"Our animals shepherd us through certain eras of ourlives. When we are ready
to turn the corner and make it on our own...they let us go."
There is always help so don't be afraid-messages from Morgy
If you animal has been diagnosed with cancer, my four legged companions hope
this site helps. The greatest mystery on earth is death..
After your shock, panic, possibly rage and terror wear off, and the agony sets
in, know that some do beat the disease, others live a lot longer than expected
and right now your treasure is on earth. Please view your companion and try to
push the cancer into the background after the initial shock. Our animals become
our guides in this very painful and mysterious journey.
Whatever decisions you make, will be the correct ones!
Morgan died on Dec 14, 2001, three months short of his 14 birthday. He
defeated cancer but his little heart finally became too tired. For over two
years and a half years, Morgan battled bone cancer. He battled it through
supporting his immune system..no chemo or radiation..he was not a
candidate..supplements, diet, and plenty of rest. One of his many nicknames was
the flaxseed kid..There is no proof but he was overdosed with
flaxseed oil and cottage cheese
for the first 1/2 year of his diagnosis. His vet was amazed at how well
Morgan did with his heart condition, advanced age and all. The vet saw him a
week before he died and was still amazed and then shocked at his sudden death.
Miracles do happen!Click here to find a geographic list of oncologists in your area
The anti inflammatories, anti bacterials and anti virals Morgy had been
receiving may have done the trick to be a cancer survivor.
I am currently going giving his littermate Hammy Same(S-Adenosyl Methionine). It has both anti
depressant effect and "USED TO IMPROVE HEPATIC GLUTATHIONE LEVELS AND
MAINTAIN AND PROTECT LIVER FUNCTION". One of the cheapest places I have found it on the net is http://www.iherb.com There is a cat and dog version put out by http://www.cosequin.com/veterinary/denosyl.htm -here is link to their research article -one of the cheapest places I have found it is at my affiliate
do a search for liver and you come up with denosyl
You might want to read up on
, a possible tumor killer.
You might also want to read up on melatonin. I am working on a page filled with research abstracts here For instance, there are suggestions that "that melatonin protect against
doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity without interfering with its antitumor effect Another source is grape seed extract or from grape skin...Resveratrol or Proanthocyanidins-supplements that have anti cancer properties...click here to skim research abstracts. Then there is bromelain. Please click here. (I decided to review abstracts for supplements to actually see if there were documented research rather than just folk remedies and testimonials. You can also print out some of those pages to show your vet in case they aren't holistic or in case they are curious.)
Dr. Charles Loops, a homeopath DVM now has a website. Here is his list of supplements. although I don't agree with him on downplaying of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese.
Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer
A book that gives a huge amount of information based on years of experience with humans.
Pets Living With Cancer: A Pet Owner's Resource
Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs : Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians
Why Is Cancer Killing Our Pets?: How You Can Protect and Treat Your Animal Companion
suggestions for nutrition-a must read from gulfcoastvet
ie " 1. Substitute poultry, fish, eggs, and cheese for red meat.
2. Marinate meats with sweet marinades or sauces.
3. Serve meats chilled rather than hot.
4. Use extra seasonings, spices, and flavorings, but avoid flavorings
that are very sweet or very bitter. An elevated threshold for
taste may make food taste bland or boring.
5. Use lemon-flavored drinks to stimulate saliva and taste, but avoid
artificial lemon and use sweeteners sparingly. "-these tend to follow articles
written for human cancer-there is a lot more on this webpage
The best method of prevention is to eliminate exposure to sunshine. The use of
sun block on the tip of the
nose and ears is helpful if your cat does not lick or rub it off. White haired
cats should be kept indoors,
and should be prevented from sunbathing for long periods of time in the window.
Even though windows
filter out ultraviolet radiation, they do not filter enough of the radiation in
the case of SCC."
Salivary gland neoplasia in the dog and cat: survival times and prognostic
Twenty-four dogs and 30 cats with histopathologically confirmed salivary gland neoplasia were
retrospectively reviewed in a multi-institutional study. The predominant presenting complaint for
animals with salivary gland neoplasia was that of a mass being noted by the owner; other
common complaints included halitosis, dysphagia, and exophthalmia. Siamese cats were
overrepresented, indicating a possible breed predisposition. The most common histopathological
type was simple adenocarcinoma. Cats had more advanced disease at diagnosis than did dogs,
and clinical staging was prognostic in dogs. The median survival times for dogs and cats were
550 days and 516 days, respectively.
