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MishathePooh
19th July 2007, 11:31 PM
My neighbor's dalmatian mix whom I believe is between 7-10 years old was just diagnosed with osteosarcoma. From my brief investigation, I have come up with a few conclusions.

1. The dog will be in pain without amputation.
2. The dog will only live 4-6 months without chemo.
3. Chemo may only prolong her life about 6 months.
4. The prognosis for osteosarcoma is very poor.

She asked me if there are any cancer fighting or immune stimulating supplements out there to help. The things I've come up with so far are:Omega 3's + Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and fresh organic broccoli put through a food processor. Any other ideas on how to help her dog through this?

Cathy Moon
20th July 2007, 04:54 AM
I'm so sorry your friend and her dog are faced with this. If it were me, I'd find a holistic veterinarian. Here is a website to search for one:
http://www.viim.org/findvets/vetlist.asp

It looks like there's one in Copley, Ohio at an excellent large practice. There are many specialists in Copley. I don't know if OSU has Holistic care, but it might be worth a try.

Denise G.
20th July 2007, 05:25 AM
I came across this info recently and thought it might help. For more info take a look at the flaxseedoil2 yahoo group. It's really for human cancer patients, but there are a few posts re: cancer in dogs. I've heard good things about the K9 Immunity product mentioned below.

Our 13 1/2 year old golden retriever had a malignant melanoma in the
mouth removed about 6 months ago. It was was about half the size of a
golf ball and was tested and found to have a low nuclear atypia
(sic?), so it was not very aggressive. Nevertheless, the vet did not
seem optimistic. We had been giving him the cottage cheese/flax oil
blend about 3 - 5 times a week until about 7 months before this
incident when we moved and our routine was disrupted. He was getting
it about once a week and sometimes less. Shortly before the tumor we
had switched from the best kibble money can buy to a diet of all
fermented meat and some fermented vegetables (mostly broccoli). He
loved his new diet and it cleared up a chronic skin problem. He does
not like raw meat, but loves it fermented. He also got tired of the
Budwig blend fairly quickly, but will eat it if I sprinkle some liver
pate on it (I make this on a regular basis with chicken livers,
seaweed and shitake mushrooms. It's his favorite food by far. If I
try to put capsules in tasty food he eats the food and spits out the
pill. With pate it goes down so fast it has never failed.)

After having the tumor removed we found out about a product called K-9
Immunity. (http://www.alohamed icinals.com/ pet.htm (http://www.alohamedicinals.com/pet.htm)) Many dogs with
cancer have been helped by this product, but it is quite expensive.
It is a Beta Glucan therapy derived from the cordyceps mushroom. The
tumor had been surgically removed, but it had "roots" in the jaw that
were hard and could be easily felt. These roots went away fairly
quickly and there has been no recurrence that we can tell. We have
cut back the dosage of K-9 immunity quite a bit and supplanted it with
Beta-1,3D Glucan (available from Better Way Health at
http://www.betterwa yhealth.com/ (http://www.betterwayhealth.com/) ). This brand has been clinically
tested and found to be an effective cancer fighter. We also give him
cordyceps mushroom capsules from our local health food store. Doing
these things has made a huge difference in his health.

Dogs seem to need a steady source of microbial life in their diet.
Their ancestors ate carrion; they bury food to eat later or knock over
garbage cans even when well fed. The Eskimos have a saying "We can
feed our dogs raw fish and they can run for six hours, or we can feed
them fermented fish and they can run all day." (The Fourfold Path to
Healing by Dr. Thomas S. Cowan, MD, page 210). It has worked wonders
for our dog and he has gone from a dog with not much interest in food
to one that is obsessed with food. If you make your own quark you can
very easily ferment meat and vegetables by using your left over whey
to cover them in a jar and put in the refrigerator (You can dilute the
whey 1/2 with water.). You can add seaweed and vegetable pulp left
over from juicing to make it even better. Those who live in
California (they deliver) you can get raw meat from
http://www.crestonv alleymeats. com/shop_ dogfood2. html (http://www.crestonvalleymeats.com/shop_dogfood2.html)
or you can ask your butcher for chicken necks. I get them in a 40
pound box for a good price.

I'm looking forward to feeding our next dog right from the start.
Like people, dogs today suffer from way too much disease due to their
diet. They do not thrive on kibble, especially cheap soy kibble.

"Dawn" wrote:
> I now have a dear friend who has a Jack Russell ( she is the sister of mine) who has an aggressive tumour in her mouth. It was operated on a month ago and has already started to grow back and they can see it growing daily and are very upset of course.....