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Faye Has Been Diagnosed With Osteo


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My 13 year old greyhound Faye was diagnosed with osteo in her pelvis today. She had lost the use of her back legs about 6 weeks ago, but with twice daily doses of prednisone, she has been doing well. Faye is able to walk and to rise from a lying down position by herself.

 

The xrays taken a month ago showed something "funny" on the left side of her pelvis. She was xrayed again today, and it's definitely osteo. The vet gives her between two and three months, although at this time her lungs are clear and she is eating just fine and does not seem uncomfortable.

 

The vet recommended a diet rich in Omega 3 and suggested feeding her as much salmon as I could and to keep the carbs to a minimum. Evidentally this is a diet used for human cancer patients to slow down the progress of the disease.

 

I went to a specialty pet food store in this area and bought a bag of Orijen kibble - which claims to be 70% chicken, turkey, fish, and eggs (no animal products), 30% fruits and vegetables, and 0% grain. I also bought canned California Natural - sweet potatoes and salmon. Faye absolutely loved this food (which I mixed with her old food), as did my other non-greys.

 

Has anyone else had this type of diet recommended for their grey or any animal with cancer? I am certainly willing to try to hold off the inevitable as long as possible.

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He's likely working from the Budwig protocol. If you google it, you'll get a ton of hits. I'm trying it here with a friend's grey who has hemangiopericytoma, too soon to tell yet if there's any change.

 

Sending healing soothing thoughts to you and Faye.

 

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I am so sorry. Hug Faye for me. Please join the Yahoo group Circle of Grey...there is a wealth of advice and support there. My prayers are with you. :grouphug

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I'm so sorry to hear this. Regarding the diet, while I do believe in the diet you are referring to, after having cared for two dogs with cancer (one osteo, one lymphoma) if I ever were to go through it again I wouldn't hesitate to just feed whatever the dog loves and enjoys eating, to make her final days as pleasurable as possible, regardless of whether it is a cancer fighting diet or not.

 

If she's still got her appetite do try the foods you have bought - but she may start to get finicky. In that case I would give her whatever she enjoys.

 

I'm so very sorry :grouphug

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HersheysMom -- I absoluely agree with you about the diet. If Faye is unwilling to eat this new food at some point, she can have whatever she wants! I'm not going to force the issue with her.

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So sorry to hear of the diagnosis. I second the suggestion to join Circle of Grey. When my hound was diagnosed with osteo in his front leg, we amputated and then did chemo. I actually didn't focus on diet- with the chemo affecting his appetite, I just fed him whatever he was willing to eat. I did try one of the higher protein kibbles at one point but it was too rich for him (BIG D) so we went back to his regular diet pretty quickly. Wish I could be of more help....

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I know when Gunnar was diagnosed with bone cancer, we had him on Hair of the Dog (link in my siggy). We never had a biopsy done, or an amp, because it would not have changed how we treated him. But, based on the location, and it's aggressiveness, I do think it was osteo.

 

I truly believe, to this day, that the HOTD (and pain meds, of course) is what gave him his remaining quality of life. He remained as healthy as he could have been, and was almost like a puppy! He was seeking attention like always and was happy to the end. He ate well (for him) too.

 

I would look into this product. And remember, "Doc" is a vet, and can answer questions, if you have some. Just send an email to the address in the link!

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I'm sorry to hear your pup's diagnosis.

 

I'm a dreadful skeptic about dietary influence on things like this. However, when my pup had cancer of a different sort, I did feed him largely meat. It was the best way to get a large number of calories into him (he didn't have any difficulties, such as pancreatitis, with a fairly high-fat diet). I added any food he expressed an interest in.

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I'm so sorry to hear this. Regarding the diet, while I do believe in the diet you are referring to, after having cared for two dogs with cancer (one osteo, one lymphoma) if I ever were to go through it again I wouldn't hesitate to just feed whatever the dog loves and enjoys eating, to make her final days as pleasurable as possible, regardless of whether it is a cancer fighting diet or not.

 

If she's still got her appetite do try the foods you have bought - but she may start to get finicky. In that case I would give her whatever she enjoys.

Couldn't agree more... Hoping you have MUCH more quality time with your precious senior. :hope:grouphug

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I used to have a great deal of skepticism over the reduction of carbohydrates in the management of cancer. I'm still skeptical, but you can bet I'd try it; I've done a lot of reading on the subject recently and the arguments are starting to sway me.

 

Best wishes for you and your pup.

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I am sorry to hear the news for you and Faye. I do not have any input on what you're asking as luckily I have not had to experience this dreadful disease and hope never have to. I hope you and Faye have many wonderful days together. Give her a hug from me.

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