Robbie's Fight Against Prostate Cancer

Robbie's Fight Against Prostate Cancer

by Linda
(Ohio)

Robbie is a 6 yr old collie. We noticed that he was having problems with bowel movements - going several times a day and it seemed like it took him a long time to do it. We attributed it to his dog food and switched a few times before we realized it was something else. It has been raining continuously here in Ohio and when we went to dry him off, he cried.

He already had a vet appointment so we figured we'd ask about the soreness in his back hips which we thought was arthitis.

Anyway, Robbie had a hip/pelvis x-ray and his hips are great. It did show that his prostate was very large though which is a very bad sign in a neutered dog. His needle biopsy was inconclusive so the vet did a core biopsy which showed cancer.

He is now on piroxicam which is a mild chemo - no hair loss etc, anti-inflammatory, and pain reliever all in one. So far he is doing well on that.

I'm just wondering if any herbal supplements will interfere with this? The vet told us there is no cure and he could have a few months or a year which makes us very sad. In the meantime we are just taking one day at a time and making him happy and comfortable.

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Aug 01, 2016
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Prostate cancer and holistic treatments
by: Barbara

Hi,

We have a 10 year old male, neutered mixed breed dog (husky/lab). He was neutered at age 1 1/2 years old.

Two weeks ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. We caught it early as he has no symptoms (it was an incidental finding on an ultrasound). I work in a vet office so we were just checking his abdomen at the suggestion of one of the vets (he had a GI issue back in April).

So, after consults with his primary vet, internal med vet, oncologist and a holistic vet we decided to start him on Holistic remedies (Chinese Herbs, oncology supplement, Neoplasene) and UVB Ozone therapy.

He eats dehydrated raw food (holistic vet thinks we should add organic food and never feed commercial food in dogs with cancer).

I am debating about starting chemo (Pirixicam). His case is more unusual than most since vets typically see dogs once symptoms appear.

I don't want to be a pet owner that is now "looking" for symptoms it is too worrisome. And i just want to give him the best quality of life we can, just like the rest of you.

Jan 16, 2015
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15 year old with prostate cancer
by: H Bain

Our neutered 14-year-old Spaniel cross was diagnosed with prostate cancer approximately 6 months ago, along with liver cancer and lesions on his spleen. He was given 3-6 months which his just passed around his 15th birthday.

Right away we started grilling him fresh fish and making a veggie smoothie with dandelion greens, sweet potato, apples, parsley and carrots. He's done really well these past 6 months though he's also been on Metacam and more recently Tramadol for pain.

We notice that he pants through the night, like some others have noted, pees and poops often, and in recent weeks no longer has a steady stream when he pees. His back end is also weakening, which I've been told could mean the cancer has spread into his bone.

When he was diagnosed I thought he would be gone in a couple of months, but I believe whole foods have helped keep him a bit healthier.

It's clear to us that he'll likely need to be put down in a couple of weeks, if not sooner, so our goal is to keep him comfortable and to do it before things get really bad.

Jan 14, 2015
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Piroxicam - wonderful drug extending our time with Logan
by: jeanne

Approx 1 year ago we noticed our Logan (English Setter, rescued and neutered at approx 4 years old) was straining to poop. We x-rayed, looking for possible blockage, tried diet changes. Wasn't until he had a bad UTI in July that x-rayed again and saw an enlarged prostate and colon compressed. Sonogram and needle biopsy by the specialist said Prostate Cancer. He was given a few months to live.

We started on Piroxicam in mid-July - and now 6 months later Logan is still doing GREAT. Recent x-ray showed a normal looking colon and no swelling in the prostate. I've spoken to several vets that Piroxicam can reduce swelling in prostate and bladder cancer for a long time.

We're cherishing every day and I thank the piroxicam for that. No side effects here.

Nov 20, 2013
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Spanky with possible prostate cancer
by: Anonymous

Spanky is a 10 1/2 year old who is undergoing neutering today and biopsy for possible prostate cancer. He is my best friend and I love him so much. I would appreciate any suggestions on treatment. I have been told that Chemo and Radiation would not prolong for long and would lessen his quality of life for what he has left. I would do anything to prolong his time and quality of life. Any suggestions would be GREATLY helpful. Please be specific about diets that have helped. I have always feed him Pedigree.

