How to Prevent Dog Cancer from Returning
by Leni M.
How can I prevent our dog's cancer from returning?
Our 5-year-old golden retriever Max was diagnosed with a 1.5cm diameter mast cell tumor (MCT) on his leg around knee area.
We found a dog oncologist who had him on Predonisone hoping to shrink/eliminate the tumor. This did not prove effective and we were told a surgery / tumor removal was the next best option.
There was a delay of about 3 weeks because Max's blood test kept showing low platelet count and the vet decided to first correct this problem before admitting Max to surgery. As a result Max took Predonisone for over 6 weeks before the removal of the tumor and his immunity suffered considerably. His blood platelet count never improved but surgery was inevitable and the vet decided not to wait any longer.
His MCT was removed 10 days ago. They took a large piece of his skin and secured the cut with 25 stitches. The pathology rated the MCT as stage 2 out of 3. However, the vet said no chemotherapy is needed.
They also conducted cell mutation test which came back negative. Even though the surgery went well and tumor was removed with clear margins, the risk of re-occurrence is quite high and we will have to examine Max often and carefully.
They are now weening him off Predonisone and his energy is coming back. I have been looking for the right supplements/recommended dosage to help his body recover and prevent future re-occurrence of cancer.
I understand the tumor removal does not solve the problem; it won't
help his immune system detect abnormal cells and destroy them.
We feed him Artemis Fresh Mix for Adult Dog with two pumps of Grizzly Salmon Oil. He does not tolerate high protein foods very well. He loves eating apples, carrots and pig ears as treats.
I found this supplement online and I would like you to consider whether this could be a suitable supplement for Max: http://www.dogcancer.net/k9-immunity-plus.html
I purchased Q10 and IP6 separately but I am confused about what the correct dosage should be. That is why I am leaning towards K9 Immunity Plus.
Here is some supporting documentation I found online:
* I have found this but I am not sure if that is a cause for concern:
* They seem to have a valid registration from 2013:
Previously in his life, Max had problems with giardia. We currently live in Tokyo, Japan and the city and there is a high concentration of dogs. His vet could not detect what the problem was and fed him antibiotics for pretty much the first two years of his life.
Finally, I found online about giardia and gave him a course of Panacur. He has been fine ever since with just rare episodes of acute diarrhea.
I believe this could be a potential source of his cancer. Other sources could be rabies vaccination that has to be performed yearly in Japan and/or nuclear accident in Japan 3 years ago and Max being less than 100km close to the area.
I greatly appreciate any help you can offer.
Leni & Max
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