Just Found Out Yesterday

Just Found Out Yesterday

by Annette
(Wisconsin)

We are an average family of four who have a cat (12 years old) and a black lab (only 7 years old) and a hamster. We LOVE our pets, as I know you all do. They are such a great part of our families.

Well, yesterday we found out our lab (Sammie) has not only breast cancer (which we knew and why she went in for surgery yesterday) but it has metastasized to numerous other places. The vet took out as much as he could and what he could see, but he gave her 4-5 months to live. It was 'everywhere'. Her breast and some lymph nodes, uterus, ovaries, and some on her liver. He assumes there is more, but he didn't want to get too invasive as she was losing a lot of blood as it was.

Now, Sam is a VERY healthy looking and active dog. You wouldn't have known she had cancer at all if it wasn't for a ball-like tumor that grew from one of her back breasts pretty much within a week or two.

Long story short, here I am by the reference of a friend looking for ways to either save her life or prolong it, or just make the end a little easier on her. I'm trying to decide between two products to use right now. I know I need to get something ordered ASAP and get going on this. I want to know, even if she doesn't make it, that we tried everything we could to prolong and/or make the end easier on her. (We will NOT let her suffer!)

So, I'm looking to all of you EXPERTS to give me/us some advice as to what has worked for you, etc. WE ALL REALLY APPRECIATE any help at all!

Annette
(Submitted Nov. 27, 2012)

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Dec 13, 2012
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Keep trying
by: Errin

We have a shepherd recently diagnosed with lymphoma so I don't know what works yet but I am adding a product called artemix. I found information on artemisinin while i was searching Chinese herbal treatments. The more I read, the more I wanted to try it. You can get it alone but I found the artemix which has 3 ingredients total and found those 3 ingredients on a couple different websites by different herbal docs so I am going with the mix. Again, I don't know if it works but I've ordered it and will give it a shot. Definitely start Essiac immediately. Massage and acupressure make mine feel great and he seems to feel well for hours afterwards.

Nov 28, 2012
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Placed an order!
by: Annette

Well, we've ordered these two things:

** Only Natural Pet Ultimate Daily Canine Vitamins Plus

**Only Natural Pet B.S.S.T. Herbal Formula

Has anybody else used the BSST? Side-effects?

I need to read/research more about changing her diet also. She's a 70+ lb. lab. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Sam is recovering from her surgery well. She's just the sweetest dog! We're looking forward to getting the above products and seeing if anything helps. While we don't want to get our hopes up and expect a miracle, we are staying positive and trying most all we can. =)

Thanks for the kind words and advice so far!

Nov 28, 2012
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All our best wishes
by: Ian & Gina

Hi Annette!

You may read my story "Our little Angel had bladder cancer" on this site, who survived for 2.5 years on medication prescribed by our vet. We are from the UK but are sure that if the medicine described is not available in US alternatives are.

Whatever you decide, give Sammie lots of love, and make the remaining time as precious as possible. You will know when the time comes to make that awful decision.

We still miss our little terrier two months on but our memories will be with us forever.

All our best for you and Sammie.

Nov 28, 2012
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Remedies for Your Sammie
by: Hazel, Site Editor

Hi, Annette,

So sorry about Sammie. Hope she is hanging in there.

From what I have read and from anecdotal stories sent in by visitors to this Forum, it seems that the following remedies work well for dogs with cancer (of course eventually it all depends on the individual canine but it's worth a try):

1. the Budwig Diet (flaxseed oil and cottage cheese)
2. Essiac Tea
3. AHCC (a mushroom extract)

(See Dog cancer diet to see how to prepare the Budwig Diet and Herbs for dog cancer for the two remedies.)

While you are on the Dog Cancer Diet page, see also the importance of feeding your dog a cancer diet high in fat and high-quality protein and low in carbohydrates.

Hope this helps.

Good luck and keep us informed of Sammie's condition.

Nov 28, 2012
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My sincere sympathy
by: Susan

Hi Annette,

I had tears in my eyes as I read your story. I lost my beautiful border collie, Bailey on Monday. His prognosis was 4-6 weeks from diagnosis & he managed to survive for 8-9, with only the last few days being awful for him.

I looked up diets to help & was pointed in the direction of Omega 3's added to his diet.
I had him eating sardines in oil (which he loved - as he loved cat food!), flax seeds & flax seed oil, & cottage cheese. All of this he really enjoyed so eating was never a problem.

The vet prescribed Prednisolone (a steroid-based anti-inflammatory) which can sometimes put them in remission, but sadly not so with my Bailey.

I wish you well with the months ahead. It is such a hole in our lives when we lose our beloved pets. My thoughts are with you & your family.

Susan

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