Hello everyone. It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell all who find this site that Ginger passed away June 8th, 2007. In her tribute, I decided I want to keep this site alive. Ginger had a great life, especially after being diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. I spoiled the heck out of her. She survived almost 6 1/2 years after being diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. She was virtually pretty healthy and very active until the very end. Below is just the beginning of her story and her diet for hemangiosarcoma.
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My dog (Ginger) collapsed Dec. 23rd, 2000 while I was playing with her. A tumor on her spleen had ruptured which caused the collapse. She had a splenectomy three days later. I received her biopsy report on Jan. 4th, 2001 which showed hemangiosarcoma.
After seeing a Veterinary Oncologist and talking to my veterinarian, I decided not to go with chemotherapy. The oncologist felt that with this type of cancer, the chemo could give her possibly a couple more months, with no guarantee on how she would respond to chemo.
Ginger haD always been an extremely active dog and after healing from her surgery, she was as if nothing had ever happened. My vet practices holistics and felt that a strict diet would be best for her. I decided to go with the diet and skip the chemo.
Ginger was doing great and still catching frisbees. I really don't know if she would be as she had been if we pursued chemo. I feel as if I made the right decision. I wouldn't want her any other way.
I am including her diet in this web page. Just in case any of you are interested in this diet, keep in mind that these proportions are for a 40 pound dog. I would also consult with a vet who practices holistics before making any diet changes.
Many people, myself included, believe Ginger was a German Shepherd/Siberian Husky Mix. She was approximately 9 months old when I found her in Feb. 1994. .
Ginger working for her dinner
In A.M. 1 garlic pill (equal to 1/2 clove of garlic) 1 Pet Tab (vitamin-mineral supplement)A final note here: The pictures you see of Ginger were all taken following her being diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma. Ginger was still doing very well. She still chased squirrels, catched frisbees (and rarely missed I might add), and was still obsessed with playing (tennis balls are her favorite). Her reflexes were still lightning quick. My vet and I both feel her diet helped her immensely. I also feel that she needed the attention and the playing as much as the diet. I was very pleased with how Ginger was doing for all those years. I do hope that anyone who owns a pet with cancer who happens upon this web page has as much success as I have had with Ginger.
1st Meal 4 oz free range chicken (white meat) 3/4 cup brown rice 1/2 TBS virgin olive oil 1/3 cup chopped organic carrots 1 clove of garlic 2 tsp chopped parsley 2 Vitamin C (1000mg)(500mg each) 1 Vitamin E (400 I.U.) 1 capsule Thorne Veterinary Immugen Essiac Tea (10ml)
2nd Meal 4 oz free range chicken (white meat) 3/4 cup brown rice 1/2 TBS virgin olive oil 1/4 cup mashed sardines 2 garlic pills (equal to 1 clove of garlic) 1 Vitamin A (10,000 I.U.) 2 Vitamin C (1000mg)(500mg each) 1 capsule Chinese Ginseng (500mg) 1 capsule Twin Lab Cell Boost with IP-6 1/2 TBS Lipiderm Essiac Tea (10ml) 2 tsp plain low fat yogurt (this I give her separately)
Echinacea - 5 drops 3 times a day for 7 days, then skip 7 days, then start for 7 days again, etc.
I also give her spring water to drink.
I've had several hundred people email me who found Ginger's web site (April 2001 - the end of 2006). Some of their dogs had a different type of cancer. I am only listing the dogs who the owners say where diagnosed with HSA and who also mentioned their breed. I am not including the dogs in the cancer club unless the owner emailed me prior to joining. I'm sure many of you will find the following of interest, especially those of you who are battling HSA.
54 Golden Retriever;
50 German Shepherd;
39 Labrador Retriever;
11 Australian Shepherd;
9 Miniature Schnauzer;
8 Siberian Husky;
7 Cocker Spaniel;
7 Doberman Pinscher;
6 Border Collie;
4 Bichon Frise;
3 American Pit Bull Terrier;
3 Jack Russell Terrier;
2 Airedale Terrier;
2 American Eskimo Dog;
2 Australian Cattle Dog;
2 Bernese Mountain Dog;
2 Chow Chow;
2 Flat-Coated Retriever;
2 Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever;
2 Pembroke Welsh Corgi;
2 Portuguese Water Dog;
2 Shetland Sheepdog;
2 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier;
2 Standard Poodle;
2 Yorkshire Terrier.
1 each of the following:
Alaskan Malamute; American Staffordshire Terrier; Borzoi; Boston Terrier; Brittany Spaniel; Bulldog; Cairn Terrier; Collie; Dachshund; English Setter; English Shepherd; English Springer Spaniel; German Shorthaired Pointer; German Wirehaired Pointer; Giant Schnauzer; Irish Setter; Lurcher; Miniature Poodle; Norwegian Elkhound; Old English Sheepdog; Puli; Rat Terrier; Redbone Coonhound; Schipperke; Scottish Terrier; Shar-Pei; Shih-Tzu; Standard Schnauzer; Tibetan Mastiff; Tosa Inu; West Highland White Terrier; Wirehaired Fox Terrier; Wolf.