Electrochemotherapy: potentiation of local antitumour effectiveness of
cisplatin in dogs and cats. ". Electrochemotherapy with cisplatin had a good antitumour effect on all tumours treated.
Their average size 4 weeks after treatment was also greatly reduced (0.01 cm3) compared to
those treated by intratumoural cisplatin injection alone (3.0 cm3). Altogether,
electrochemotherapy- treated tumours responded with 84% objective responses, whereas only
one tumourpartially responded to cisplatin treatment alone. Evaluated by contingency table, the
response to treatment with electrochemotherapy was significantly better than that of the cisplatin
treated group (p=0.014). Furthermore, there was a significant prolongation of the duration of
response in electrochemotherapy treated tumours (p = 0.046). The response to treatment was assessed on
tumour nodules in 3 cats with mammary adenocarcinoma and fibrosarcoma, and in 7 dogs with
mammary adenocarcinoma, cutaneous mast cell tumour, hemangioma, hemangiosarcoma,
adenocarcinoma glandulae paranalis and neurofibroma." This study showed that
electrochemotherapy with cisplatin is an effective, safe and simple local treatment of different
histological types of cutaneous and subcutaneous tumours in cats and dogs.
malignancies in cats
" Cats with tumors >
cm im diameter
have a median survival of 6 months, whereas cats with tumors
< 2 in diameter have a median survival of approximately 4 years.
The role of chemotherapy from MGT is unknown in cats, but because of the
aggressive nature of feline MGT, it may prove to
probably next best discussion(who knows if it is biased)re melatonin and breast
appears to come from Thorne's research
notice says nontoxic in humans at high doses..there apppears no FDA
documentation re requirements-also notice re anti oxidant and possible IBD
". Anticancer. Studies show that Melatonin deficiency may be a cause of breast
prostate cancer or at least a guard against it. Melatonin prevents breast
division in estrogen-dependent and non-estrogen dependent cancers. In fact, one
study showed that the reason meditation is beneficial in cancer therapy is that
boosts Melatonin production. Another study showed that Melatonin amplifies the
immune effects of Interleukin-2 and protects against chemotherapy toxicity and
radiation. 30 days of 10 mg per night Melatonin in solid tumor patients boosted
levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) by 28%, gamma interferon by 51% and
Interleukin-2 by 41%, a radical increase. In fact, the prescription drug,
Neupogen™, given to cancer and AIDS patients to stimulate their immune systems
works by stimulating Melatonin secretion but it costs thousands of dollars.
rhythmicity (nightly secretion) is suppressed in cancer patients. Melatonin also
counteracts the atrophy of the thymus gland, the master immune system gland"
university of Penn.August 2001-mammary tumors
an overview-third most common cancer in cats-almost 90 percent tumors are
malignant-most effective treatment to date-"surgical incisive"-if benign-still
helpful measure for prevention-" It is unclear whether spaying a cat early in
diminishes the risk for development of mammary cancer later
on." Spaying at the time of mammary tumor resection has no
measurable effect on
the rate of tumor reoccurrence."
canine mammary tumors u of penn
"Breeds at risk for developing mammary gland tumors
include toy and miniature Poodles, Spaniels, and German
average age of dogs at diagnosis is 10-11 years. "Studies
have shown that spaying a dog before her first, second, or third heat
cycle can significantly decrease the risk for developing
mammary gland tumors
later in life.
"Half of all mammary
gland tumors are benign and can be treated successfully with
Re lactic acid and possible cancer fighting properties-plus raw versus cooked
I was given permission by Suze F.to post it here
I'd love to hear what you come up with on your Internet search.
