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  1. Hoping someone's got good advice because we're at a loss, our vet is closed for another week (a team member had Covid-19), and our back-up vet couldn't see him today. Fozzy Bear is a 3-year-old white Poodle/Terrier mix who weighs about 17 lbs. He's a very sensitive, very food-picky dog. He tends toward stomach upset, and for months the vet had him on a dose of Meprazole 10mg. an hour before breakfast. He hasn't required it for a couple of months. He also has a history of allergies (mostly scratching) that caused infections in his floppy ears. For the last 2-3 days, he's had on-and-off vomiting. Today he vomited the pill wrapped in a little cheese. Yesterday and today, he had watery diarrhea. He is not acting sick at all (VERY interested in the cats' food), and an hour after he vomited, he ate chicken, white rice, and broth. He kept it down and ate voraciously. A couple of hours later, i gave him baby sweet potatoes for the diarrhea. (I don't have pumpkin.) In the past, he's tried everything including ProPlan Sensitive Dry and wet. The vet had us switch to Dr. Harvey's Canine Health (the red label). Hubby mixes it in with ground turkey one week and ground beef the next. He's been rejecting it for days, so I've added salmon or cooked turkey thighs to get him to eat it. Worked for awhile, but that was that (we're left with a large, expensive bag of Dr. Harvey's), and we just gave him a can of Alpo, which he loved...before the belching and vomiting started So here we are... He usually takes Daily Multi Plus from Pet Health and Nutrition Center, Vitamin C, Omega-3 Pet, and pet colostrum. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  2. So terribly sorry. Our greyhound, too, was okay, and then started screaming and couldn't walk. They couldn't find out what was going on, but as she was almost 15 and never would be the same, we had to put her to sleep.
  3. Thank you, all. It will be a week tomorrow. We're donating what meds and supplements we can to rescues or other dogs with the same type of cancer as he. I just can't throw out the rest yet. Too painful.
  4. We thought we'd never love again after the loss of our greyhound, Millie, but Grandpuppy Max (who started his life with our son) healed our hearts. He was a 25 lb. Maltipoo who smiled! Our beloved Grandpuppy was a 26 1/2-month survivor of anal gland adenocarcinoma when it finally took his life. A diabetic for years who was just adjusting to his recent blindness from cataracts, he had only a single surgery and no radiation or chemo. He also had a heart murmur and arthritis. He was on cannabis (the real thing), as well as Chinese anti-cancer herbs, a special diet, and veterinary supplementation. The vet who came to the house to put him to sleep said it was amazing he lasted so long with such an aggressive cancer because some dogs die after only a couple of months. He touched so many of his angelic veterinary caregivers who said they loved him as if he were their own. When he said goodbye to his onco techs, they had tears in their eyes. One said he'd let them do any procedure on him without complaint. He took the time in veterinary waiting rooms to visit with other pet parents in hopes of scoring a belly rub. Max was in remission for over a year, but when his feline companion, Oscar, died at 17, he grieved so much that his cancer grew 30% within two weeks. They were like the proverbial Garfield and Odie. From that time, it was a real struggle. (Oscar, the miracle cat, passed away on 2/26/18, less than six months ago. He was FIV+, had a heart murmur, one working kidney since birth, asthma, osteoarthritis, and a lesion on an optic nerve that kept his pupil open. He wore a contact lense or a week last year! Oscar was featured in an article in Integrative Veterinary Journal in 2015.) Max was among the cancer dogs featured in November of '17 on FOX10 News in Phoenix, Arizona. While we all will miss his warmth and good humor, we hope that his vets learned from his experiences--including experimental procedures--to save other lives. Grandpuppy was one exceptional pup, who despite cancer and diabetes, was within weeks of reaching 12, the average lifespan of Maltipoos. He left us better people than when he found us.
  5. Have you tried hyperbaric chamber therapy for your pup? An hour's worth of oxygen at high pressure may be very helpful in helping to kill that infection. Our Maltipoo, Max, has anal sac adenocarcinoma, and in his protocol is twice monthly hyperbaric chamber therapy at the integrative oncologist's. (He also gets ozone/UV therapy and acupuncture from her.) Here's some info on hyperbaric chamber therapy from her website: http://integrativeveterinaryoncology.com/specialized-equipment.html
