Q. My 13 year old Shih-Tzu has just been diagnosed with bone cancer in his left front leg. There is a knot at the joint. What happens now?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Treatment depends greatly on how the cancer is progressing and what you'd like to do for quality of life. If the cancer has not spread, some vets may recommend amputation of the leg to prevent further spread and prolong a healthier life. Your vet may also recommend monitoring with X-rays and bloodwork to watch for spread of the cancer to other areas. In some cases, chemotherapy may also be recommended to stop spread or treat it. Speaking with your vet about your dog's individual needs and issues is best in determining the course of action you'd like to take.