My Dog Tasha Fighting Lymphoma

My Dog Tasha Fighting Lymphoma

by Kat
(NJ)

Our wonderful dog Tasha was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer about a month ago. She is 11 years old and is a big dog, but was always full of energy.

It is so strange to call her a dog sometimes because she is almost human. When kids were little babies and cried at night, she would come up to them and lick them until they fell asleep again. She was always so much help. Even now when kids get a little dirty or messy, she would clean them all up. We do give them baths too though:) And we always trusted her better than any security system. She is so great!

When we found out in the beginning of December she has cancer, I couldn't stop crying for over a week. I slept with her downstairs. We changed her diet trying to give her something that would increase a little of her red blood cell count.

By the way, if this can be of use to someone, to diagnose her with cancer cost us about $1000, but it depends also on how much testing you want to do on your dog.

As my husband and I finally started to get out of this crying pity funk and started finally feeling "better" about the situation, Tasha started to feel worse.

We decided not to do chemo, because the vets and other owners say it does not guarantee it will help much. We started her on a new diet. Major things people and vets recommend is a diet with no grain, and with lots of Omega-3, and B vitamins.

It is now about Tasha's 5th week surviving cancer after diagnosis. She is not feeling good today and a new symptom appeared - foaming at her mouth. The vet said it's because she is feeling nauseous and they can give a shot for it.

The bottom line is, things do not look good. She won't drink enough for some reason but still always gets a great appetite especially if it is something different than dog food. Gosh I wish I could help her better.

I hope this info will help those who are going through the same thing.

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Sep 10, 2016
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Nikki throat cancer
by: Anonymous

My 12 1/2 year old Dachshund was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her throat during a teeth cleaning. I did go to an oncologist and they wanted to treat her with chemo, radiation and cut into her jaw.

I left there feeling hopeless, because I didn't want her to go through this. I need to do what is best for her and not prolonging misery fro her since she still looks happy.

Her cancer is a very aggressive cancer, and all of the researching I have done, this was not an option. I make her only organic foods, the Budwig diet and essaic tea.

It is 6 months later and now the tumors have started to grow, but during this time, she has been a happy little camper. My caring vet can't even believe she still has an appetite and is amazed she is still with us. We have her on antibiotics now and I just gave her a prednisone today for the swelling. I never used it before, so I hope it helps. But I do swear by this diet and lots of prayers.

She may be only with me a little while longer, but she never suffered.

Jun 19, 2016
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Lymphoma with fourteen year old chihuahua
by: Anonymous

My six pound Chihuahua lived two years and one month with this disease. I came home from work to find her shaking, cold to the touch and unable to stand. I took her to the vets and within a couple of hours, I had my beautiful little companion put down. No suffering for this wonderful pet.

Think positive - change their diet, and give them a few little treats you normally wouldn't give them.

I had her an extra two years after the diagnosis. How lucky was I!?

Apr 19, 2013
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Lymphoma - my boxer Charly
by: lori

Charly was diagnosed Oct 2012 and he was on Chemo from that moment on. I only gave him food I would eat, meaning no commercial dog food, filtered water, vitamins, flax seed oil with cottage cheese, fresh turkey. We said good bye to him on April 10th 2013. He only lost a little bit of weight but until we were at the very end of options and the thought of saying good bye at the Vet hospital was not an option.

I found that spaghetti noodles helped him to start to eat, tuna fish oil in his water after chemo (he drank more), hot dogs, fresh turkey, peanut butter, all helped him, ground turkey boiled on low heat, never cook their food on high heat. All organic. Always massaged him nightly and went on very small walks. He was so tired and it breaks me up to not have him with me. But I would have done anything for him.

Switch quickly to good food and water that is not tap or bottled, use water you have boiled or filtered. Try to give them a bath to make them feel better, and I wish I remember this but when they have cancer they want a quiet place they can hide. I forgot to put his cage up and that would have helped with blankets over it for privacy. They need that to just go to their quiet safe place.

Love to all of you who love your child (pet) as I did when they are struggling with cancer. One last thing I realize is that if everyone in your neighborhood including you use a fertilizer on your lawns they now feel it is a contributing factor to dogs and cats with cancer.

Jan 26, 2013
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REALLY WORRIED
by: Worried Person

I'm a thirteen year old girl so I don't know much about the canine body and the diseases and cancers that a dog can be diagnosed with. Which is why I was clueless about why my dog, Nicki, was acting strangely. She seemed sensitive around the neck and was so still.

Mum took her to the vet while I was at school and when I came home I was shocked to hear that Nicki was diagnosed with cancer. I was crying the rest of the day. She is now on steroids and on her 2nd month with possible Lymphoma. The effects of steroids have impacted her behaviour greatly. She leaks urine at least once a day without knowing and she has many mood swings. One minute she is sitting there, eyes closed, restricted breathing, the next minute she is taking off at 60km/h (approx. 37m/h) because the dogs next door are barking and so is Preston! (our other dog)

I worry for her. Will she make it?

Dec 19, 2012
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Prayers are with all of you on this site
by: Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear about your dogs and all the others on this site as well.

We found out in November that our Terrier/Poodle cross of 13 1/2 years had lymphoma and within weeks got very ill. We met with specialists and decided not to do the chemo as it would only extend his life by 6-12 months and he would be in chemo for 6 months and we did not want to put him through that and suffer.

We put our little Bear to sleep on December 8, 2012. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life but I decided to take his pain in my heart to free his pain up. He is now on the rainbow bridge where we will meet up with him again. I cry every day.

