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Cancer Dog Supplements How Much They Cost

19 Feb
Buford

Buford is happy since he found Kendall, Birdie’s daughter. We tracked her down and adopted her after we lost Birdie.   She is a spitting image of her mother. Not as red, but as beautiful.

Cost of the Cancer Dog : Hospice Care

I have been getting a lot of emails on how much it’s costing me to keep Buford on the natural pills, so I’m doing a cost breakdown on the natural supplements I use, here on the supplements page.

Now Buford is technically at the equivalent of Hospice care. He has already had his bad prognosis and outlived that…he’s on borrowed time and my goal is to keep him as healthy and happy as possible during his final days.

He doesn’t get shots anymore because of his broken immune system.  NO chemo, no chemo pills, no anything unless he’s sick, then he goes to the vets.  So far it’s been stress spores, and he’s on meds often for that.  I am only applying Frontline topical to keep off ticks/fleas, otherwise no other pills such as heartworm . That really kills me thinking what if he developed them and that was what killed him, not the cancer? But you do what you can to not compromise his immune system.

So for Buford I’m breaking down the cost for him being a 60# dog on the SUPPLEMENT PAGE    Remember he is a 60# dog and that’s his dose. If my dog was 30 lbs it would cost half as much, and if my dog was 15# it would only cost a quarter of that.

The biggest expense is two fold:

a) THE FOOD!  Oh my goodness, the chicken each night he eats, with a few steaks, turkey parts,  or ground beef thrown in here and there throughout the month. A smaller dog would not cost you as much.  Hubby and I have seriously cut the quality of our food to allow for the extra expense for the dog! Geeze!

b) THE TIME & CARE!   It has cost me a lot of time and pet sitter money. Wherein I used to go to work and leave him now I have to leave him with a pet sitter or take him with me.  He gets too nervous too much and just having someone around is key.   Buford has a large yard and doggie door, but leaving him over 8 hours will send him back to the vet with a stress bacterial infection. I’m not going there, so I pay a friend or family member to check on him and sit a few hours with him.

But how expensive is it really, to be buying time with your pet? Having them in your life a little longer, at the highest quality possible, keeping them pain free and healthy, is simply the fact that your time, effort and investment can beat cancer, if only for a short while.

 

 

Buford Cancer Dog Fat

Keeping the dog FAT and HEALTHY during cancer is key!

Bufords Health Today:  He is happy, fat, and lazy. And spoiled. This is his own leather couch now,  taped up and well loved by Buford.  Note how much weight he still has on him for a dog with lymph nodes the size of coconuts. Pretty good huh?  Also look under his arm towards his midsection, there is a fatty tumor that is super large. Of course, we can’t get it removed because he can’t go under anesthesia.  It may seep soon and if so I’ll have to get it drained or better yet, it may burst and then we have it cleaned and that will be the end of that. He had another one just like it, that started getting yucky. I took him to the emergency vet when it started draining, and by the time I got him there it BURST all over the place. It was yucky , I’m talking creamy fat, blood and goo all over the dog and the floor. He didn’t seem to be  in any pain and , and $100 bill later they sent him home with first aid cream.  Crazy.

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.

My Dog’s Alive 10 Months Since the Cancer Returned

11 Sep
Buford Woo

Buford my brave cancer dog. I can’t believe he’s still here with me

I HAD A MONTH OF HELL

I am happy to report Buford is now doing well and still running and playing with his friends. I have been battling for a month getting weight back on him and I have finally succeeded.  I was not sure what was going to happen, and it’s been a lot of one on one time with him.

If you remember, in July when he had the bacterial infection from stress (cancer dogs require constant companionship with their owners, the bond is very important) from me working so much, it knocked some weight off him. As a cancer dog he cannot afford to lose weight due to the diet he is on.  When I went to take his picture several weeks ago (see above) I saw tons of skin and bones.   His back portion was sunk in. Not good. I refused to let the cancer eat him up, or have his body eat his muscle.

 

Normally you can pull on a dog’s back  if he’s a basset hound and get tons of flab. His you can’t. So what do to?  The good news is, he is hungry all the time. He will beg for food all the time.  This is great news, he has not lost his appetite!  Any one who has a basset hound knows, their keen sense of smell is what makes them so wonderful. And two, he trusts his owner I could feed him anything and he’d eat it.  That is the bond we have.   The issue with the cancer dog is simple: you have to feed the dog and starve the cancer. Keeping weight on Buford is hard. Because he gets :

NO RICE

NO GRAIN

NO BREAD

NO CORN

NO STARCH

NOTHING WITH SALT

what a mess.

