Facing a medical challenge and the possibility of amputation is never an easy situation, even when the patient in question happens to have four legs instead of two. Last October, my yellow lab, Jake, developed a growth on his hind foot. When I took him to the veterinarian to be checked, the culture revealed suspicious cells that were initially thought to be cancerous, and the vet scheduled surgery to amputate Jake’s toe. However, upon further review, the vet revised Jake’s diagnosis and reversed her decision. Jake kept his toe, tumor and all.