Malamutt Snowball's Fight against Lung Cancer
by Simon Shields
(Ballarat, Victoria, Australia)
Snowball in her favourite chair watching the cricket
Snowball is a 2.5-yr-old female malamute. She developed an annoying cough. After X-Rays the doctor's diagnosed lung cancer. Snowball was given a week to live. She is still going after 4 weeks. She seems to be improving, although it is hard to tell.
I have been giving her human mince. I hand feed her morning and night. In the mince I've been including Essiac, Cordycepts (from neways herbal mushroom tablet), Green Tea pills, Chinese herbals, plus her cortisone and amoxy 500 (penicillin). I've been coating the mince in flax oil. The hardest thing to get into her is the Essiac. I've also given her wormwood. I give her a herbal relaxant at night to calm her so she gets a good night's sleep. She is not coughing up blood any more.
She is still alert and receptive to affection. She comes and tells me when she needs to do her toiletries - she is very much a lady (she always does her jobies in private and crosses her legs when sitting down). Her breathing is less laboured. I also treat her to bacon every day. I've had aromatherapy with Eucalyptus oil and sesame seed oil. Eucalytpus helps fight infection and clear airways, sessame seed oil calms her. Her eyes are blood shot, probably because of the ginkgo biloba to help blood flow.
I don't know how long she will last, but I'm doing my best for her and she seems to be pretty happy. Also I've been giving her filtered water, with a slice of lemon.
She hasn't much energy, although when I take her to the park each day to meet other dogs, she is very enthusiastic and shows good signs.
Looking for a good way to get the Essiac into her.
If anyone wants to communicate to me via email sshields2173atgmail.com (replace at with @)
I live in Ballarat Victoria Australia.