Unfortunately, sometimes health issues can arise, and one of the most serious is osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that affects the bones, most commonly in the legs of dogs. It is the most common type of bone cancer and can be very aggressive.

So, what is osteosarcoma? In simple terms, it is a malignant tumour that forms in the bone and can spread to other parts of the body. It is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors and can affect any breed, though larger breeds are more likely to be affected. If you suspect your pet has osteosarcoma, it is important to see your veterinarian right away. Diagnosis will include physical exams, X-rays, and potentially a biopsy, which is the only way to definitively diagnose the cancer. Once diagnosed, your veterinarian will discuss treatment options with you. The most common treatments are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and amputation. Chemotherapy is a powerful anti-cancer drug that can be used to control tumour growth and spread. Radiation therapy is used to shrink the tumour, while amputation is necessary if the tumour is too large or if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

No matter what treatment option is chosen, the most important thing is to make sure your pet is comfortable and to give them as much love and support as possible. Osteosarcoma is a serious and aggressive disease, but with the right treatment, your pet can still lead a long and happy life.