So I had been forced to rethink my strategy. For awhile  when he was sick he associated the chicken with the sickness, and he was hesitant to eat it. I put him on straight bottom round for two weeks, and could not get weight back on him. Probably because bottom round is not that fatty, it’s a lean cut of meat and not a lot of protein. I then had to mix the chicken back in slowly,

 

Here is two weeks into my recovery mode, looking better but still too thin:

Buford Woo

Weight loss is a bad sign, you have to nip it in the butt immediately

 

Chicken Fat for the Cancer Dog

Natural animal fats are very important to the cancer dog

Now I have been feeding him twice a day, as much as he will eat, a mix of kale and chicken and fats.   I will mix in the occasional carrot or sweet pepper,  I have been forced to go with PORK BACK FAT and GROUND BEEF to aid in helping him.  Normally I would not use the latter due to the processing. But basically Ground beef is high in fats, what choice do I have at this point? Let him starve, or fatten him up?

PORK BACK FAT  this is highly indigestible to some dogs but to Buford it is a high fat content for his diet. I have to cut the pieces up small, but I really get upset when all I can find is highly salted pork back fat in commercial packages. I am so against the salt because I am trying to keep his system high acidic and now salty, so I have to struggle with giving him this. I need to find a butcher who has pork back fat without the salt, and that’s hard to find.

COOKING YOUR PORK BACK FAT: All I do is sizzle it in a fry pan on both sides (after I soak and wash the salt off) and then cut into centimeter sized cubes (this is the hard part, have you tried to get a knife thru solid fat, it’s horrific) .  Then I bag and freeze into small sandwich baggies. I use a little here and there and it will last a very long time in the freeze.

 

DAY AND NIGHT FEEDING : THANK GOD CHICKEN THIGHS ARE ON SALE FOR .99 PER POUND.

I feed him tons at night with his meds. This is a large bowl and I’d say about 1.5 lbs of food. I stock up when the chicken thighs are on sale at Giant.  Whatever he doesn’t eat will be kept for the morning breakfast.  This is easy to do, make one big meal and use the leftovers for morning food. Here below you can’t tell but I have chicken, chicken bones, pork back fat cubes, his pills, and ground beef mixed into one quarter of a raw carrot and a bunch of fresh uncooked organic kale (mixed with chicken juice for flavor.) The whole idea is to flavor the veggies like meat or chicken to get the dog to eat them. At first he loved them but over time he got sick of them. Mixing the fat or a little concentrated jellied juice (that you save from the chicken)  in and puree’ing them will trick his nose.

Chicken Dog Dinner

F=== you cancer! I’m gonna fight as long as I can!

After a few weeks of using the pork fat cubes, ground beef, lots of chicken fats and letting him eat until his heart is content and we have finally reached our goal. The weight is back on:

Plumped Up Cancer Dog

BUFORD IS GREAT BUT I’M WORN OUT

I am also suffering from a grade 3 ankle sprain with ligament damage. I’m supposed to be taking it easy but two months in and I can’t stay off my foot. How can you when life requires you to walk from point a to point b?

With patience and persistence you can help your loved pet fight cancer. It takes a lot of time out of LIFE in general, but it’s proven to work with Buford.  I have done what I set out to do. My husband and I basically remark on a daily basis that we could not believe how Buford is still here and doing so well.  My husband even said, “I thought you were crazy, doing all that research and buying all those pills.”

He watches me feed Buford his now 17-odd pills a night .

Life does revolve around the dog, but we like it that way.

PROGNOSIS:  Buford’s cancer return was told to me in December 2012. I believe it could have returned since September 2012 as he was having urination issues.  If so, this is one year living and beating cancer.  It has been several years since his initial operation.  If , when I found out the cancer had returned in December 2012 I would have made the decision to operate or give him chemo, he would have passed away soon after that and suffered a great deal.

Fuck You Cancer

In my eyes, he’s a cancer survivor and the bravest dog I know. As long as he’s willing to fight, I owe him a little lifestyle change so he doesn’t feel like he’s fighting all alone. He has a team of us, family and friends who all realize just what a miracle he is.

Truly I didn’t think my dog would be here today.

