4 yr old Ruger Diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma

4 yr old Ruger Diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma

by Tim Rhodes
(Petaluma CA USA)

Ruger is my best friend! He’s a 4 year old pitbull who loves everyone. I first got him when he was 7 weeks old.

Back in May we noticed that Ruger had sort of a limp. We took him in to the vet where they ran X-rays and determined that he had a slight ACL tear in his left hind leg.

A little over a month ago he went in for surgery. Everything went well and nothing was out of the norm. They had taken X-rays and done a full blood panel just before the surgery.

After a month of Ruger not bearing weight on his repaired leg we became very concerned. We took him in Tuesday Dec 26th to have another follow up visit with the vet. More X-rays were taken followed by two apertures.

Diagnosis: chondrosarcoma.

The X-rays did not look good. Where the leg connects to the hip of his surgically repaired leg has almost completely deteriorated and it has already spread down into his femur. Because the tumor is located in the pelvis region, surgery is unfortunately not an option.

I’m completely devastated. My baby boy!! I can’t bear the thought of having to say goodbye to him. My whole family is in shambles because Ruger has brought so much joy and happiness into many lives. He’s changed people's opinions and how they view the pitbull breed.

He has been therapeutic for my sister and she would sometimes use him at school as a therapy dog. He’s always been happy and healthy, but now it seems his life has taken a drastic turn for the absolute worst.

If anyone has had a similar experience with a younger dog being diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, I would like to hear your story. Is anyone else going through this as well?

Please help me understand what to do!

(This story was submitted on December 31, 2017)

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Jan 31, 2018
by: Anonymous

I am so so sorry about your puppy Ruger. My boxer has liver cancer herself and I am very sad that I will have to say goodbye to her very soon. The only thing I could recommend or suggest for a tumor is CBD oil. It does not have THC in it so it will not get him high or anything like that, it is legal and natural.

I cannot say for sure it would help but if you love someone anything is worth trying and some people do say it shrinks tumors. You can purchase it online if you do not know where to purchase in your city.

Sending you, Ruger, and your family love.

Jan 11, 2018
So sorry
by: Jackie

I read your story. I'm so sorry for your family and for Ruger. He's truly gorgeous. I don't know anything about the tumor he has. I just felt moved by your message. I wish you all the very best and hope that you can get through this hard time.

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