My Dog Cracker has Adenocarcinoma Mammary Cancer

My Dog Cracker has Adenocarcinoma Mammary Cancer

by Sue
(Lincolnshire, England)



Hello everyone,

I am presently looking after my gorgeous little dog, Cracker, who is battling breast cancer.

She had surgery; however the cancer came back after just a couple of weeks in the same place. We are therefore feeding her a cancer starving diet, K-9 Immunity tablets, Immunity Herbs, and lots of love.

I would love to hear from others who may be going through the same and compare notes to see if there is anything else to try.

Cracker is presently reasonably comfortable (the vet has given her a cancer suppressant to help with the swelling, but no painkillers yet) and eating healthily and having regular exercise.

Looking forward to hearing from you all,

Sue & Cracker X

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Dec 31, 2017
Help my baby
by: Anonymous

My dog just had a pea size lump removed, but I noticed the next day she had a 3x larger lump in the same place she's had surgery. It's right next to her nipple near her back leg. I don't know what to think, she's very red and sore.

what can I do?

Dec 14, 2015
Mammary adenocarcinoma
by: Sarah

Hi there my afghan hound Ruby was diagnosed in July 2014.

She had one surgery hoping to cure it but it is back. My vet says that a further operation would be pointless as the chances of it returning are so high. I too am trying to find alternatives to help her. I'm feeding her raw meat only with fish oil. Don't know what else to do. I can't bear the thought of her suffering but can't bear to lose her either!

I'm so sorry you are going through this too.

Sep 09, 2014
by: Eleni

Hello all,

It is nice to know that many people have gone through what I currently do with my dog Sasa. At the age of 10, Sasa was diagnosed with mammary cancer which we surgically removed. Even though two small lumps reappeared, they didn't grow so the vet suggested we wait. Almost a year ago they aggressively started to grow and now Sasa at the age of 15 has two massive tumors, one of which has opened possibly causing her pain. What worries me the most is that as of last week her breathing has become quicker and I have read that adenocarcinoma usually spreads in the lungs.

I am very confused as to what to do, if anything. I know she is old and I can't imagine my life without her... Seeing her in pain and knowing that I cannot do anything to help her is the worst feeling ever.

Oct 10, 2012
My baby has inflammatory mammary carcinoma
by: Roula

My dog was diagnosed to have inflammatory (mammary) carcinoma (the most aggressive type of cancer) - everything happened in just two weeks!!

I started right away all the cancer fighting diets, supplements (still trying to find new ones to give her) but the tumor was getting bigger and bigger.

Once I gave her steroids it started to calm down and shrink. Some vets suggested we do nothing, others to remove it... I think we must wait a bit more to see if it continues to shrink. If not then we will see...

I am devastated!! She is my whole family for over 12 yrs now! I am thinking to try Hemp oil as well. Also melatonin... might help a bit?? Does anyone know about the melatonin and this type of cancer? Also I have heard about some enzymes and I am going to try them too. What about her open wounds?? Is there anything I can put to calm them down a bit? She is scratching them and makes them worse. I wish I could find a herbal cream or something to help her with her open wound.

Hope we all manage to ease the pain and suffering of our loved ones and make them feel comfortable as long as possible.

Jul 09, 2012
by: Wendy

My shih Tzu has mammary cancer. I'm wondering what symptoms to look for so she doesn't suffer. She is 9. And how long will she live with this cancer?

Jul 03, 2011
Mammary Gland Tumour
by: Sue

Hi there you might be lucky if you have found it early and had it removed. I will keep my fingers crossed for you that the xray says so too. It is just devastating when this happens to your special friend, isn't it?

I really feel for you, it is an experience that none of us ever want to go through with our pets and is certainly one I will never forget.

Keep me informed and I will be thinking about you all.

Jul 02, 2011
Adenocarcinoma of mammary gland stage 2
by: Conor/ Courtney

We just got the news that our beloved pit bull mixed dog has adenocarcinoma of the mammary gland.

She started about 2 weeks ago with a mass at the first mammary gland. We had it aspirated and they recommended that we should have it excised, after the diagnosis that it was highly inflammatory cells in the aspiration. We will get a chest xray this week. We rescue this wonderful dog a year and half ago. It's my son's bff.

May 26, 2011
Cracker Update
by: Sue

Hello Diana, I am so sorry to hear your story with Gracie, it is just such a horrible thing to have to go through.

Unfortunately we had to have Cracker put to sleep a couple of months ago, but please don't let this worry you or think that it will be the same for you. Every dogs cancer is different.

We had Cracker's cancer lump removed so I guess that this might be the same for Gracie. After this time the most important thing will be to hope it doesn't come back again. You hear of dogs carrying on with cancer for years - it really is just a complete gamble how the dice lands. The most important thing you can do is follow your vet's advice, maybe join a support group. We joined one called canine cancer prevention and they were just so helpful and it was good to share help advice and support throughout this time. Make every single day with Gracie the very best. This is just what we did with Cracker and to be honest she was herself right up until about 2wks before we made the decision to give her peace.

Please write again if you would like any more advice, I will always be here for you if you would like a chat. Wishing you and your Gracie the very best for the future XXXXX

May 12, 2011
My dog was just diagnosed with mammary adenocarcinoma
by: Diana


My dog Gracie (terrier mix) was just diagnosed with mammary adenocarcinoma. She had a sore on her belly and it just wouldn't go away. She started biting, licking and scratching it. It became a very large wound. The vet suggested taking a needle sample of it. That's when they found cancer cells. She just had surgery on Friday 5/6/11. Since then they called to tell me that the biopsy from the mass removal found the adenocarcinoma. This has all happened within two weeks. But she had the sore for a couple of months - with no response to antibiotics. Now they are sending me to an oncology specialist. This is happening way too fast. Can you give me any advise or more information on the cancer?

Feb 05, 2011
by: Hazel, Site Editor

Hi, Sue,

How's Cracker doing? Hope she is hanging in there.

Gathering information from other contributors to this forum and reports from other sources, it seems that the following have worked quite well for dog cancer:

1. A home-made cancer diet, or at least a high-quality natural diet high in protein. (I think you are already giving Cracker a cancer diet, right?)

2. ESSIAC tea - many dog parents have reported good results in giving this herbal tea to their dogs with cancer.

3. Budwig Diet (flaxseed and cottage cheese) - again, this seems to be quite effective.

4. Antioxidants - antioxidants such as EGCG, Coenzyme Q10, also seem to help.

5. Immune-Strengthener - I think you are already giving Cracker this.

Since every dog is different, there is no one "magic remedy" that works for all cases of dog cancer. It's almost like a process of trial-and-error. Don't hesitate to try different remedies to find out which ones work for Cracker.

In the meantime, giving Cracker a lot of love and a lot of rest, creating a stress-free environment for her, and being upbeat and positive yourself are all very important.

Don't forget we are all here to support you and Cracker! Please keep us updated.

Good luck.

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