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Questions and Answers to Readers and How To Find Me

3 May

Dear Readers:  Thank you for reading my blog. I’m sorry if you’ve ended up here because your dog has cancer.  I have been getting so many questions and answers about this blog and know I am not a veterinarian, but I have published my account of what kept my dog alive for years.  Buford was unlike any other dog or pet in my life, and it hurts me just to come back here to moderate comments. I miss him so much. He fought so hard.  So I will post some reader questions and answers here so you can find them quickly, and  I hope you find them helpful. I will update when I can.  I’ve been working on my new blog, to help people now, TheCalmLife.net.   All my personal links are there, that is how you can find me.

I send you love and light in your battle to keep your beloved pet alive.

Question:   Will PH kill the cancer?

Answer:   According to Phil at phkillscancer.org,  it does.  However, I used PH and supplements to prolong my dog’s life as there is no cure for cancer. The cancer was already in his lymph nodes when I started yet he still had an appetite , he wanted to fight, and he trusted me.   If the cancer has already progressed in your dog to the point of impacting his organs, appetite, or making him suffer, then I do not suggest this therapy for you.

Question: How did you get the baking soda into your dog?

Answer: I made a paste of baking soda and Brer molasses and hollowed out small areas of hot dogs . Cut a hot dog in 5 pieces. Stand on end. Leave the bottom solid but take a 1/2″ area out of the top and then I stuffed the paste in the hot dog. Luckily my Buford trusted me to take whatever I would feed him. If your dog has no appetite this won’t work.

Question:  What supplements did you use?

Answer:   Here is my list for Buford, who was a 55-60 lb dog.  You can read up on the benefits of all these supplements individually, but, if your dog is 20 lbs you would cut my list in 1/3.  The supplements were expensive. I can’t tell you what worked, what didn’t because I used them all together!

Question: What dose of baking soda should I use for my dog ?

Answer: My research and use of baking soda was monitored by using PH strips for pools on Buford’s urine and my notes are here.    Buford was a 60 lb dog and my goal was to give him small amounts of baking soda and molasses in hot dogs for a few days and monitor his urine until I reached the “kill zone”.  Buford was a large dog so I gave 3-4 pieces of hot dog a day for three days until he reached the kill zone.  However, if I had to do this for my mini doxie who is 12 lbs I think I would be scared to give that much and maybe only give her a small tiny piece with no more than 1/2 a teaspoon of the baking soda molasses mixture.  In fact, I would be scared to apply this protocol to any medium to small size dogs.

Question:  Can you write a post about the hot dogs?

Answer:  I will try to recreate this for you soon.

Question:  Can you make it easier to manuever the website

Answer: I will change the format .

 

 


 

 

 

 

Buford RIP Passed at Age 15 With Cancer

23 Nov

Buford is in Heaven and It’s Taken Me Awhile To Write This Post : But He Lived with Cancer Many Years and To a Ripe Old Age Thanks to This Treatment


My Buford

I haven’t posted for awhile, as I have been morning the death of the love of my life, Buford.  I had to put him down on Tuesday, 6/16/15.  As with any pet owner time had come for me to hold up my end of the bargain , and not let him suffer.  Granted, he was age 15 and just a few days before his death still running and playing with his friends.

Buford Dying

I was so very proud of him.  However, he went 3 days (around the 13th of June this started), without eating and then I knew it was time. His body became sunken in and the final night I laid on the floor holding him and crying. It was time to do the right thing by him.  If you notice, above, he is pretty lifeless. Breaths shorter and very tired. His body was dying, yet my dog, he held on for 72 hours until I took the choice to end the suffering.

He had fought so hard for me.  Taking him to the vets the next day was brutal on my soul. It took husband and I to sit with him and hold him down on the floor while they put the catheter in. In a last ditch attempt he jumped up and ran to both doors of the room as if to say, “I don’t want to leave. Let me out.” He weighed the same, but only because the  tumor had grown to the size of a canteloupe in his rear, and was causing him pain. His body and face was sunken in.

I held him on my lap while they gave him the sedative–possibly morphine–whatever they inject before they put him down to calm him, and honestly,  I think I lost him there. He went down like a ton of bricks, face hitting my leg, and then I knew my baby was gone.  I had to leave the room I was so distraught, I had him cremated and his paw print but yet I still have only held the box a few times. It sits on my desk and I’ve yet to come to terms with my faithful friend being in a pine wood box. Much less looking at an imprint of a paw who was with me through thick and thin all these years.

 

Love lasts forever, even though death. It was only just this week I had my first dream of Buford. He was running, gallopping and playing in my dream as if to show me is in a happier place. I really miss him. I have other dogs, and I’ll always have other dogs, but there’s always one that is so special.  That one was Buford.

He got me through the past 15 years of my life.  Horrible break up, marriage, death of my mom, and now soon to be divorce again.   If Buford’s story can help another person spend quality time with their loved pet here it is.

As you know there is no cure for cancer.  The PH diet and supplements simply bought him time, and quality of life.  I get a lot of comments on this blog from pet owners, and I feel for all of them.  I am not a vet or a doctor  therefore I can’t legally tell you what to do about treatment with you pet. I can tell you I have listed all the steps right here that I used and that worked for Buford.   I have heard from people who have tried this regimen and prolonged their pet’s life and that a vet in Canada is supposedly following this treatment.   Again, I merely wrote a blog about what I’ve done, and what I’ve learned thanks to PHKillsCancer.com combined with study of natural herbs and supplements.  All of the ways I did it are on this blog.

Again, find the appropriate post to read what I did for Buford. I am not a doctor, but common would be to proportion Buford’s dose to your dog  via dog weight.  Everything I did for Buford was based on his weight (range: 45-55 lb dog). Therefore if your dog was (range: 22-27 lbs) you would cut everything in half.