I wish people could read this blog before their dogs get cancer, to know what to do if they ever want to battle cancer. Sadly most people find this blog after their dog is so far gone or have taken chemo or big operations that this therapy doesn’t help them.  Also, I realize there’s no cure for cancer. But you sure can slow the sucker down a little and spend quality time with your loved pet in the meantime.  Every day is a blessing to me.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

Buford Running and Playing

18 Apr

It’s been over four months since the cancer returned and Buford looks and acts physically well.  He’s running, playing, and barking like a champ.  He is still crapping just fine.

I have followed the baking soda molasses protocol to a tee and to be safe I’m still doing it more than I should be since there are no tests on dogs–just humans.

I am sleeping on the couch now with Buford to monitor him.  When Buford ingests the dose, and he is getting used to the taste, which now he welcomes instead of spits out. Not sure why, or if he associates this with making him feel better?

Soon thereafter he will nap. Probably a rush of molasses sugar. I noticed several hours later changes happen.  I think it’s working it’s way though the system and creating spikes or sorts in his body. His tummy rumbles, and then he has night sweats just like they said you would with high PH.  He goes outside several times but not to poop or urinate, just to go cool off. He wakes me up when he comes in from outside  every time. What is he telling me? I know he is feeling different.  I wonder what it’s doing or is it working.

Now in all honesty I am unsure if this is the cancer affecting him or the ph working–or both!

However, yesterday I saw something very odd in his stool. It was altogether a lighter color (they said yellowish stool is good) and there were tiny bits of something in it. I have no idea what. Almost like powder, and if I had to guess and describe it I’d say it looks like parts of the inside of the tumeric pills or like bits of baking soda that have coagulated and turned yellow.  Whatever it is it’s yellow and I’ve looked all over the net to find out what it could be. The only thing similar is calcium stones but  they are way bigger, these are very teeny and small.  I used a stick to pick up one and look at it, it’s a hardened powder type formation but all very small, and upon smashing with a stick disintegrates into a powder form.

I have no idea what’s going on.   As long as Buford keeps running, playing, and having fun with his friends I am not going to mind what comes out of his butt as long as something is coming out!

I will take him in for another scan in May if he’s still acting this way.

 

 

 

Cancer in Basset Hounds 3 Steps Forward 1 Step Back

8 Apr

buford woo with cancer

Dealing with Basset Hound Cancer – Over 4 Months Since the Cancer Returned.  Two Years Since the Initial Surgery.

I write today’s post with heavy heart. I have a basset hound who is almost 13. He’s running around galloping with his little friends and running laps around a 3.5 acre farm field. He’s eating, snuggling, and going to the bathroom like he always does–never has accidents and is just as good as gold.  Last post I told you that he appeared to be straining when he would defacate, but this was only sometimes. Quite honestly, sometimes he’s go just fine in big piles. Other times more like a squiggle.  I thought I had better get him checked out, something told me just to be sure.

Let me first back up as, a lot has happened since my last post.

Supplement Mayhem

I had added some natural supplements to his diet. I stressed over whether I should give them to him or not, but after doing some research on some supplements that are made to aid people with cancer, I picked apart some of the compounds and opted to get a lot of drugs in from Swanson. Their drugs are cheap, but my concern was that some are mixed with rice flour, some may contain magnesium sterate , gelatin or other compounds I’d rather not have. If you tried to obtain all of this naturally you would be paying $100 for a 10 day supply, give or take. Truth is you can stress all you want should you, shouldn’t you, but since something I felt was better than nothing,  the supplements I added were  $100 and would last him three months.

Quercetin 500 mg  & Bromelain 156mg

Tumeric 720 mg

Apigenin (Bioflavadiod) 50mg

Resveratrol 100mg

L-Selenomethionine (Selenium) 100mg

DIM Complex 100mg

Chrysin (Passion Flower Extract) 5.7 – 500 mg

Immediate results were profound. This combined with everything else he has gave him pure immunity burst and energy burst.  His coat remained shiny and he smells like vegetables, he runs and plays and my husband and I thought, wow, this must be helping in some way.   Now I want to add when I first read about what some people were doing for their dogs I thought it crazy to be giving them 30 different pills. Now I feel like I’m that person. I suppose you can mix a bit of science with herbal knowledge and kid yourself that these things may produce a miracle cure.  Who knows, maybe the right combination it would. Or, you can simply grab at desperation to do something, anything, as crazy as it sounds to save your dog.

