I have an 8 year old St. Bernard. Yesterday she was climbing down the stairs and tripped. She hurt her leg. She was able to walk but was limping and her leg has a huge bump. Although she seemed ok today I decided to take her to the vet just to be on the safe side. He did some xrays and it's not good. She has inflammation which I expected from the fall. However, I did not expect him to tell me that parts of her bone appear to be "eaten away." This was not caused by the fall but has been happening for awhile. He suggested that we do a biopsy to find out for sure if it is bone cancer. His gut feeling is that it probably is because of my dog's age and breed and because of what he is seeing on the xrays. If it is bone cancer he said I basically have 2 choices: amputation or just make her comfortable as possible until it is time to put her to sleep.
I am devastated. I've been crying all day. This is not what I expected. I just don't know what to do. Has anyone else had to deal with this?