There are no guarantees you won’t kill your dog by doing the PH treatment. It’s very taxing on their organs. However, so is the cancer.  Here are links to the three steps I used here:

STEP ONE: 

Using the PH to shock his system  (post is here).   This was done in the form of hot dogs stuffed with Baking Soda with Rabbit Molasses mix) and gradually repeating over the course of days until his PH reached the crucial level which I measured with strips when he peed.  This was hard on his organs and gave him the shakes and fevers. You can lose your dog by doing this.  I made the decision I was losing him and from the cancer and decided this as my last resort.  You can read how sick it made Phil a human at PHKillsCancer.com.  This PH basically started the process of shocking his system (and the cancer) from acidic to akaline and this is what is supposedly attributed to slowing the growth of said cancer and allowed him to recover with the helps of steps 2 & 3.  Again, it did not cure the cancer, it simply zapped it into a slower growth which proof is in my dog living for all these years, running and playing, with a tumor slow growing in his rear.  The basset hound is long and he had room to spare. A smaller dog may not have fared as well. I cannot say for certain.

STEP TWO: 

Energizing his system with Alkaline foods to supercharge him and make him stay alkaline vs. acidic. Sugars are no good, as they feed the cancer.  Buford was extremely fond of collards, kale, cooked chicken, boiled chicken and red meats. The red meat was only to hold his interest but I strongly advise the chicken.

Making him fresh dinners every night, or enough for a weeks’ time and portion controlling took money and effort. At first I took him off dry kibble completely. This caused tooth problems eventually, so be sure to brush teeth as the lack of kibbles can rot teeth causing plaque to form.  Eventually I broke down and fed him grain free Blue, of which helped his teeth but in my opinion, I would have omitted and only followed chicken and kale diet, mixed with some pork back fat. (shown here)

Here is a good chart to follow:

Akaline Foods

STEP THREE:

On the flip side I had to supercharge his system with good  natural supplements which boosted his immune system, and let him live a high quality of life. The quantities on this blog were for Buford, whose weight at the time ranged between 45-55 lbs.   A full list of products I used was here.  

This did get costly yet it was worth it.  He was good about taking his pills they were easy to hide in hunks of chicken, yet for smaller dogs some of these pills like fish oil or krill oil were big, so I don’t know how you would do it.  I suppose it has to do with the will to live.

He loved me, and he listened to me, it is a special bond you must have with your dog and total trust.

THANK YOU BUFORD:

For most basset hounds, the average span is 10-12, but for Buford living to age 15 and able to run, jump and play is unheard of. Most suffer joint or hip issues, but my Buford, he was loving life up until his death and I loved him every day of his 15 years.  This is because of the regimen but also owes credit to the dog.  It took a brave, strong, determined dog to fight against cancer.

SCREW YOU CANCER

 

Cancer has taken my grandfather, grandmother, mother, and now my dog also succumbed to cancer in this area, but had a much healthier and happier experience with natural remedies versus chemotherapy and suffering. I guess I should start eating Buford’s diet and stop eating breads grains corn and pizza and maybe I would have a good defense for it.

Again I will reiterate there is no cure for cancer. In my research I found there to have been one company in Germany who supposedly had found a cure, using a mistletoe mixed with unknown via a certain extraction process, and if you are a smart and saavy computer tech you can find evidence of this talk in 2006-2007 breast cancer forums, though the threads are old and hard to find. It talks of injections being sent in from another country at about $200-$400 per shot.  The vet that I was working with originally doing Buford’s blood to self injections told me she cured several dogs this way.

Ironically, much later, the Susan G. Komen foundation did their own research and gave Mistletoe a “C” which is a report card grade, find their study here.

Soon after these early injectibles threads the US supposedly outlawed THESE products (details unclear if all injectibles or extract of said mistletoe, or from where it was coming) and soon after that evidence is found that a US chemical company aka pharmaceutical bought out the small factory.  The recipe for the cure? Only to be lost forever, or perhaps locked in area 51.  Ironically, we will never know.

FOR YOUR DOG

I get a lot of messages sent to me about people’s sick dogs, and I’m not a vet, or a doctor, so by law I can’t answer these questions. However, my Buford is walking proof that the high PH diet and introduction of the bicarbonate (Baking Soda) and natural supplements not only worked on his body, but supercharged him to live out his life happily and comfortably with cancer.

I am blessed to say this has worked for him, and I’ve hard from other dog owners who it’s worked for them. However, if this is just prayer, love, and a dog’s will to survive and has nothing to do with the treatment, I will never know.  Buford couldn’t talk, but if he could, I’d give you the answers.

Thanks for reading.

HUMANS AND PH THERAPY

For humans, I see a doctor in Italy is pretty much onto the same therapy treating cancer as a fungus aka infection, see more here:

http://www.curenaturalicancro.com/en/cancer-and-fungus-how-it-started/video/

Or, read Phil’s dance with cancer  PhKillsCancer.com

THE MISSING PIECES

Thank you to : 

Dr. Joseph Mercola  – who has a lot of good information on supplements and vitamins to help boost the immune system. It is here I found that the calcium I was giving him wasn’t doing the best for him.

Dr. Carol   –  her Cancer Essentials I would recommend to anyone. She can also do consults for blood work treatment, etc. You can get the tests at your regular vet and let her look them over.

Dr. Klimovitz     – who I switched to when I felt my original vet and holistic vet were not doing right by my dog.

NOW A HUGE F*CK YOU TO: 

Dr. Joseph Zulty , who was Buford’s original vet and someone I had taken my pets to since I was 14 (over 25 years).   A highly gifted surgeon, and well respected in the veterinary community, he owns his own practice in Essex , buying the one he worked for.

In my opinion, he wasn’t doing right by my dog. This is due to the fact he referred a holistic vet to my dog (who not only works for another vet, but advertised on her own website her holistic services and that she would do house calls) yet I could only use the services in his office, to which Buford was a nervous wreck.

Buford hated going to that vet, perhaps he associated it with the original operation, I don’t know. Buford would shake, run and literally cry trying to force him in the door he would pull and tug off his leash and once almost ran into the busy highway. This definitely wasn’t the best for him stress wise.

With all due respect, in the field of holistic meds Dr. Danna-Christian’s knowledge is above- excellent, and she is ahead of her time. I would have to say perhaps, she and a handful of people actually believed in the blood recognition procedures (taking one’s own blood and injecting it under their skin to recharge the immune system).

