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Here’s my story 

My precious Bullet was 9 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, on July 17, 2000. I was horrified. I started chemo the next day, hoping against hope to get the 12-18 months that some dogs with lymphoma gain by having chemo. My love for Bullet knew no bounds and I just couldn’t imagine NOT trying for that. If I had not been able to afford it, I don’t know what I would have done. There was no “Magic Bullet Fund” yet.

Bullet had a chemo protocol that isn’t used anymore. It was called VELCAP-L and it went on for 75 weeks (a year and a half). He went into remission after the first treatment, and he stayed in remission for the next 4 years and 4 months. I created a special diet for him to fight cancer, now called “Bullet’s Cancer Diet.” I put together a special home care program and a rotation of supplements to help him survive.

In November 2002, Bullet went into congestive heart failure. He couldn’t tolerate the drug that is usually prescribed for his conditions. Without medication to manage his heart conditions, he would not survive. At the advice of Bullet’s oncologist, I set about getting FDA clearance to import a new drug, not yet approved in the U.S., that might help. With this new drug (which is now approved here), he survived another 2 years.

In November 2004, Bullet went into kidney failure. The drugs that were helping him survive his heart conditions were damaging to his kidneys. Within 5 days, my little boy went to the Rainbow Bridge. Bullet was almost 14 years old and still cancer free.

I wasn’t prepared to lose Bullet on 11/20/2004, even after his very long survival. I would never have been prepared to lose Bullet, even if he lived to be 40 years old!

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  1. Tami / Aug 2 2010 8:09 pm

    My Lucy Lou was diagnosed with lymphoma in February. She also has a medistinal mass so her odds are already against her. I was bound and determined to keep my Lucy around, so I immediately started chemo, wisconsin protocol. She was doing great, never had any side effects BUT never went into complete remisssion and by the 13th week all nodes the size of baseballs. She had doxorubicin 3 times but now cant keep her platelet count up to do CCNU. I started reading everything and started her on Fish oil, Arginine, Vitamin E, Co Q10, and Proanimal( has vit a, d, e, selenium, zinc. I am in the process of finding Hoxey formula. I know my time is running out with her but I wish I could find some magic thing to lenghten her life. My dogs are my children and each day I spend more time crying and not coping very well. I work at helping dogs and cats every day and only wish I can do more for my Lucy AKA GOOFY

    • Laurie Kaplan / Aug 3 2010 9:17 am

      Tami, a lot of dogs don’t go into remission, but can maintain for quite a while in partial remission. I’m sorry Lucy (Goofy) has lymphoma, and I’m sorry that chemo didn’t knock it into clinical remission. Cancer is unpredictable and we can’t guess ahead of time which lymphoma dogs will get a remission and which won’t. We do know what will happen, however, if we don’t give chemo. It happens within 1-2 months. So by giving Lucy chemo, you already got 3 extra months for her on borrowed time. Keep giving her that TLC, I hope you will be able to get much more. Please don’t grieve now – you will have time to mourn later. For now, just enjoy every second with your girl and make sure she is enjoying being with you!

  2. Julie Anne Ianello / Aug 9 2010 11:41 am

    My Soft Coated Wheten Terrier, Magic, was diagnosed with a brain tumor 3 weeks ago. We opted for Cyber-knife treatments which she finished on Friday. Since the diagnosis, I’ve been feeding her brown rice, chicken, liver, cottage cheese, broccoli, carrots, apples, eggs etc to boost her protein levels. What diet do YOU recommend?
    Are you familiar with Cyber-knife?
    Thanks, Julie

    • Laurie Kaplan / Aug 9 2010 1:17 pm

      Julie, I am familiar with the Cyber knife. Only recently for dogs, but I have been familiar with it for human treatment for years. Good for you providing Magic (great name!) with a home made diet. You ask for my thoughts about the diet’s components – I suggest you minimize the rice, carrots and apples and be sure to cook the whites of the eggs before feeding them to her. If you like, you can see the diet I recommend for dogs with cancer in great detail in my book “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer.” I share Bullet’s Cancer Diet, and that same diet with variations. Thank you for posting, and I wish good luck to you and Magic – I hope she beats it!!

  3. Laurie Kaplan / Aug 12 2010 11:33 am

    I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to see that you posted here, Blake!! I thought you were no longer in communication with us on purpose. All of the emails to you have been bouncing back for quite a while.
    (914) 941-0159

    Can’t wait to hear from you!

