade around in the lake (it’s one of his favorite things to do!) I take him on short walks in the woods - walking is tough for him but as long as he’s off-leash he can kind of hop-run. And he can move pretty fast like that. He goes into the brush and sniffs around, shoots back out, and has a huge mastiff grin on his face.
The vet said we’ll know when it’s time. My heart is broken. I learned when my son was diagnosed with cancer that I can only take one day at a time. If I look into the future, I can’t breathe. Some will say, he’s just a dog, but he’s our big, squishy, laid-back, gentle giant that has given us so much love. He’s our boy, a part of our family.