Owners identified these dogs as follows:
28 German Shepherd Mix;
14 Labrador Retriever Mix;
7 Terrier Mix;
3 Doberman Pinscher Mix;
2 Border Collie Mix.
1 each of the following:
Alaskan Malamute Mix; American Pit Bull Terrier Mix; Australian Cattle Dog Mix; Australian Shepherd Mix; Basset Hound Mix; Brittany Spaniel Mix; Cairn Terrier Mix; Chow Chow Mix; Dalmatian Mix; Pharaoh Hound Mix; Retriever Mix; Rottweiler Mix; Siberian Husky Mix.
Owners identified 2 breeds in the following:
13 German Shepherd/Labrador Retriever;
5 German Shepherd/Siberian Husky;
2 German Shepherd/Beagle;
2 German Shepherd/Collie;
2 German Shepherd/Hound;
3 Labrador Retriever/Golden Retriever;
2 Labrador Retriever/American Pit Bull Terrier;
2 Labrador Retriever/Border Collie;
2 Labrador Retriever/English Springer Spaniel;
2 Labrador Retriever/Newfoundland;
3 Golden Retriever/Chow Chow.
1 each of the following:
German Shepherd/Alaskan Malamute; German Shepherd/Australian Cattle Dog; German Shepherd/Border Collie; German Shepherd/Chow Chow; German Shepherd/Dachshund; German Shepherd/Golden Retriever; German Shepherd/Greyhound; German Shepherd/Keeshond; German Shepherd/Terrier; Labrador Retriever/Beagle; Labrador Retriever/Chow Chow; Labrador Retriever/Dalmatian; Labrador Retriever/Flat-Coated Retriever; Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler; Labrador Retriever/Terrier; Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel; Golden Retriever/Collie; Golden Retriever/Flat-Coated Retriever; Golden Retriever/Irish Setter; Siberian Husky/Alaskan Malamute; Siberian Husky/Doberman Pinscher; Australian Shepherd/Australian Cattle Dog; Australian Shepherd/Border Collie; Australian Shepherd/Flat-Coated Retriever; Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie; Shetland Sheepdog/Keeshond; American Eskimo Dog/Cocker Spaniel; American Eskimo Dog/English Springer Spaniel; American Pit Bull Terrier/Pointer; American Pit Bull Terrier/Chow Chow; Cairn Terrier/Pekingese.
Owners identified 3 breeds in the following:
Golden Retriever/Labrador Retriever/Rhodesian Ridgeback;
Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Chow Chow;
Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Hound;
Labrador Retriever/Siberian Husky/Chow Chow;
German Shepherd/Rhodesian Ridgeback/Labrador Retriever;
German Shepherd/Chow Chow/Australian Cattle Dog;
The following is a website of veterinarians who practice holistics: http://ahvma.org
I do hope that this information can be of some help.
Good luck to all
The most likely drugs for pain relief in a dog with hemangiosarcoma are aspirin, Rimadyl or other anti-inflammatories. These drugs present difficulties, however, in a dog who is already suffering a bleeding problem. So they are not recommended early in the course of the disease. Morphine and its derivatives can be used, but getting dosage correct is difficult in dogs, and these drugs are not commonly used.
Standard treatments for canine hemangiosarcoma include surgery and chemotherapy with doxorubicin, but in spite of treatment most dogs with this disease die within 6 months of diagnosis. Tumor growth and metastasis are angiogenesis dependent. Antiangiogenic drugs such as minocycline may provide therapeutic benefits in cancer patients. The purpose of this prospective study was to evaluate the efficacy of chemotherapy with doxorubicin and minocycline, an antiangiogenic agent, in dogs with hemangiosarcoma. Eighteen dogs with histologically confirmed hemangiosarcoma of any stage were treated with doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and minocycline. Complete staging was performed before and during the treatment period to assess remission status and response to therapy. No statistically significant difference was found in survival between the dogs treated with chemotherapy and minocycline, and historical controls consisting of dogs that received chemotherapy alone. Postmortem examination revealed widespread metastasis, suggesting that minocycline is ineffective as a single antiangiogenic agent in canine hemangiosarcoma.