  6. I believe that artemisinin is already in what he's getting from the herbalogist.
  7. The reason it's so hard to find anything on NO-Cbl is because the trial was in '09. Only 8 dogs were involved. They were of various breeds and had various types of cancer. But all of them had substantial shrinkage in their tumors. Info is hard to find. The Ph.D. immunologist, Dr. Joseph Bauer, was working on it at the Cleveland Clinic. I hadn't much of an idea what that was, except my physician here in Phoenix had me do a heart test for them because she said they're the best. Getting back to the story, I found bits and pieces of news. Dr. Bauer had moved on. They tried to raise funds among the tony crowed in Palm Beach. Then someone else in my Canine Cancer Yahoogroup did more research. It looked promising with a compounded drug she said was in New Zealand (Dr. Sysel of Bauer Research said it's in Australia), but the problem is that if it's not manufactured correctly, the tumor will grow from the B-12. Cancer didn't kill my only greyhound. She had skin cancer, but I think it was old age that did her in...and osteoarthritis. My 15-year-old cat had the same-looking hips, but the difference was that 12 years later, I was able to get shots (Legend aka hyaulic acid and Pentosan) that could partially rebuild them, and it's saved Oscar. May have been able to do the same with Millie. I guess that's why I'm so passionate about this. No, it's not the answer for Grandpuppy now, but for other pets and humans down the road, it's got a good chance. FYI: Grandpuppy, who's also diabetic, has anal sac adenocarcinoma. Diagnosed with a 2 cm lesion 3 months ago. Because of his special needs (and my extreme chemical sensitivity), we're trying a non-traditional approach with our integrative oncologist and vet first: Chinese herbs made by a master herbalogist and specific to his form of cancer; supplements (he took many previously, but the dosages have been changed and some added); changes made to his homeopathic remedies; acupuncture; hyperbaric chamber therapy; and ozone and UV blood therapies. His right sac was removed in May. A couple of lymph nodes were slightly enlarged, but they appeared to be due to his allergies and left in. One had doubled in size when it was scanned three weeks ago, and it's about 2 cm. The vets discussed the situation and decided to make changes to his supplement and homeopathic protocols in hopes of arresting the growth. We're giving it about a month until the next scan. (A little over so as not to run into the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays.) The enlarged node is not in a good spot. It could leak. If we can get it, we're discussing immunotherapy. Palladia is also on the table, but Max has a sensitive stomach and diabetes, so we can't have vomiting. I also don't know how I'll react. We're also looking into cannabis oil, if we can make sure we could deal with his glucose levels because they'd be affected.
  8. I donated $20 yesterday in memory of my other two dogs that had cancer, and posed the question that a couple of G'talkers had asked: If this shows so much promise, why isn't funding easier to get, particularly from foundations and universities? This is the answer I received this morning from Dr. Annette Sysel, President and Chief Veterinary Officer from Bauer Research: "Thank you so much for your very kind donation in memory of Ringo and Millie. Having lost every one of my pets to cancer, I completely understand how frustrating and devastating it is, and we are honored that you chose the Bauer Research Foundation through which to honor them. Please don't worry about the amount - we truly appreciate every dollar and really want you to focus your resources on Grandpuppy's and Oscar's treatments. (FYI: Oscar is my FIV+ cat.) "Regarding the dog owners' question: unfortunately, drug development (for both humans and companion animals) is driven by $$. Pharma companies and investors typically seek the biggest return on their investment in the shortest amount of time. Right now everyone is intensely focused on cancer vaccines, which are cheaper and quicker to reach approval, hence a smaller financial outlay and a faster return on that outlay. Universities and foundations do not fund drug development, and they too have to identify outside funding sources to carry on their work. In fact, the ability to bring in outside funding to support research endeavors is usually a criterion in order to be eligible for a university position." If you have Amazon Prime, you can have money donated to Bauer Research (and many other charities) through Amazon Smile: www.smile.amazon.com
  9. I am not connected with this company, but I have emailed back and forth with the head vet, who had received an award from the Humane Society, BTW. Of course, I don't know everything, and you've posed good questions, which I will ask. However, I think the point is that it's NOT connected with a major drug company. Dr. Bauer (not a physician, but a Ph.D. immunologist) developed this at the Cleveland Clinic. It's hard for me to buy an assumption that every good idea will be picked up by a foundation with money. In a perfect world, yet. I gave $20 this morn, one in memory of the two dogs we lost. Contributions also can be given through Amazon Smile. Is it "our responsibility" to help fund drug trials with the assumption we'll be ripped off later? I guess that's a personal issue.
  10. Grandpuppy Max is our third dog with cancer: Ringo, our first dog (Springer Spaniel-retriever), developed cancer (I don't remember what kind) in the early '80s and died at 13. Millie, our greyhound, had skin cancer but died of old age in '03, 10 days before her 15th birthday. Now Max the Maltipoo, only 10, has cancer. Had researchers been working on a promising therapy when Ringo or Millie were alive, perhaps it could be saving Grandpuppy. Perhaps it even could have saved my dad or my step-brother. That's why I was so shocked when Dr. Annette Sysel, the President and Chief Veterinary Officer of Bauer Research told me that NO-Cbl (nitrosylcobalamin) likely NEVER would be sold, despite shrinking tumors between 40 and 70% in ALL of the dogs in the first study. "We have had a lot of publicity regarding NO-Cbl, including magazines such as US News and World, Forbes magazine, newspapers, canine and feline publications, etc. We have had thousands of people visit the website and contact us directly, but it seems that no one is willing to donate since they can't obtain NO-Cbl for their pet. It's a shame, because with their help it's possible that NO-Cbl could be available for another of their pets that might develop cancer in the future. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that NO-Cbl will ever be developed for either human or companion animal use simply due to lack of funding. "We have tried reaching out to pet owners and it seems that people just don't care enough to contribute, even when their own pets have or have had cancer. This year, the Bauer Research Foundation has received less than $1,000 in donations. If everyone who wrote in to us requesting NO-Cbl had donated even $10, we would be a lot closer to starting at least the first canine clinical trial. It's truly a shame because I sincerely believe that NO-Cbl could save a lot of lives." The concept is simple and was developed by a physician at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic: cancer cells love B-12; use activated B-12 as a Trojan horse, so the cancer cells will accept it; then kill them off with a toxic dose of nitric oxide hiding inside. Is it the answer to cancer? I don't know, but what I do know is we're spending thousands of dollars to try to save our beloved dog. I don't think we'll ever get over his loss. I don't think we'll ever get another dog. But I do know that I can find a way to send them a few dollars in hopes of sparing somebody else the terrible sense of loss we'll be feeling.
  11. I'm going to first talk to our regular vet, and then try to talk to both Dr. Venable and Dr. Mayer, so I'd appreciate you PM'ing me your names as references. Thanks!
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