Oct 02, 2013
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My boy
by: Anonymous

My lovely boy was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with a prostate tumour. Castrated at 8 months and now only 8 years old. He sleeps a lot at the moment and is on treatment to help, but the time seems to be coming too quickly when we will have to take that final step. It breaks my heart.

May 04, 2013
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Mychal's (Mick) daignosis with prostate cancer
by: Michelle

I noticed during this past winter that my dog was panting a lot during the evenings especially. I just figured because the furnace was on and it made him hot. Then not too longer he started urinating on the floor which from day one since I've had him he never did, and he would not climb the stairs at bed time.

So I brought him to the vet. They took a urine sample which showed he had a severe UTI. Two rounds of one antibiotic didn't help, so they took an x-ray and put him on another antibiotic which seemed better. The x-ray showed something in his bladder but they couldn't quite tell, so we went on the assumption he had bladder cancer and scheduled an ultrasound which better showed that it is actually Prostate cancer. He is also on piroxicam and finishing up the rest of an antibiotic.

Mick is an 11 yr. old Golden so I will only treat him to be comfortable. He no longer urinates in the house and climbs the stairs like he always has. When I see he can no longer go on, I will have him put to sleep. He has led a great life and I will always treasure him.

Apr 11, 2013
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Losing Our Best Friend
by: Anonymous

We too are in the midst of caring for our terminally ill dog, diagnosed with prostate cancer mid-February 2013.

We rescued him over 9 years ago, beautiful little guy, golden retriever mix, at the estimated age of 8 weeks.

He started having problems last fall with defecating and urinating. We thought it was just because of changes in his diet, we've had him on a home cooked diet for years but due to travel, switched to a high grade canned food. He was neutered at 6 months and still, he ends up with prostate cancer. If the prostate gland no longer functions after a dog is neutered, why not remove it?

He's currently under medical care and we've been given maybe a few weeks or months. We're giving him Piroxicam and just started Tramadol to keep him comfortable, he has good days and not so good days.

As heart-breaking as it is, we've set up plans to bring in a mobile vet unit when the time comes. With all the new medical technology out there for humans, why are we losing our beloved friends so early to something that maybe could have been avoided?

Apr 11, 2013
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Prostate Cancer and Herbal Supplements
by: Karen

My dog Patch was diagnosed with prostate cancer around a year ago. We decided against Chemo and as a result were told by UC Davis that he would have 2-3 months on Piroxicam alone. We started to see a holistic vet, changed his food, added the prescribed supplements to his Piroxicam and yes started acupuncture. He loves his new diet and his acupuncture even more. We love that a year later we still have our best friend who is happy and active.

Mar 22, 2013
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My dog was put to rest today
by: Anonymous

I just had to put my dog to sleep today. He had prostate cancer, diagnosed in December. He had no symptoms when he was diagnosed, just a lump by his tail.

I did notice he was drinking a lot of water, and in late September, his tail wouldn't go all the way up like it used to. But I never thought anything was wrong. He was on Rimadyl, and Tramadol by the end. He stopped eating four weeks ago, and I would feed him with my hand, but it wasn't enough to stop the weight loss. He had such problems going to the bathroom, I would walk him 5 times a day just so he could go.

It was a really hard decision, because Rufus was such a great dog. But I know that he isn't suffering anymore.

I wish you the best of luck with your dog. Enjoy him while you can, and know when it's time to let go...

Jan 19, 2013
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Irish Rose Riley
by: Sheila

Interesting comment about the neutering of a dog possibly being improperly done. I was also told that it is rare for prostate cancer in a neutered dog. Now the comment about possible incomplete surgical neutering leaves me befuddled. However, we did get 13 1/2 years of good life with Riley which is already 2 more than the normal life span for an Irish Water Spaniel.

Jan 19, 2013
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Beautiful Irish Rose Riley
by: Sheila

I posted on this site when our Irish Water spaniel was first diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Dear Riley led a very wonderful life with so much affection and care for 3 1/2 months after his diagnosis. He finally got to the point where medications did nothing for him and he could no longer pee except when he was lying down. As a loving pet mom I knew the day had come when we had to let him go.

It tears at my heart even today, 4 months later, but know he had a wonderful and happy life and could not have had even one more good day left in him.