Yet, the “back door agreement” that Dr. Zulty had with her was that that all work was to be preformed there at his offices pissed me off to no end due to his stress level.

Unfortunately, I even offered to pay more if she would treat Buford at home, so that Dr. Zulty would get his money-cut, but she would not. I even offered to take Buford elsewhere – anywhere – to a park, or even the Boston Street Animal Hospital she worked at.  No, this wasn’t possible either.

Fuck them both.  I accused them both at that point of not doing the best for my pet. After almost 25 years dealing with Dr. Zulty and all my pets, I was upset with both of them.  I preached to them about their ethics so much I assume I was just a liability.

I then switched to Dr. Klimovitz telling her everything and somehow we got a plan together to make Buford’s visits as stress free as possible. He actually liked going there.

It looks like I made the right decision in the end for my dog. ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Basset Hound is Still Alive with Cancer the Testament of Bond Between Owner and Dog

18 Nov
basset hound cancer

Buford and Kendall. Kendall is Birdie’s daughter. He took right to her of course, she looks just like her mom. Taken in September 2014

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and some of you wonder why. I am happy to report that my Buford is still alive and snuggling with me right now on our couch!   I am not sure for how long though, as I feel in my heart we are headed down the final road.  It has been a long road and one that I don’t regret for a minute. I am trying to keep his quality of life high, and now I am debating on when to make the final decision.

AUGUST

August was amazing, he was running and playing like a puppy. I had some great videos of Buford which got lost the end of August when I dropped my iPhone in a bucket of water and for whatever reason, I hadn’t backed them up to the cloud.  I worked a lot out of town in August. He was showing more white in his face and his face looked dehydrated.

SEPTEMBER

In September and he started getting stressed again and refusing to eat.  Then the accidents started in September.  He would try to make it to his puppy door but would pee on the floor.  First it was once a week, then twice. I immediately thought his kidneys were going and so I took him for a sonagram and blood work.

His kidney values were elevated, (which is the case in most older dogs) but the sonagram revealed something oddly amazing.  At least to me.

Originally the cancer was supposed to grow together and cut off his bowel, making him unable to defecate and at which time I’d have to put him down.

As he was still having solid poops (and large ones at that) so I was not sure what was happening.  The sonogram revealed that the cancer (last sonogram 2/28/13 originally two 3 cm masses on both sides of him = 6 cm total) actually grew together and hardened into a hard mass, making a heavy ball inside of him total of 9 cm across.  For whatever reason, the ball of cancer then protruded down to push on his bladder (thereby NOT cutting off his bowels).

To me that was odd news that instead of cutting off his bowels the ball of cancer somehow rests on top his bladder, so that when his bladder is full, or if he should lay a certain way, by the time he tries to make it out the door, he sometimes doesn’t stand a chance.

But the wonderfully amazing part is, two cancer tumors were  IN HIS NODES when I started this therapy .   Now the cancer total is 9cm and is merged into one hard node.  Do you hear what I’m saying?

– IT HAS NOT SPREAD TO OTHER AREAS OF HIS BODY OR OTHER LYMPH NODES.

– ALL THIS TIME IT TOOK TO GROW. WHEREIN I HAVE NOT HEARD OF OTHER DOGS LIVING THIS LONG WITH LYMPHOMA , OR ANY HUMAN WITH LYMPH NODE CANCER.

– ALL THIS TIME MY DOG HAS BEEN RUNNING AND PLAYING LIKE A PUPPY!

– ALL THIS TIME WE HAVE HAD TOGETHER!

My husband and I prepared ourself to put him down, when he was ready.

basset hound cancer

There is always that one dog, that sets the bar for the bond between a dog and their owner. Taken 8-27-14 I use him in my promo shots.  I think he looks older here, but his weight would go up and down based on if he had a few good days or bad days.

OCTOBER

October came and went and I thought that would be the end of him. He had a lot of non eating days.  I thought for sure he was a goner as I could see his ribs and he was worrying me.  Some times he would not eat.  The usual chicken and kale was a no go anymore.  I could have a back up fresh burger cooked for him and he wouldn’t eat that either.  Turned his nose up at steak and even fresh cooked turkey.  Have had to be creative and get some Grain Free cans of dog food and Grain Free hard food by Blue. Cost me $2 a day per can and about $1 worth of dry food per day for him. I continued his pills in hopes this would continue to help him.

I would never had advised can food on my plan early on, as sometimes you see hidden elements in the processing of the food that are no good for him.  However, at this point in the game, Buford ate.  He ate like a champ because it was different and once again he came back fighting.  However, when feeding grain free all the time you aren’t necessary building a lot of fats and weight up so I had to be creative and heat up chicken fat or bacon fat and pour it in to make up for the few pounds he lost. Good days he would eat the meals I made him and take his pills. Bad days he would eat like a bird and spit the pills out. I would restuff them into something and he would eat around the pills. I think he had those days where he tried to rake my last nerve , spitting them out so much they got mushy and i couldn’t restuff them. I know he was telling me he didn’t want them anymore. But I made him eat them. I made him eat and  I got used to feeding him three times a day little stuff if he would nibble. He would graze the dry food too. Accidents about three times a week consistently, always pee, never poop.

WEIGHT LOSS

His weight maintained at 53-54 lbs.  I had to tell myself he was really only 50 with a 4 lb rock inside. But amazing for him, the most he ever weighed was 63.  So all in all this has been a successful journey.

NOVEMBER

This month has been significantly more difficult and he is much more picky, I have had to settle for giving him fish or throwing him some lunchmeat.  Last Friday he slipped on the snow and hurt his back paw. He is walking but he won’t climb steps. I won’t take him to the vets because whether it’s ligament or sprain won’t matter, there is no surgery at this point. He doesn’t appear to be in much pain or suffering but he will wait for me to lift his butt up and he will walk with his paws and doesn’t mind the boost up the steps. I’m giving him Rimidyl when he will take it.