Here is a
quote from CJ Puotinen's "The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care,
"In his book "How to Fight Cancer and Win," William L. Fischer
importance of saurkraut and other lactic acid fermented foods as a
therapy in human cancer prevention and treatment. Those are fresh,
unpasteurized natural pickels, made without vinegar and with a
salt, which are, Fischer explained, an excellent bowel tonic; they
digestion, which in cancer patients is often compromised by a lack
hydrochloric acid and enzymes, and are themselves rich in easily
nutrients. Lactic acid maintains beneficial intestinal flora while
to eliminate harmful bacteria. According to German physician and
Johannes Kuhl, M.D., Ph.D., lactic acid foods are "hostile" to
other full-value diet will do the job [of reducing cancer cases],"
It sounds like this process may more closely replicate the
plant material in a prey's stomach and intestines than cooked
you mentioned. However, I disagree that wolves and or dogs'
eat raw plant materials albeit, I believe, in small amounts. No
one seems to
agree how much raw plant material they ate but they ate some as do
modern day dogs if the owner allows it. Juliette de Bairacli Levy
"The Complete Herbal Handbook For the Dog and Cat," "The dog is no
vegetable eater, taking only what it gets from the contents of the
intestines of the prey which it kills, and in very limited
from various grasses, berries and mosses, which it seeks out for
Many dogs have completely lost their instinct for the seeking-out
only for that admirable, intestinal cleansing herb, couch grass
repens) , do dogs seem to retain their herb eating instinct..."
does emphasize that dogs seek herbs more for medicinal purposes
Maybe we don't really differ on this point, I just think they do
raw plant material although a very small ratio compared to meat
I do agree that dogs' ancestors probably didn't eat much raw
turnip unless these agriculturally-raised veggies have wild
somewhere in the world where dogs' ancestors lived. Hmmm.... I'm
to think I overfeed veggies....I give my two 10 lb. dogs about 3
per day. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. This is
issue I've been pondering along with the digestion issue....
There was a recent news release for a large research study on rotties-there
were statistical findings that early neutering-increased the risk of bone
-this came off the 20/20
site..hope they don't mind my putting it on this page
love animals as much as we do.. 20/20
Sept. 8 Ross Wilkins and Stephen Withrow are doctors working
the fight against bone cancer.
But their collaboration does not happen in the same hospital or
center they can't meet on the job because they work on different
Still, their unusual partnership has led them to become leaders
not only in
helping their patients survive bone cancer with chemotherapy, but
preserving limbs that almost certainly would have been amputated
in the past.
Wilkins, an orthopedic surgeon, practices at a state-of-the-art
facility, the Institute for Limb Preservation at St. Luke's
Hospital in Denver. Withrow, a veterinarian specializing in
in animals, practices 70 miles north of Denver in the world's
veterinary cancer center at Colorado State University. Wilkins
began to tap
into Withrow's knowledge of animal treatment for a very good
cancer occurs in large dogs 10 times more frequently than it does
Withrow helped pioneer a technique that makes bone grafts a
which a cadaver bone is transplanted into the affected area more
by using surgical cement to fill and strengthen the bone before
transplanted. Antibiotics are added as well to fight potential
Wilkins remembers when they discussed such a procedure over pizzas.
"If you think about a bone, it's a hollow tube. We felt that if we
fill that tube with something that's hard and strong, you could put
antibiotics in. That would protect the graft from infection," he
sort of started doing this in animals, and we started doing it in
Withrow performed state-of-the-art surgery on Dakota, a black
to try to avoid amputation of his front leg. A day later, Dakota
was out on
the lawn, retrieving a ball. (ABCNEWS.com)
Another technique developed for dogs by Withrow, with help from the
National Cancer Institute, involves the use of sponges.
sponges are soaked with chemotherapy agents designed to kill any
cancer cells. "There's no vomiting. There's no hair loss. There's
the common side-effects of chemo," Withrow says.
Chemotherapy is what saves a patient's life and Withrow's dogs
teach many lessons on how it can be used effectively. Surgical
care is what
saves limbs and through the testing of bone cement, antibiotics
to help the bone graft heal faster, the veterinary center has also
contribution to human care in reducing complications.
There's a lot of brainstorming left to do. But Wilkins and Withrow
will continue to communicate with each other once a week in their
Bone Cancer Treatment Resources
If you're looking for information on bone cancer treatments for
Dr. Ross Wilkins
Institute for Limb Preservation
St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital
1601 East 19th Avenue Suite 3300
Denver, Colo. 80218
If you're looking for information on bone cancer treatments for
Dr. Stephen Withrow
Colorado State University
Animal Cancer Center
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colo. 80523