Personal Chefs to the Dog

I told myself I will try everything for my dog. I owe him that. My husband has joined the bandwagon and loves cooking up steaks or chicken every few nights for Buford. We make sure to do it just right, and bag it in portions so our freezer and fridge looks like no one eats in the house except him.  When you boil the chicken, the stock is priceless, we boil it and the bones down down into a thick substance, and this can be used in your processor to help flavor the kale or collard greens.

Buford is especially fond of fresh uncooked kale , fresh uncooked collard greens would be second,  but not broccoli. That has to be lightly steamed and blended and often it gives him gas so he doesn’t particular like it, though I’ll sneak it in every few nights. I steer clear of lots of carrots as these are sugary carbs but because I’ve read what wonders they have inside I will sometimes grind a half one up into oblivion for him.

I have cut him off all carbs. No rice, no oats, nothing. The only fats he gets are the natural fats on steak, chicken, chicken skin, fat from stock and pork back fat which is fried up for him and I add in the fish oil or olive oils.

We also play the pill game every night. This is where I give him the pills, and he spits them out, in hopes for another piece of chicken. If I get really mad and hold up the pill, he will swallow it in one gulp–bare pill,  just like that. He and I have a great communication system. Hell, I’ve been talking to him in human language for 13 years.  I have had other dogs in my life, and all I’ve loved but not like this. Just like people each dog’s personality is different. Sometimes you can really hit it off.

Vampire Therapy

My previous vet of 26 years finally called, and after some tough negotiation with the biopuncture  et on my own accord it comes full circle that I had to take Buford back into his practice for another treatment with her. Sadly over a month had passed so I was not sure if it would do him good but I believe in her work and I don’t understand why ever single biopuncture person I called across the United States doesn’t believe in PRP or blood injections. Let me further explain this. If you’ve seen this perhaps on Dr. Oz? People are getting this done all the time, women are paying big money for facelifts and Kim Kardashian has gotten her butt blood injected into her face.  It is supposed to map print your body into re-jump starting the immune system and making your skin look younger in humans. So in dogs, we can only hope it will jump start their resistance and immune system. Does it work? Well, Buford seems to love it.

The thing with this was I had to weigh if the stress of taking him there again if this was worth the treatment itself, but I wanted to say I’d tried everything possible with my dog.  As you can recall I was having a fit because she wouldn’t do a house call (even though her website said so) due to an agreement with my regular vet; who denied such agreement existed, and told me she could do whatever to help Buford.  By that point she didn’t want to do anything to help Buford because I threatened to write about my experience and basically reamed her out. ( What else can I do as a customer who is getting the runaround and while vets are playing the blame game the dog is the only one missing out.) These days it seems reviews are the only recourse you have. Seems it was a huge miscommunication but it boils down to if my regular vet of 26 years would have returned my call none of this miscommunication would have ever existed and her and I would not have bad kharma or any words. Truth is, she’s a very bubbly person and I really liked her upon first impression. I would probably finance her work in her field if she opened her own practice because I believe what she’s doing for dogs is way better than conventional medicine.   I see her office as having one of those fountains so that the water trickles and calms your dog when you take them there. I should add that truth be told she did finally offer to come to my house but explained to me that doing house calls on a dog this size, trying to draw his blood by herself for use of treatment would be an issue should he get upset. That would make him not like her or trust her, and well, I wouldn’t be much help (because the whole blood drawing thing makes me pass out. )  So I debated and  took him in and she took him back and voila another blood biopuncture round of shots.  He was doing well initially but later in the day slept like a baby.

Proof Positive : Did all this Holistic Therapy Work?

Ironically the next day is when I had my scans set up with my new vet that I switched to. I had been petting him and found a mass in his chest.  I was thinking the cancer had spread there and wanted to get him sonagrammed.  I also notice that sometimes, not always, he strains to poop.

What was I expecting? Consider that my old vet thought this would be slow growing, and I was worried it was some form of Lymphoma that is common and quick spreading.  I thought the scans at the new vet would not indicate that he’d be cancer free, but that somehow by doing everything I’ve been doing with special diet and holistic herbs and proteins, big superfoods would have either stunted the growth in the node, or gotten only slightly bigger.

I am heartbroken.