His appetite is nill for three days now.  He burps a lot and I know his stomach hurts. He will now wait for me to hand feed him. When he feels like can food I can sneak in his pills quite easy (I’m still giving in hopes some of the herbs continue to keep his immune system up.) Other days he goes without any pill. He sleeps more and is slower waking up.  I’m going to get him some Cephalexin just in case.

I have noticed his teeth look horrible and he omits strange odors that seem to smell like death approaching. There is a lot of digestive gas and issues like very bad breath, and I assume inside (gut flora) must be a mess .

I decided to give him some yogurt and increase his probiotics and he seemed to feel better. but need to call the vet tomorrow.  Just last week (Nov12) the urination became a daily accident yet he was still running and playing. It is harder for him now that it’s colder out to get up and make it out the door faster.  The husband would not let me put him down as we know what is causing the accidents, and it’s not kidney failure.  Since he’s hurt his paw he’s not running right now, but he follows me everywhere room to room and wags and is vocal when we come or go.  He loves us so much and we wouldn’t trade him for the world.

Although he has decreased appetite he is staying hydrated. He will have good days and bad days. When he’s ready I’m ready.  If it’s a day or another month, I’m okay with that.

Lucky for me, I’m self employed and winter months I work from home. He will not leave my side until the day he passes. I am here with him til the end.

I don’t guesstimate when that will be. I can tell you we cancelled our yearly trip to Maine for Thanksgiving because the car ride would be uncomfortable to him, I feel as though he won’t make getting in and out constantly with a bad paw and having to urinate so much.   An hour to hour and a half with him pushes the bar now.  Maine was his favorite place.

basset hound cancer

The car rides are uncomfortable on him now. Buford is still hanging on though!  Taken OCT 2014

—————This Journey—————————-

This whole experience has been amazing to me on several counts. For one, there was a time in my life where I believed when you have cancer you must get chemo and radiation. My dog had neither and in reality, had cancer in his lymph nodes that did not spread rapidly thanks to this therapy and stayed contained in a mass which changed composition thanks to this therapy.

I have seen the power of natural medicine and I have seen the power of herbs.

I have seen how a 14 year old dog can run like a puppy thanks to diet and nutritional herbs and supplements.

This I will say yet again, there was a day I would not have believed this story unless I was living it.

I ask myself if I would have went though all this trouble for myself, and the answer is probably not.

What made me do it for Buford T. Woo?

Love. 

This my friends is the testament of the bond between owner and dog.  He has seen me get married divorced and married again. He’s been there though the death of my mom and dad, and he’s outlived the other pets and his friends in the neighborhood. He doesn’t judge and he doesn’t mind listening.  He’s my faithful. I wonder what has made him hang on this long?

Love.

My brave boy.  I will post again when he passes.  But not until. Time is sacred now.

Cancer Dog

Believe in Miracles. He is mine.

 

Pork Back Fat for the Cancer Dog Diet

15 Feb
Pork Back Fat

Pork Back Fat off of a Pork Picnic Shoulder

Dr. Carol first told me about the Pork Back Fat.  Let me first explain a regular healthy dog has a hard time processing and digesting fat , fatty tumors will form and it will upset their tummies.  So if your dog is healthy, don’t give them fat.   Now we talk about the cancer dog.  In this case,  I have to feed MY dog and not FEED the cancer, so this meant cutting out grains.  Breads, grains, wheat, rice, and even corn. GONE.   Once you cut out these things, your dog will lose weight. Losing weight is bad in a sense that you don’t want them to become  waxing and waning or unhealthy . You want them to keep their mass and strength. So you have to keep their weight on with something. In my case, Buford’s diet is getting his caloric content and fat from natural animal fats.

If you consider his diet consists of chicken and kale, the only fats he’s getting is really the natural chicken fat, skin, cartilage. Both before picking and afterwards I boil the bones then skim the fat off the top of the chicken stock. All natural and all good for him, however Buford loses interest in eating the same things each day.  He misses his kibbles, corn and grains.  I don’t blame him, he lived on that for 12 years.   Even if I switch him up with Ground Beef (which I only do once per month if I find organic angus and ground meat should be avoided in the cancer dog due to processing agents) or a day of steak, neither of these have enough fat truly to keep his weight on.

ENTER THE PORK BACK FAT : BEWARE OF PROCESSED AND SALTED

So we go through a small stint with the pork back fat.  It’s high in caloric content and low in protein. Great for packing on the calories and when chopped small enough, digestible.   Here is the issue. If you are to buy it in a store it has been salted with kosher style salt to preserve the processing and perhaps to cure it I don’t know. But it’s loaded in sodium and gosh knows what else, and that’s not good.

Pork Back Fat

GET A PORK PICNIC SHOULDER AND TRIM OFF THE FAT

 

You can find the perfect fat on a Pork Picnic Shoulder. I nabbed a good sized one for $1.49 on sale. An $11 piece yielded me a huge pot of BBQ for us humans and six baggies of Pork Back Fat for Buford.  More on the BBQ later.

The first thing you do with the raw pork shoulder, is trim the pork fat off all the way around, It is going to be about 1/2 to 3/4 thick in areas and leaving some raw pork attached is okay. Your goal is to simmer this covered in a fry pan with some water.  You will see it shrink about 25-30% of it’s original size. You may even hear squealing as the outer skin is shrinking.

Pork Back Fat

As you can see above, compare to the very top picture in this post, and the cooking process, the pork has toughened on the skin area and shrunk about 33% of it’s original size. Trim it into small pieces, about 1/2″ to 3/4″ cubes, and you should do this while it’s still warm. You then return the cubes to the fry pan to sizzle them down a bit more.

 

pork back fat cubes

Note the brown edges.

Here’s a video of how to do it:

During this time you will hear the snap, crackle pop and that’s okay, you are rendering down the rest of the pork back fat, making the edges a bit harder and making sure to fully cook the edges to kill any bacteria. I simply brown the edges and drain off a bit of excess grease.  Let them cool and bag them in “snack size bags.”.   A small snack size bag will last you up to two weeks. Feed them as snacks here or there, or in with their food.