I feel for all of you going through this and will pray for all of you.

Nov 25, 2012
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

I was so glad to read this site. Today as we were walking, my little 2-and-a-half lb chihuahua started this horrible drooling. I immediately started getting panicky as about a month ago she was chased by a raccoon and I was worried about rabies. She seems fine otherwise. I will definitely get the Essiac tea as I know about it and other supplements.

Thank you and God bless you all. My little one's name is Summer. Thanks again.

Bev

Jul 04, 2012
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You're not alone
by: Anonymous

We are going through the same thing with our wonderful cocker spaniel, Belle. Not hearing her "talk" anymore breaks my heart. She is now eight weeks post diagnosis, and we live in fear of losing her. I will keep Tasha in my prayers and ask that you remember Belle in yours.

Jun 27, 2012
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Going through the same heartache
by: My

I'm sorry to hear about Tasha.

We've noticed lumps in our dog's throat. Reesey is the sweetest 6yr old Alaskan Malamute/Australian Shepherd with endless energy. So when the vet told me yesterday that things don't look good and that it most likely is Lymphoma, my heart sank, and I've been crying non-stop since.

This morning the vet confirmed that it is Lymphoma. Going to the oncologist this Thursday on what to do now for treatment.

I'll have to read up on these diets/treatments that I've read in this thread so far. I just don't want my sweet girl to suffer.

Hoping for the best.

Jun 25, 2012
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Sorry about Tasha
by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear about Tasha. Our dog Max died two years ago with lymphoma. Keep her as comfortable as you can and give her lots of love.

May 28, 2012
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Essiac tea
by: Kat Giberson

We never used it for our dog but I've heard lots of good things about it. You can find it online, amazon and other sites.

I hope your dog feels better soon. Stay strong.

May 28, 2012
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Helping our Popeye
by: Anonymous

Where do you find the Essiac tea? My jack russell Popeye was diagnosed on Jan. 2 and I have been giving him an herbal supplement and cottage cheese with flaxseed oil twice a day.

In the beginning the tumors were so big, they came out of nowhere, literally. I was desperate and looked for a holistic cure. Popeye is 12 and I know that's old but we are not ready to just let it go, we have had him since he was 6 wks old and is like my child. The tumors almost were completely gone and now 5 months later they are back. Needless to say, we are looking for anything else to help. Does the Essiac tea really work? If so where do you get it? If anyone knows, please let me know, we can't lose our little peanut. :((((

Jan 18, 2012
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Canine Lymphoma
by: Sakthi

I came across your webite searching for answers. One of my three buddies (French bulldog) has been diagonised with Lymphoma.

I am not able to come to terms yet with my daughter and wife crying non stop. I am crying at my office knowing that she will be with us only for the next months or so. She is a celebration of life, full of excitement, always exploring. She wakes up at 6 am and goes to bed with us at 11 pm sharp.

I am not able to reckon how I am going to manage this tragedy.

Nov 18, 2011
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My Baxter
by: Maria

Our beloved dog Baxter passed away from Leukemia/Lymphoma just 2 days ago and I don't know how to go on without him. He was our little beautiful Beagle, just 8 yrs old. We did everything we could to save him but we were not successful. He leaves with our hearts broken; we loved him so much and we did not see this coming, it was so fast. He will be forever loved and missed more than words can say.

Goodbye my little Baxy...until we meet again.

Jul 15, 2011
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My doggie Peekaboo died of lymphoma
by: Shyamali

The month June brought me the saddest experience in my life. I did not cry that much even when my grand parents died. It was just unbearable to see my darling dog Peekaboo fighting cancer. She was almost human and the only thing she could not do was to talk.

She passed away at the Vet Hospital on 29 June 2011. She was only 8+. I am determined not to bring up another dog because for me, no one else will replace my Peekaboo. She was such a lovely and lively Terrier who was eternally grateful. I will miss her until I leave this world.

Jan 27, 2011
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Tasha.
by: Anonymous

Thank you everyone for your support. Tasha passed away on January 20th. She lived for about 6 weeks after diagnosis with Lymphoma. We are a mess. It was so hard to decide where to bury her. I guess we were not ready for it at all and hoped for a miracle. Prednisone did help for a while and cancer kit as well but in the last week things started getting worse. Then on Thursday morning she couldn't get up and didn't eat a whole day. She waited for all of us to fall asleep that night and once we did she passed away.

I'm so thankful for all the years she was with us, that she lasted long enough to spend her last Christmas and meet New Year with us. She would love the snow we got last night in Jersey.

Thank you everyone again. Treasure your pets as their years are short...

Jan 27, 2011
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Prednisone
by: Mary

I am sorry to hear about Tasha. My husband and I just lost our 10 1/2 Doberman Simon to lung cancer on January 13, 2011 and we are still a wreck! His appetite was not the greatest so our vet put him on 10 mg of Prednisone. He ate like a horse until the day he passed away and actually started to gain some weight back again. Please call your vet and see when you can pick up some. I will pray for your family and Tasha's health.

Jan 23, 2011
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Budwig diet is a lifesaver!
by: Kris Welchman

The Budwig diet and Essiac tea has saved my dog from Lymphoma and Oral Melanoma. I whole-heartedly agree with the previous writer. I use the protocol to the letter and add Essiac Tea as recommended and the tumors have shrunk completely. He was only given 1-2 months to live in August and the tumors continue to grow for 3 months until they suddenly began shrinking. It is truly a lifesaving treatment. I hope and pray for Tasha to recover as Harold did.

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