My Dog Tommy May Have Oral Melanoma

My Dog Tommy May Have Oral Melanoma

by Vincent
(Torino, Italy)


Coming to you from Italy, US citizen abroad, and today I am feeling down for obvious reasons.

Firstly, let me thank those who created this site for giving us a place to share experiences, ask advice and lend and receive moral support.

My dog Tommy, an 11 year old Italian scent hound, had developed a growth on his right upper jaw the size of a small marble.

Today we removed it with a fraction of the jaw and surrounding tissue.

We are waiting for biopsy results in 7 days but if it is melanoma then I have no time to lose. I am ruling out chemo or radiation and want to go natural.

I was thinking of giving him apricot seeds, as these supposedly have cancer fighting laetrile.

I have read the posts on this forum and will certainly change his diet from ground meat and rice (homemade food) to what I have read. Any suggestions? He is a 35 lb. dog, so I am not sure of dosages.

Also I see the use of vitamin C and aloe, can anyone attest to this?

Tommy and I appreciate all the help and attention.

All the best to everyone and their loved animals.

(Submitted Monday, Feb. 11, 2013)

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May 22, 2014
Any further news on dogs with oral melanoma
by: Pam


My girlfriend's previously healthy and youthful 13-year-old poodle or water dog mix (she is a rescue from the Canary Islands so we don't know exactly) was just diagnosed with oral melanoma. Her tumor was removed the day after it was discovered - last week, and we just got the histology report. She also has an apparently unrelated tumor in her lung, discovered by an x-ray after the oral surgery.

The vet recommends just enjoying whatever time she has left, but of course we are wondering about other peoples' experiences and what alternative treatments they have tried.

It was heartening to read that one of your dogs was still alive 16 months after diagnosis, since we have been led to believe she might have about 6 months before things really go downhill. Her blood counts are excellent and she had no symptoms beyond the mouth tumor.

Any news or information would be most welcome, if anybody is still around on this thread after a year. Thanks.

Jul 10, 2013
by: Deb (UK)


So sorry to read your news. I am struggling at the moment as my dog has probable adenocarcinoma. Many of the blogs I have seen have been for cancers in younger dogs where treatment can be very proactive.

My boy will unfortunately not win the battle so I am seeking comfort from others who have had similar experiences.

I see you posted your info in February so I hope things have turned out positively for you.

Thoughts with you.

Jun 07, 2013
My Duke too
by: Angie

I don't have any suggestions for you because I think each animal's journey is different. I just want to say that I am sorry that you have to go through this. My Duke has oral melanoma. He has had no treatment and has beat the odds. He is about 16 months post diagnosis. He is a rottie shepherd mix so at almost 13 he is an old man. I cannot see putting him through a lot of medical procedures, so he is on comfort measures only. I hope that if this is what is wrong with your dog, he can have as much additional quality time as I have gotten to have with my Duke.

Apr 22, 2013
The Dr. Budwig diet for Dogs
by: Anonymous


I just received the same diagnose for my Saba, we are all in tears and I found this website, it is in a way comforting to hear that I'm not alone.

I have read about this diet years ago, to my surprise I read on this blog that it can be used on dogs, the only thing is the high fat content of this diet.

I just want to say thank you to the people who wrote about this, it gives us a little hope that she will be ok, at least she is recovering well after her surgery.

Mar 20, 2013
For Tommy's Dad
by: Gina (Molly's Mom)

I am so sorry you have to go through this. It's easy to relate as I've just returned from the vet (2nd one today as my regular Dr. referred me after our visit this morning)

People who are true "pup parents" are the only ones who understand this kind of love. Our furry babies are our children in every sense of the word - there is nothing I wouldn't do for mine. All we can really do is love them while we can and care for them to our best ability when our journey becomes a little rocky and rough.

Will send prayers and positive loving thoughts out to you both - be strong for your Tommy...

Mar 01, 2013
Wishing you well
by: sandra fettig

Sorry to hear about Tommy. I am going into the vet to have my dog Cujo, (my daughter and her husband named him) we hope it is nothing. but anyway you should double check if you can use vitamin c with your meds - a lot of med don't suggest that you do.

My heart goes out to you so keep strong and spend time with Tommy, best medication for both your heart:)

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