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Because a histopathology was not originally performed, it does make your situation more difficult because you don't know if this amputation would be curative or not. The idea that your vet has is basically to take a much wider margin (by a LOT!) and just amputate the whole limb. The problem is, they cannot be sure this will fix it but watching it slowly get worse isn't much of an option either.I would, personally, discuss two things with your vet:1) A fine needle aspirate of the tumor to see if a sample can be obtained of the cells where a pathologist can then educate you on the best approach. 2) Impression smears of the tumor to see if a sample can be obtained of the cells where a pathologist can educate you on the best approach.This is a more pricy approach, but it may also safe you money in the long run and tell you if there is something that WILL work instead of coming from the directions that it just might work. Some cancers will grow back no matter what we do. Other cancers can be curative if we take a wide margin (like an amputation). For a tumor that's rapidly growing but going to keep growing, there's really no reason to amputate a limb if it's not going to buy the dog any time at all.Once this information is had, you'll know what direction to take. It usually takes 1-3 days for a pathology to get results back to the clinic on what to do.At this time, it doesn't sound like natural remedies are going to take care of the whole problem but it certainly won't hurt for you to continue with any therapy you're already using. This may allow you to buy some time to wait for the pathology reports.If they come back stating that the cancer is infiltrative and there's a poor prognosis, it would be recommended to spend some time with your companion enjoying life and once the tumor becomes large enough to impede his walking or enjoyment of life, then elect euthanasia.If they come back stating that wide margins with likely be curative with a fair to good or even excellent prognosis, that would be the time to pursue removal.Another option which may be worthwhile to explore would be a referral to a veterinary oncologist who has more experience with tumors of this variety and may be able to lend an experienced hand to your boy's case.If my answer has helped you, please take the time today to leave positive feedback for me. This is the only way that I will be compensated for assisting you. Your satisfaction is my primary focus, so if questions remain please respond so that I may finish assisting you before you rate my service.