Jan 18, 2013
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Virulent prostate cancer
by: Kathy

My sweet loving buddy, goofie rescue golden retriever mix, my Jackie, was diagnosed one month ago with prostate cancer with tumor surrounding urethra. He just completed 2nd chemo and doing very well--peeing pooping and eating--makes me so happy.

However his prognosis is no better -- 2-3 months at most. He is on peroxicam with other meds available for nausea or diarrhea. I will not allow my boy to have any pain or anxiety so am trying to prepare myself!

It's horrible -- and so shocking since he has never exhibited any signs of problems-- I just noticed he was having problems urinating and took him to my vet right away.

I've been with other pups thru cancer, and they survived, but this is the most virulent and destructive. Just keep your pups happy and pain free.

Jun 28, 2012
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Woofie's battle
by: Anonymous

We adopted a Siberian husky/aussie mix who was 6 yrs old. We had him 2 months then was diagnosed. He was treated with piroxicam, but I also gave him nettle root, maitake mushroom, and cooked his food (chicken, carrots, beets, spinach). He also liked baked Kale. It's been 3 yrs, but now he's incontinent after being cathed for retention. He still likes his walks but spends 80 % of the squatting without success. Now I have to force pills down him to keep his appetite going. We gave it a good run, but I feel it's mean to flog him with meds.

May 14, 2012
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Irish Rose
by: Linda

I hope your Irish Rose does better than Robbie did. It sounds like he is feeling pretty good at this point. Unfortunately we had to end Robbie's pain on July 4, 2011.

During the night he started to cry and was in a lot of pain. We took him to an emergency vet clinic and the vet said he could give Robbie a pain shot, but we would be right back in the same spot in 24 hrs. We had to think of Robbie and not be selfish so we had him put to sleep. I would have loved to give him a shot and have him another 24 hrs, but that wasn't fair to Robbie.

We now have a 1 yr old tri-color collie but I still feel sad when I think of Robbie. He was my sweet boy and sure didn't deserve what he went through. I know our current vet had suspicions that our other vet, who neutered Robbie, did not get the undescended testicle when he was neutered. He told us that prostate cancer in an unneutered dog is rare and even more rare in a neutered dog. You trust your vet to do the right thing so we would not have known.

Hope Irish Rose hangs in there.

May 14, 2012
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My beautiful Irish Rose
by: Sheila

Darling Riley, my 13 year old neutered male Irish Water Spaniel, has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

We don't know how long he may have - according to what I read, the prognosis is likely about 30 days from the diagnosis. I am spoiling him rotten with specialty meat diets mixed with raw organic veggies. I do cook the food though to reduce risks.

So far he is still fairly active and happy most of the time and I hope that our love and care will give him quality of life until it is time to say goodbye. He is currently on anti-inflamatories and antibiotics to treat any possibile infection in the prostate. Surgery or chemo are not an option at his age.

May 27, 2011
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Robbie
by: Linda

We talked to our vet about removing Robbie's prostate and it would make in incontinent so that won't work either.We're just going to have to try the anti-cancer diet and antioxidents.Hopefully it will extend Robbie's life.Thank you for your comments.

May 27, 2011
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my best for Robbie
by: Erna

It is so sad to hear about your beautiful collie Robbie and his prostate cancer. And agonizing when you see him in pain. It is so difficult for an animal to understand what is happening to him.

Is surgery and removal of the prostate an option?
If not, then the best you can do is to make him feel as well as he possibly can with a good diet.

I am sorry that you, too, have to deal with all the pain that comes with the possibility of losing your beloved collie, but there is always hope.

A nuzzle for your Robbie from another collie lover.

May 22, 2011
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Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Prostate Cancer
by: Hazel, Site Editor

Hi, Linda,

I am sorry about Robbie's prostate cancer, though somewhat glad to hear that he is doing well on piroxicam.

So far, I haven't read anything about herbal remedies or antioxidant supplements for cancer interfering with piroxicam. If anything, it is likely that correct use of supplements may actually enhance the chemo treatment.

If you haven't already done so, please visit our pages on Herbs for Cancer and Dog Cancer Diet for more info.

In addition to herbs, antioxidants are also essential to help fight cancer. For prostate cancer, try coenzyme Q10 and/or quercetin.

Good luck and keep us informed of progress!

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