Buford’s cancer in his node did not only grow from 3.75cm to “coconut” size but it has spread into his other back node which is also “coconut” size.  There is what appears to be visible damage to his spleen, kidneys and liver, due to the cancer  or the fact he’s old age, or both. This of course means it only a matter of time  (a month or less, maybe weeks, maybe days) before the nodes should grow so large, that he would be backed up and not defaecate at all. That won’t happen because we will put him down before this happens.

How do I put down a dog who runs, jumps, plays and pulls me up the road for a walk? 

The truth is I wrote this blog to show you that my dog has lived four months with cancer in his lymph nodes, just as happy and playful as ever, in the best health and shape of his life, feeling no pain, eating good and taking nutrients from superfoods, vitamins, natural supplements and holistic treatments and I’d never do things differently.  I feel as though God has a part in all of this, and if death is a reward then Buford deserves his angel wings. He’s gotten me through times of my life that I thought I’d surely lose it – a divorce,  a layoff, the death of my mother, he’s been there for me. Now I’ve been there for him. He’s  proven to me that it’s the quality over life not the quantity of life that surely matters. Life each day as if it is your last.

We have made the decision if he doesn’t show signs of going down, to put him down by the end of this month.  We would rather do that than see him suffer. Each day we do special things and spend special time together. 

Although it doesn’t feel right to take his life away,  we feel quality of life is best.

As for me, I’ll probably have a nervous breakdown. Cancer has taken my grandfather, my grandmother, my mother, and now my dog. I never knew basset hounds were prone to cancer. How ironic that I’m even working on a cancer themed barbecue and music festival to raise awareness and money for CancerCare.org.

I hate you cancer. I hope someday big pharma stops aiding your cause and the little guy finds a cure.

Hey, maybe I should have tried this:  http://phkillscancer.com

Mushroom Caps for Dogs With Cancer Imyunity Magic Mushrooms

7 Mar
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magic mushroom from graphicsfairy

Now, all kinds of mushrooms have been used in Asian therapy for centuries and their claims in that civilization is to have healing properties on humans. Modern Medical science here in the states has done studies and found “certain types are helpful to those with cancer”.

Particularly known to help cancer is one mushroom called Coriolus Versicolor, or the Asians call it Yunzhi. It is also sometimes referred to as the Turkey Tail mushroom however I caution against the Turkey Tail mushroom capsules if they do not specifically name the Coriolus Versicolor mushroom on the label Extracting the Polysaccharide Peptide also called PSP compounds of if has proven beneficial and recognized as a supplement to give to cancer patients.

So even though you thought mushrooms were poisonous to dogs, one company has proved to extend the life of dogs.  I had called the folks over at I’Munity to see about their mushroom caps for Buford.   They gave a grant to Penn State to do some research on the caps, and it turns out they had very good results, in fact most of the dogs lived twice as long as anticipated with the cancer.  The main wonder ingredient is Polysaccharide Peptide (PSP)  something found in mushrooms and supposed to be very beneficial in fighting cancer cells.  However, I’Munity’s proprietary blend has been given credit for being one of the best! Buford is about 63 lbs and so they said he would require 7 caps a day. A 60 day cap supply is $95.  This means every 9 days would be $95. Even getting a larger package makes the drug less expensive  for him but still very expensive if you are taking this route.

Let’s also remember they are suggesting 400 mg x 7 caps = 2800 mg of PSP so it is a lot of magic mushrooms going into my dog in order to make a a difference.

So what proof  is there on this magic mushroom ?

Wikipedia claims that PSP is a anti tumor drug.

This website shows the medical studies and results and how effective PSP was on different types of cancer. Read how PSP fought cancer cells.

Here is great information from Cancer.org.

Finding the right type of magic mushrooms: 

Most caps are low dose or contain low amounts, or percentages of PSP meaning you will need several caps a day to really make much difference. Most inexpensive brands claim they are between 100 and 300 mg capsules,  25% and 30%, but it’s the fillers that you must worry about.  I haven’t really looked at the inert ingredients but gere is a 500 mg supplier in Canada,.

Some Things You Should Know

Do your research before opting for the least expensive. You may be doing more harm than good. For instance,  this supplier, has caps which are very inexpensive, but  they also contain Magnesium Stearate which has had it’s own debate whether excess amounts of this actually cause cancer though there have been much debate on the issue but obviously California thinks so.

