Osteosarcoma: Bone Cancer in Dogs

Osteosarcoma: Bone Cancer in Dogs

Osteosarcoma Treatment for Dogs in Melbourne

Our veterinary clinic in Melbourne specializes in treating osteosarcoma, a common type of bone cancer in dogs. We understand the challenges of this diagnosis and are dedicated to providing advanced and compassionate care for your pet.

Diagnosing Osteosarcoma in Dogs

Early and accurate diagnosis is crucial:

  • Physical Examination: Assessing any lameness, swelling, or pain, which are common symptoms of osteosarcoma.
  • Radiographs (X-rays): X-rays are essential for identifying changes in the bone that are indicative of osteosarcoma.
  • Biopsy: A biopsy is often necessary to confirm the diagnosis of osteosarcoma and determine the cancer’s stage and aggressiveness.

Treatment Options

Treatment for osteosarcoma in dogs typically involves a combination of therapies:

  • Surgical Removal: The primary treatment for osteosarcoma is to surgically remove the affected bone, which may involve limb amputation in some cases.
  • Chemotherapy: Post-surgical chemotherapy is often recommended to address any potential spread of the cancer and to prolong the quality of life.
  • Pain Management: Effective pain management strategies are essential for ensuring your pet’s comfort.


The cost of treating osteosarcoma in dogs can vary depending on the extent of the treatment required, including surgery and chemotherapy. We will provide a detailed estimate following the initial evaluation.

Payment Options

We offer various payment options to help manage the costs of osteosarcoma treatment:

  • GapOnly: Eases the burden of insurance claims by covering the gap amount not paid by pet insurance.
  • VetPay: A financing solution to spread the cost of treatment over time.
  • Zip Money: Flexible payment plans to ease immediate financial pressures.


Comprehensive aftercare is vital for recovery:

  • Postoperative Recovery: Guidance on caring for your dog after surgery, including wound care and activity restrictions.
  • Chemotherapy Management: Managing the side effects of chemotherapy and monitoring your dog’s overall health and wellbeing.
  • Regular Check-Ups: Ongoing appointments to monitor the progression and response to treatment.

At our Melbourne clinic, we’re committed to providing the highest standard of care for dogs with osteosarcoma, ensuring they receive the best possible treatment and support throughout their journey.