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Aloha Dr. Brown!
I have a beautiful “6” year old Mini Schnauzer, “U`ilani”, that was diagnosed with Chemodectoma. I have been to my Vet here in Vegas who did x-rays as well as an ultrasound. I also went do another Vet recommended to me by my groomer for a second opinion and she also came up with the same diagnose.
They found that she has a tumor that is pushing against her esophagus/trachea causing her to breath faster, she coughs and when she drinks water or eats hard food she dry heaves and at times vomits a bit. I have changed her to soft can food which of course she likes and has been eating thankfully.
My question to you is this; is there anything I can do to help her myself, I mean is there something I can give her to help shrink the tumor? Both doctors suggested I take her to an Oncologist for surgery and or chemo therapy. They did say that they don’t know if she would even survive the surgery or if they would even be able to get it all.
I have a close friend that I work with and her dog had cancer and she went through the chemo and tried everything so I know what it cost her. To be honest as much as I want to do everything medically necessary that she needs, I would not be able to afford it. My good friend has a husband that is a VP of a company and could. Please understand all that I am asking is if you know of anyway I could do something myself, something that I could afford as far as a medication. When she coughs or dry heaves it seems like she has a lot of mucus that she’s trying to cough out. Like when you have a chest cold and you have a lot of mucus in your chest or throat you can get a decongestant to clear it up. Is there something like this for animals? Or am I thinking way out of the box, it just seems if she could get rid of the mucus it would help?
Please understand all I’m asking for is your knowledge in how I can help my best friend out. These past few years have been the hardest for me and it may sound crazy, but my dog, my friend U`ilani (Beauty from Heaven) helped me through it and is still.
I thank you for your time and consideration, when I saw you on TV today I had to take a chance and email you!
MY DOG WALKS IN CIRCLES AND DOESN’T STOP. SHE WALKS LIKE A TOY SOLIGER,STIFF LEGGED. THREE DIFFERNT VETS SAID SHE HAS A BRAIN TUMOR.WE GAVE THE DOG AMMOXICILLAN AND SHE WAS DOING BETTER THEN WE STOPED THE TREATMENT,AND SHE STARTED ACTING FUNNY AGAIN.SHE HAD HER TEETH CLEANED THEN THIS ALL STARTED SHE NEVER ACTED LIKE THIS BEFORE THE CLEANING. INSTEED OF LETTING HER SUFFER I HAD HER PUT TO SLEEP,WAS THIS THE RIGHT DESISION SHE WAS AN 11 YEAR OLD BOSTON TERRIER
WE have a 2.5 year old toy poodle diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, he has had scans etc and it there but currently surrounded by a lot of fluid which has given him the symptoms that led us to investigation. So we have him home and he is feeling good thanks to steriods, I want to be sure to give him the best chance via diet and wondered what your experiences have been, I have just seen the Hills ND diet which seems a good thing to use along side freshly cooked foods. Of concern is that animal fats have arachidonic acid which is pro-inflammatory. I would be grateful of any shared experiences. With thanks, heartbroken..
hello my beagle mollie has been sick with loose stools vomiting and lithargicness and shakiness. she won’t get up. she is almost 10 months old. I have had her over a month and about 85% of that time she has been sick. we tested her for parvo and she was negative. she is going to the bathroom way too much. she got worse after her spay 2 weeks ago. she is on a yellow liquid medication and so far she has been staying the same. would appreciate any feedback thanks
In relation to my 13 year old Burmese Cat Bronson… 9 treatments of Chemotherapy has ended his life. He had the first three which proved to be favourable, then when he was due for his fourth he had a very low white blood count so I had to wait a week before he could have his fourth Chemo. So we did this, then had a week off to start again the 2nd course of four treatments. The oncologist spoke to me before starting telling me that his kidneys had enlarged again and that it was not a good sign. Advising me that many people pull out at this stage, because of the expense. He told me there was a new drug on the market that proved to be quite positive in it’s outcome, but it cost a few hundred dollars. Of course I agreed. His kidneys reduced in size, but the effect of this drug was devastating to watch as my boy struggled, continuing to vomit and deteriorate in body size. He picked up about 3-4 days later. Continuing with his 2nd treatment, then 3rd with great results but still losing body weight. Just 3 days after his 3rd chemo I felt his kidneys and noticed they were enlarged again… So taking him back to the vet for a possible early chemo was met with the same news that his white blood count was too low and that they could put him on a drip with fluids to build up his count so that he could have his fourth chemo in the following two days, but were not sure if he would benefit from this and having him spend days in hospital. I was told Euthanasia was my 2nd option. That was Wed. That night my regular vet gave him a steroid shot so that he would feel a little better to spend his last night with me before he came round the next day to euthanize him. He rapidly disintegrated within 24 hours and was well and truly ready to go. He died peacefully at 2.30 pm on the 17th April 2008 3 days after my birthday… What a great present…
This experience has cemented the fact that chemotherapy does not work, but prolong life till the body cannot take it anymore. I know there are cases where there is success, but the majority is not. When will modern medicine come up with a remedy to save our much loved companions…
My dog is a 12 year old Lab. My vet tells me he has a tumor on the spleen. He wants to do surgery and maybe chemotherapy. I am afraid my dog will suffer. Should I go ahead with the surgery?