Pork Back Fat Bags

It’s funny really, my great grandmother cooked everything with Lard. Now, technically, it’s keeping my dog alive.

Pork Back Fat Bags

BUFORDS HEALTH TODAY:  Great! He’s been pooping like a horse and keeping his weight on. His mood is 250% better because we’ve tracked down and adopted Birdie’s daughters Kendall and Nala. Kendall is 3.5 and Nala is 4, they have different fathers but Birdie was their mom.   Long story short, we are blessed to have these loving girls in our home.  They have some special needs issues, but both girls are happy to be in their new home and well, Buford has immediately taken to Kendall, and she to him. I wonder if he he knows it’s Birdie’s daughter?

Buford and KendallBuford is welcoming Kendall into her new home.

He’s very protective of her and has to sleep by her. If she’s up on the couch and he is too tired to jump up, he will whine until he gets a boost to be next to her.  He truly has become protective of her.

Nala Cat is really a Dog

Kendall on the left and Nala on the right. They came with these names.

Dr. Carol’s Pets Cancer Dog Pills

29 Aug

Dr. Carol's Pets Canccer Pills Boost Support to your dog

Thank you Dr. Carol.

Buford and I just got back from a walk. Truth is he ran and I walked, because this summer I’d sprained my anke. Two months not completely healed yet, but the dog appears to be running and playing and jumping like a baby and I can’t keep up with him.  I thought about how much he’s gone through and how proud I am of him. To think that he’s living holistically wtih only natural boosted immunity support and a diet of superfoods and proteins make me realize how happy I am that I choose this path. No chemo. No operations. No regular medicine.

Dr. Carol of Chagrin Falls, Ohio was one of the first hholistic vets I consulted with, and someone I greatly admire.  She has her own clinic and combines what’s she’s learned as a vet with holistic and botainical supplements to make your dog (or cat or any pet for that matter) feel their best. She’s got her own line of healing dog remedies. Why aren’t these in every vet’s office? At first I thought it’s because the vets want your dog to be sick so they can keep charging you. Then I decided it’s not their fault that they are so close minded when it comes to holistic medicine. After all, vets are taught doctoral medicine and treat dogs with textbook treatments.

She has lots of great PAAWS vitamins for older dogs, and they contain lots of natural supplements to make your dog feel their best.  I used those and think they are wonderful, but even more so, Buford can’t live without Dr. Carol’s Quantum Immunity Essentials. Basically these are pills to boost the immune support system of older, sickly, or cancer dogs and made with tons of natural botanical ingredients. The ingredients are blended together so they optimize their working properties.

There are 60 pills per bottle, and approximately cost $44.95 plus shipping to my dog was $6.59 for a total of $51.54.  Buford gets one pill per day and greatly misses them if I run out.   And they obviously work because Buford is still here.  I have to say he takes 13 pills a day and this is just one of them., but granted, he missed his meds only one night, and it threw him into a tailspin. All his meds are natural and botanical, or organic. However, this particular night I could not forgive myself. He was up five times with hot sweats, panting, and peeing excessively. I actually thought he was going into kidney failure. The next morning, I put him back on his natural supplements and he sleeps like a baby and is back to normal urination.

Now you tell me.  Is it worth it to put your cancer dog or your old dog who’s not in the best health out of discomfort and into the comfort zone?  Yes, it is.  I can’t fix Buford’s cancer or make it go away, but I can find ways to combat it by boosting his immune system. If anyone could believe my dog running at 13 (past basset hound prime) like a damn puppy it’s only because of the pills and diet.  So here is where I say:

Thank you Dr. Carol. You are changing the world one pill at a time. I only wish more vets would offer your products so I didn’t have to mail order them. I wish I could walk into any vet’s office and buy what’s best for my dog. I think a lot of people would agree, that their pet is worth whatever it takes to live their life tot he fullest. When battling cancer, Dr. Carol’s Pets is my best ally.

I also want to say I did a phone consult with her and obtained some great diet tips for Buford early on with his cancer.  I learned a lot in that call, and thank her immensly.

If you don’t believe it take it from me, it’s true. These pills work.  Here is more information:  Dr. Carol.com

Originally, I ordered four months worth. IAt this time, I order one bottle at a time. Buford and I take it day by day. And we are both okay with that.

Eight Months Strong Since the Cancer Returned

15 Aug
basset hound cancer

Little Schnitzel knows when Buford is having a bad day. They often snuggle close on those days.

Eight Months!

It’s been eight months since my old vet told me Buford has cancer in his lymph nodes. It’s probably been ten months since the actual cancer returned.  At this rate with cancer in his nodes the size of coconuts, I am quite pleased with his HEALTHY survival rate and quality of life. Had I done chemo, he would have been gone months back.

I look at my faithful companion Buford every day and smile. Although his body does show less fat than he used to have (switching to an organic diet with chicken and kale) he still has the pep in his step and is healthy (well, except for the coconut sized cancer in his nodes). He runs and plays and at 13 that’s amazing in itself.

The Dog Is Fighting.

Buford certainly has a will to live and I think for him, that’s keeping him going. Having an owner he loves is the sole reason for survival, as is his little partner Schnitzel, a 6 year old mini doxie who is the love of his life. I guess that makes him gay, but whatever works to keep him alive.

When I say he has a will to live, I’ll give you an example. I first try to feed him the meds when he is hungry wrapped in chicken skin or a cube of steak.  He will often spit them out and make a small pile of them. If I yell and get upset about this, he will gobble up the capsules just to make me happy. It’s a strange communication we have. He knows without the meds he will have a worse night than with the meds.

Bad Days Turn To Needy-Ness.

I’ve had to tailor his dinners. For months he lived on Chicken and Kale but now he associates the chicken with his recent bout of the stress-infection. I’ve had to switch him to steak and steak cubes and slowly re-introduce the chicken in with it.  This of course has cost me a fortune finding grass fed steaks and good cuts (fatty the better), but hey, whatever works. He’s gained back 3 of the 7 lbs he lost during his infection.