Also do your studying. This is an example of  the Turkey Tail Mushroom caps , as you can see a lot of filler, magnesium sterates and silica….which worries me, and doesn’t speficially say Colorius mushroom. So I would not personally buy this brand without more clarification.  If I was okay with the extra additives I may opt for this one which says Turkey Tail and has Colorius, so I would pick that out of the two choices—just be careful to get the right kind!

Then if you want the all over body booster, you can get the powders mixed in with all kinds of  ingredients like  this stuff great protein powders and gosh knows what as a dietary supplement. Of course who knows about giving all these things to a dog. He may look like Arnie Schwarzenegger  in no time and of course what worries me is the Carbs and obvious glucose…. I am supposed to keep Buford off some carbs because how they break down into glucose or sugar, which in turn feeds the cancer.

So what did I opt for ?

I went with Mushroom Science Mushroom Science, Coriolus PSP, 400 mg, 90 Vegetarian Capsules.   I got them on sale with free shipping at Super Supplements, and at their sale price it came to about  .26 a serving and even with 7 pills a day, that’s only $1.82 per day.   I also want to tell you that many things are available on Amazon and you can get free super saver shipping if you buy over a certain amount.

My search for magic mushrooms are over.

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Buford’s Health Today is good. He has visibly lost weight on this new diet and last night became very picky with his vegetables. I mixed broccoli, one carrot, kale and collard greens together and he left it.  I am going to try to make a small batch of each separately and see which one it is he does not care for. That will add a bit of prep time onto dinner but he’s worth it.

Instant Results With Whole Foods Diet

26 Feb basset hound cancer
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Buford Woo : Looking Shiny Lately

I’ve noticed some instant results with this whole foods diet. I can’t call it raw foods or completely raw because I still can’t bring myself to pull raw (or even semi raw) chicken off the bone.

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He is sleeping well though the night.

First of all, he’s been sleeping through the night. This has not happened in a long time. About eight months ago, he used to get up twice in the night to drink alot of water and pee. So much so, I thought his liver or bladder had issues or even diabetes. I had him tested for everything including Cushings, but the regular vet found nothing wrong in his blood or body, so we attributed it to old age and the fact that his bladder just was getting older.  So with that said, on average, he would get up twice through the night with increased thirst and to pee prior to changing hid diet. Now that is not happening.  Now he will pee once late, about 11 pm, then sleep until 7 or 8 am.  And he’s not drinking like crazy, so technically that’s number two.

Three, his fur is so soft and shiny it isn’t funny. It has to be the proteins and vegetables, but his coat feels like a puppy again.

meat beef oats raw foods

A glimpse at the beef entree notice the green pepper up top didn’t process and he left it anyways.

Lately I’ve been alternating with:

Rare steak, oats, fresh collard green, green peppers, celery  *If the peppers don’t process he will leave them. He will smell like celery for two days.

Chicken, fresh pureed kale, rice, broccoli  *He prefers the broccoli steamed them pureed oddly enough but the kale fresh and not steamed.

Collard Greens

collard greens processed, you have to only add a few spoons of chicken broth or they get too runny

Now the funny thing about this is I am trying to keep the veggies raw and not cooked or steamed.   The meat is medium.  The fibers are coked. Oddly, he will eat the meat and veggies and often leave the oats or brown rice which is strange.

Currently he’s getting

1000 mg Vitamin C

1400 mg Coral Calcium  Update, I nixed this see why here. 

1000 mg Fish Oil

1 Probiotic Pill Each Day

15-20 Dr. Reckeweg’s R17 Drops sprinkled in

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DO NOT DO THIS – If you put the meds in the food and he doesn’t eat it all then what? Save them for a treat after dinner.

The thing I learned is you can’t just dump this on the food. What if he doesn’t eat the food? Then you have no way of knowing what he’s ingested and not. So, I let him eat his food FIRST then mix him up a small side saucer of chicken broth and some pulled chicken. Sprinkled all those pills in there one big anabolic mess if you will and watching him suck it down in one lap always makes me smile.  We have liftoff!

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Next, I will have to figure a way to afford the Mushroom caps….

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Buford’s overall health today,  he seems to overall be feeling better , his stomach is getting used to eating so many veggies.  He’s supercharged with proteins and still wanting to go for walks. He pulled me up the street yesterday, I could not keep up with him.  He is overall determined to win the fight.  Something to be said for willpower.

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