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From: Stephanie Richmond
Date: 2009-12-15 13:16:48 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Swollen knee questions

Bone cancer does hurt, but animals often hide their pain. We had a
dog who had bone cancer in one hind leg that was inoperable (tumor was
too close to the joint to make removal possible). She was put on pain
medications and bone health suppliments, and when it became clear that
the pain medications were no longer working, she was helped to pass
on. By that point, the bone in her leg was just goo, and she hadn't
walked on it in months.
I would definately get a second opinion and ask for something for the
inflammation and pain, and be prepared to help her pass at some point.

I did have one foster ferret about 5 years ago who had bone cancer on
her skull, so it does happen. She did not seem to be in any pain
(playing up until the end), but the tumor eventually invaded her jaw
and sealed it shut. That cancer was very aggressive and the tumor
spread from the back of her head to her jaw in a matter of weeks.


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