Buford overall is way more needy than usual.  When he has bad days (and you can tell, because he’ll eat more grass or be up in the middle of the night with hot sweats having to pee more than usual) he follows me everywhere. If I so much as run to the store and back he’s howling like he lost his best friend.  The neighbors asked what I’m doing to the dog, because they hear him screech and moan when I’m gone on the back porch as if it’s the end of the world.  The bottom line is when he’s not feeling good, he wants to at least know I’m there.

Granted, I am not used to this additionally neediness and have had to rearrange my work schedule. This is my busy project time, and I’m often out of town for a few days at a time and I can leave him with the pet sitter, but anymore this is not working out.   Just leaving him for 8 to 10 hours a day put him into sickness (stress sickness read here.)  When I’m gone, he has a large doggie door where he comes and goes and plays in the back yard with two other dogs in our home and one cat he’s quite fond of, but none of this seems to matter.

These little clues tell me that quite possibly the end is sooner rather than later.  So I have rearranged the best I can and try to leave him minimally and accommodate the dog.

Dogs Know Dogs.

 

I am really worried about his little play mate Schnitzel, a mini doxie who is six years old and thinks of Buford as his best friend in life (and lover because of the way he constantly dry humps his rear while he’s sleeping even after getting the little bugger fixed…).  Although we have a lovely girl doxie in the house Schnitzel could care less.  He will be truly heartbroken when Buford finally goes.

Schnitzel’s actions tell me of Buford’s bad days. On bad days Schnitzel tries to cheer up Buford by licking his teeth, pulling on his ears and licking his face. Often times Buford will just lay there with one eye open as if to say, “Really????”

On good days however Schnitzel is the reason. He is soltely what is keeping Buford oxygenated, by running around the yard with him and they play and chase each other until Buford is so tired he sleeps right through the night. I love those nights.

My Happy Days are Full of Poop.

Reality for me is knowing that each day with Buford could be his last. He will go two days with runny feces and I get ready to take him in for a scan to see if the tumors have grown into partial or total blockage, then on day three he will surprise me and crap a good sized sausage out and that tells me he can still defaecate as normal and that the blockage has not interfered.  So on those big piles of poop days, I’m happiest.

Record Breaking.

If Buford is an example of how long your dog can live without chemo, he’s it.  If you figure he initially had cancer over two and a half years ago, had it removed and it grew back causing CANCER IN THE LYMPH NODES last Sept or Oct, not detected until December….he’s still alive eight months later after re-diagnoses.   That’s most likely ten months since the cancer was active.

Most dogs who go thru chemo or tumor removal or lymph surgery either have the cancer spread to the next healthy node or quite honestly the cancer attacks even harder. Some dogs simply pass from the chemo ruining their immune system within four to six months.

In my opinion, he’s kicking cancer’s ass and cancer is not kicking his. At 13 he’s already over his life span and when the dog eats filets and steak every few nights and I eat McDonald’s because I’m spending all my grocery money on his dinners, I would think he’s in heaven on Earth in dog terms and for that I’m happy.

 

 

 

 

Buford’s Stress Infection: Stress and Cancer

3 Aug

Imagine how upset I am to know I almost killed my dog due to stress.  I worked twelve days straight, long hours, and was gone from the house more than usual. My sleep was cut from 8 hours to 4 or five a night.  Buford is used to having me home more than that.    I switched up his food schedule, and had a pet sitter check on him, sometimes feeding him a little until I got home to feed him the rest.  He was agitated when I’d get home, and although his hunger was normal, he was panting heavily and not acting himself. On my last day of the project (day 12, ) I got a call at the place I was working that he wasn’t eating, and that he threw up. By that night, they told me to get home, they feared the worst.  Just so happens  I  was stuck at work, couldn’t get out due to car pooling, and got home at two in the morning. He wouldn’t look at me, he was laying half out of it and lethargic. The neighbors had been checking on him.   I tried to get him to eat his kale and chicken. He did not want it.  He turned his head away.

I wanted to test his appetite. I grabbed a chocolate donut from the kitchen. I held it in front of his nose to see if he was still coherent. He gently looked up at me, then his head hit the floor, never even noticing the smell of the donut.  Something was seriously wrong. All I could think was this was it.  I calmed myself down and told myself, “GET A GRIP, YOU KNOW THIS DAY WAS COMING!”

I told Buford it was time to go to the Pet ER and told him I think this was it.  I started to cry and hold him, really believing this was the day they talked about. They told me when he went down, he’d go down really quick, so this seemed to be it.

Ironically as if he understood English, he jumped up on the couch, and snuggled up with me, as if to say, he didn’t want to go to the ER. I figured this was it, and he wanted to die at home.  I was hoping he’d die in my arms that night and make it easy on both of us.  It was some time since he laid in my lap, and he did that with his dead weight on me.  It was hard sleeping on the couch with a 60 lb dog on your lap, but I did it.

He Snored all night but he didn’t Die. 

The next day he seemed in a better mood, so I tried to get him to eat something, anything. I opened a can of tuna fish and he took a few bites. Progress.  I took him to our property in Pennsylvania, and he ran around like a puppy.  I then had to give him some burgers, even though I am against giving him ground beef, I had to do something to get him to eat.  They were fresh cooked angus burgers.  He ate them all.  He was drinking a lot, but his bowels were not solid, they were very runny.  In fact, he had an accident in my car which has never, ever happened before.

Bacterial Infection from Stress Spore ?

Basically after taking him to the vet and doing some tests, we found out that he has a spore overgrowth in his intestines and colon, that is omitted naturally due to levels of stress. However, his twelve days without me had somehow triggered high levels of stress had made too many of these bacteria spores which had overrun the system, causing his belly to hurt and basically him to have diarrhea. Here is some information on it.

So he would not eat, because he was equating his illness with his chicken dinner, so is why he was turning his nose up at it.  Some dogs would get an antibiotic shot to knock this out, but because Buford’s system is compromised due to the cancer, I had to start him on antibiotic pills and slowly build his system back up.

