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Sasha’s story

By September 8, 2022September 9th, 2022No Comments

Meet Sasha, the affectionate 11 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross.

Sasha had struggled with a stiff ankle for some time, this was caused by arthritis and was treated with anti-inflammatories. But things had started to change – her limp became worse until she couldn’t put weight on her leg and pain relief was no longer controlling her pain.

When we examined her, there were some changes – the joint was swollen and her hip and thigh muscles had wasted away, telling us that she had not been using the leg as she had previously done.

We arranged to bring Sasha in for investigations; her blood tests in the clinic revealed no concerns, however her x-rays were a different story.

Rather than arthritis in her ankle, the bone of the joint was being destroyed.

This is a worrying sign caused either by a severe infection in the bone, or a form of cancer. We obtained samples from the swelling around the joint and these confirmed the diagnosis of a sarcoma – a malignant form of cancer that was destroying the bone in her ankle joint. We had no signs that the cancer had spread and, after discussion, decided amputation of her affected leg was the most appropriate treatment for the best possible outcome.

The surgery to remove her leg went smoothly.

Nobody could predict just how well Sasha would cope with this. In the days and weeks following surgery, her recovery has been incredible! She amazed us every time she walked through our door with how well she adapted to being on three legs and she is back to being the happy girl we know and love, rolling over for tummy tickles!