Whole Foods Market

I went to Whole Foods Market in Mt. Washington , MD and bought him some grass fed steaks to the tune of $7 each which weren’t bad at all.  I made him a spanking dinner when in fact I ate a sandwich from cheap lunchmeat so that he could eat like a King!  He had grass fed beef cubs, flax seed, and for the first night mixed in a tiny bit of whole grain oatmeal. I struggled with this decision because the grains in the oatmeal may indeed  help the cancer grow, but his tummy was hurting and I wanted something to bind him up and activate his antibiotics quicker.

Within three days he was back to normal eating and I am slowing working the chicken back in.

I have also incorporated fresh organic parsley all pureed up to help him, as this contains vitamin C to boost his immune system.

Stress and the Cancer Dog

I think it’s safe to say Stress is a major issue with cancer dogs. A simple routine change and the dog can go into a huge tailspin.  This is something that you must factor in when you are committing yourself to your dog’s cancer treatment. Life as you know it must change. Your routine must include your dog.

Nursing Him Back to Health

He also dropped 7 lbs due to the bacterial infection, which is not good.  I am working hard to get him rebuilt again.  I am concerned while his resistance is down, the cancer can attack again. He is happy, calmer, and eating large portions again.

More soon.

Read more about this infection here.

My Cancer Dog is Winning

31 May

What is Winning When You Are Dealing with Cancer aka The Death Sentence?

I’m still waiting on the results of another scan for Buford.  . This will tell me how quickly the individual nodes are growing and at what rate (and if there is more spread). I will compare the growth timeline from the last results; and then I will know how much time I maybe have before I must put him down. I don’t want him in any discomfort.

Of course I hope for mediocre to good news. If there is little or no growth than his modgepodge of pills and herbal remedies may be doing their job.  That would indicate some form of slowing the spread down and buying us more quality time together.

Realistically, I am prepared for the worst. We are dealing with cancer here. It has taken everyone I love (My mom, my grandmom, my grandfather, and now my dog.) As Buford is my faithful friend, I am truly heartbroken. I try not to let him know that, but sometimes when he sleeps I cry. I wish I didn’t know sometimes how sick he was on the inside.

He is Winning

In the meantime, he’s winning.  He runs laps on 3.5 acres galloping and playing with his friends.  He is still hungry and eats a great diet.  He loves to go for walks.  He weighs exactly the same.

He’s fighting for his life.

Thank you my furry friend. You are so very brave.

 

Diet for Dogs with Cancer Kale Superfood Flavanoids

9 May

Diet for Cancer Dogs

The Diet for Cancer Dogs

The biggest challenge for me as a pet owner was to fine tune dinners for Buford.  My husband cooks professionally for a living and dinner in our household was always something we shared together. Now we are more worried about cooking for the dog , so I now have it down to a science.  I can make his dinner in about ten minutes if I cook the chicken every few days.

Goodbye Grains and Carbs

I took three cancer diet suggestions and tailored them to Buford’s preferences. All dogs may be different, but the key here is to keep the dog eating and keep him interested in eating.  I cut out all grains, and all unnecessary carbs. He gets no rice and no oatmeal.  He was a dog who was raised on grains so this has been a huge challenge.  He will still attack me wishing for a pizza crust. Sorry pal, not going to happen. I’m not feeding the cancer with grains.

Replace the Carbs with Natural Fats to Fatten Them Back Up

At first I had to cook up some pork back fat and cube it into small cubes.  My dog initially dropped weight and looked like he was wasting away to nothing. Changing to a diet with no grains or carbs is hard on them. So for Buford I could give him a few ounces of pork back fat mixed into his food. Normally this is something that a normal healthy dog may not digest properly, but in Buford’s case his body was waxing and waning for carbs.

Natural carbs were soon to follow in my chicken concoction. I am proud to say I feed him enough chicken natural fats now he isn’t wasting away and is holding weight well.

Move From Once a Day Feeding to Twice a Day or More

Buford used to eat a big meal every night. He was not faring well eating once a day. Dr. Carol advised me to try twice a day. I give him an overwhelming portion at night, sometimes, so much I know he will have some left to refrigerate for morning. I will feed him first thing, sometimes even wake him up to feed him before I go to work.  Twice a day is very important. By the time I get home he is starving.

Chicken Concoction : Jellified is Good Four out of Five Days

Every few days I boil down some chicken. I do about three days at a time. The goal is to have enough chicken, jellified stock, and natural chicken fat to feed your dog dinner for three days. To do this you need a pretty large family pack of thighs, or legs.  I prefer legs and thighs for this mixture. Also the bones are minimal and they are easy to pick.  I literally boil the crap out of it until the chicken is falling off the bone and most of the water in the pot has evaporated. Now I suppose the right way would be to use distilled water but I still use tap water (hey, I’m boiling the crap out of it okay and I can’t be perfect on everything!)  I will sometimes remove the chicken and continue boiling down the stock, picking the chicken them returning the bones to the boiling water. I swear there’s good protein in those bones and I’m like the lady with rock soup, determined to squeeze everything out of those bones for my cancer dog. When I say boil it dwn,  I mean you must boil this stock down to nill. If it was 3/4 full you are shooting for 1/4 full.  Once you have done this remove bones or chicken parts and let it cool in a glass bowl. It will overnight coagulate. It becomes a big jellified mess of chicken stock. If you don’t see it looking like jello, you haven’t boiled it enough.The top will form a nice layer of fat that your dog needs to replace the lack of carbs he gets because he doesn’t eat grains. The jellified concoction is what I puree in with his kale.  Pick your chicken and put that in a bowl, pouring a bit of chicken stock in there to keep it moist. Include cartridge from the tip of the legs and all the skins.  I get a large casserole full of chicken after doing a family pack. Unfortunately, Buford being 60 lbs will only last him three days from a family pack. It does get costly but he’s worth it. I refrigerate it and use this for approximately three days.

If you really want to go the extra mile and save time have a dog cooking dinner night. You can cook several family packs and repeat this process, wrapping portions in saran and bagging them in your freezer. Save the stock in small containers. Therefore, you can cook up a few weeks’ worth. You can pull out a small prepped up pack each day and small container of stock to thaw in a bowl in the fridge for the next night’s dinner. I’m not this far ahead.

My dog prefers chicken over red meats and so he will eat this four out of five days.  I will give him once a week red meat, like a pan grilled steak and cut it up medium with a hint of rare with the fat attached to the steak. I will cube it and add that to the pureed veggies. The fattier the steak the better.   As you aren’t supposed to use ground meats of any kind the other alternatives if liver. I hate making him this because it stinks to high heaven and the whole kitchen reeks afterwards.

I do not give him pork, for one my dog vomits on pork meat and his skin breaks out. He’s technically allergic to pork but what is amazing is he can eat bacon and pork back fat with no issues. So I’m not sure what it is.  No fish for dinner but if he’s dying for a snack I may let him nibble on some of my tuna fish. I always have tuna made up with mayo and dill.  This is probably a big no no with the mercury scare and such, but the way I see it it’s protein and beats giving him a milk bone.  That little bit of mayo is adding fat and well, it sure beats a hot dog.

Overall I’ve tried very hard to adapt his diet and I’m in shock he has had less trouble than me!

Kale : Four Days out of Seven But All Greens Must Be Pureed

Whatever veggies you are using must be processed to break down the cells for easier absorption in your pet.

Now if you ask me Kale is an important superfood. Here is a great article on Kale, and it aids in Cancer because it has a phytochemical called sulforaphane which  helps the body’s detoxification enzymes clear potentially carcinogenic substances out of your system.  It’s said to have 45 different Flavinoids which not only boost the immune system and help in detoxification but it’s simply amazing.  I don’t cook the kale. I pick the leaves off maybe two to three stems (he thinks the stems are bitter and will turn his nose up at this if you include the stems I learned this rather quickly) and after I’ve mixed the leaves with some jellified chicken stock I puree them. I mix them into my chicken concoction.

Buford gets kale at least four days out of seven.

The Rest of the Days: Veggie Mix

Two days I will rinse and do the same with collard greens. I used to boil them first to soften them, he doesn’t mind if they are raw or not, but he doesn’t like the stems.

The last day is broccoli. This is a cousin of kale but Buford is picky about it. It bothers him as it will give him gas. He will not eat it raw.  I have to steam it first, then puree it or he will not eat it. It then is pureed with the jellified chicken.  He really hates it but he will eat it and I do this to change up his dinner. I pay the price later that night when he’s farting.

Sometimes, I sneak in green peppers, but he is not fond of them. Red peppers upset his tummy but I am a huge fan of them.  I try to add in a sliver here and there and purify it to heck. Only once every few weeks will I mix in a carrot and I do this with skins on pureed but I have mixed feelings about this. t. I am a huge fan of raw carrots

Here’s A Sample of Buford’s diet:

Morning: Small bit of leftover from the night before (if any.) If not, small portion of boiled chicken.  Prep Time: Zilch

Night Jellifiedd Stock Pureed in With Kale, and Chicken Skins/Cartlidge/Boiled Chicken mix – large potion with meds dumped on top Prep Time: 10 Min

note: I make sure to check that he’s swallowed all pills. If not I will make a chicken meatball with a medicine stuffed inside til all the meds are gone.

save leftovers for morning…repeat…

Fuck Cancer

Buford’s Health Today: Absolutely Amazing. He’s been running, playing and doing well crapping lately. His quality of life is great, and it makes me very happy . I’ve added Carnivora but I’ll write more on that later.

Lymphoma in Basset Hounds

24 Apr

The first PH treatment cycle is done. Buford is doing wonderful and runs and plays with his friends. We took a very long walk in the park the other day and like usual I was tired out before he was. He did three laps around the park and was sometimes running. I seriously can’t believe he has the cancer inside of him; or that I wanted to put him down just two weeks ago, or that he is 13 and running and playing this much. He is obviously supercharged on his diet, additives and appears to be healthy as a horse; though looks can be deceiving.  He is so very brave, he’s kicking cancer’s a*s right now even though cancer is growing fast inside him.

I found a great article about Cancer in the Lymph nodes at the American Cancer Society,  and explains just what it is the lymph system does.  Ironically it mentions that cancer either STARTS THERE aka Lymphoma or spreads there from a previous onset.  Now the old vet I had did think that cancer recurred from his previous anal gland cancer.  I was starting to wonder if since Basset Hounds get Lymphoma quite often( and this seems to be the common killer of this breed, )if it is at all possible if the original cancer was cured, but the Lymphoma started on it’s own.  I guess it doesn’t matter and maybe I’ll never know but if so, I’m even more lucky to have Buford right now, as Lymphoma seems to be quick and agressive and some basset hounds succumb to it in two months. I’m pretty certain he’s five months in now since the “recurrence” now in his lymph nodes or ” the new lymphoma” started and that to me is amazing.

Ironically I also found this article on a company getting a $20 million dollar grant to study the effects of using a drug CD47 or Anti CD47  to shrink cancer tumors. Read about it here. 

My only comment is if any company, or person,  finds a cure will the powers that be actually let them market it and really use it on people, as that I am sure would cut out the need for a lot of drugs, big pharma and the money in the chemo industry. I think I just answered my own question.

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Buford’s Health Today………is great. He spent some time outside with me gardening, and napped in the sun like lazy hounds often do. He’s been hungry and I’ve been feeding him half portions twice a day instead of once per day.  I may do the PH protocol one more time, but we have Carnivora on the way.

If for some reason Buford’s cancer went away, shrank or disappeared, I would never be able to tell you what worked and when, at this point we are trying everything and anything we can get our hands on, and there are so many protocols happening at once that perhaps it would only be luck or the act of God or the alien life forces of the Pyramids or maybe the green guys living on Neptune to save him now. In other words, I have no idea what we are doing anymore as we are doing so much. I only know that Buford’s quality of life is off the charts. He has the energy of a 5 year old puppy and he’s 13.  I think I’m going to start eating his diet. I guess Buford is the test host and since he can’t talk as much as I’d like him to, we may never know just what is working for him, now will we?

 

 

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