  4. love / Aug 7 2011 3:39 am

    Your information Helped me Thanks you Much

  5. PatandScott Potts / Mar 20 2012 8:59 pm

    Hi Laurie,Just got home from the vet and Ron has Lymphoma,We prayed as hard as we could but I guess it was god’s will.I like to believe Ron was sent to us to have a good life the last few year’s of his life.He was 4 yrs old when he came to us.He fell in love with us as soon as he got out of the van and us him.I believe they beat him and let the rest of there dog’s beat him up.He had scars from fighting and he’s not a fighter he’s a lover from what we have learned the 3yrs we’ve had him.Now he’s a part of our heart’s and we don’t know what to do they put him on Prednisone and Amoxicillin because we can’t afford nothing more.They sent samples to the lab hoping she is wrong but she don’t think so.(she being the vet) He’s going to be spoiled the rest of the time we have left,He’s going to go out on the boat,to the flea market run up and down the fence with Major the dog down the street all the thing’s he love’s to do.I don’t understand how he can be so sick,He’s so full of life right now and so happy and goofy.He too is nick named Goofy like the dog in the other story.He’s so happy to see me when I get home from work I end up bleeding almost every day and that’s ok he don’t mean to hurt me he’s a boxer he can’t help it.There called boxer’s for a resson.Well we will love him as much as we can we don’t know what else to do.Bo lived 3mos. after we found out he had cancer but he was worst off then Ron is,Bo had both side’s of the neck and both shoulder’s Ron has the one side of his neck.
    I don’t know what more to say so I’ll say good night and God Bless

    • Laurie Kaplan / Mar 20 2012 9:32 pm

      Scott and Pat, you can apply to the Magic Bullet Fund, maybe we can help get treatment for Potts. I run the fund but there is a review committee for applications so I can’t say for sure but think about it – Sending love to Potts.

  6. PatandScott Potts / Mar 22 2012 5:02 am

    Were thinking about it but they will most likely say we make to much money,But we have more bill’s were trying to pay off.We might apply after we get the lab results back and know what Ron’s chance’s are.thank you so much.
    God bless
    Scott and Pat Potts

  7. PatandScott Potts / Mar 22 2012 4:57 pm

    The lab results came back today,and the vet was so happy she was wrong ” Ron don’t have cancer” Thank you so much for your prayers and the offer to help.We will keep in touch.
    God bless
    Scott,Pat,Mario and Ron Potts

    • laurie / Mar 22 2012 5:07 pm

      That is GREAT news!! Give Ron a kiss from me!

  8. PatandScott Potts / Mar 22 2012 10:00 pm

    Sure will thank you so much

  9. Tawrens / Mar 27 2012 12:26 am

    My aunt’s dog Casey has a tumor on her cheek. Unable to afford the surgery the vet gave her pain meds and told her to wait out Casey’s end. We’re in Buffalo, NY and Casey is my aunt’s babyso is there anyway to help her?

  10. Rhonda K. Crouse / May 27 2012 9:09 am

    My dog Stormy started limping and not using his rear leg much at all. I just figured that he pulled something chasing a rabbit in our yard. I called the vet who gave me some anti-inflammatory pills for him and wanted to see him in a few days if not better. He didn’t get better, the limp continued. The vet took an xray and I knew, I just had a gut feeling it was cancer. Again, meds prescribed and I was told to bring him back in @ 5 days if no improvement. As much as I wanted to ignore the truth of the matter and pretend that it was better…I was NOT better, It had gotten much worse to the point of barely using the leg at all. Upon our second visit and more xrays, my vet confirmed what his thoughts were, Osteosarcoma! I talked with him about amputation, my dog is 5 and has a long life to live I told him. I cried as I discussed this option of treatment with my vet. My vet said he would do the same for his dog. Stormy is young, healthy and has everything in his favor. So surgery was set for the following week and it could not get here quick enough. Stormy was in so much pain, I could tell he was hurting and I just wanted it to be over so he would not hurt any longer. Surgery came, I was with my dog until incision was made and there shortly after he woke up. I stayed in the kennel with him as he recovered for at least 4 hours! I couldn’t leave him, I had to keep his spirits up and let him know it was OK. He hopped right up and was ready to go home, hopped right in the car and walked up 3 steps into our house. I made an area in the living room all his. Placing chuck pads and white linens on the floor to keep him as clean as possible while he recovered. The first night was very scary because his surgical incision looked as though it would just bust open. I placed ice on him and again comforted him. Stormy had my full attention. I made arrangements to be off of work for about 2 weeks. I slept beside him on the floor in the living room, I did not leave his side for days, weeks! I had many sleepless nights. I kept him pretty loopy, I just wanted him to lye around and heal. I relocated his food and water and had to hand feed him many days. I even gave him other treats that I would not normally give to him. I placed rugs everywhere in his path so that he had stability while he walked( I have hard wood floors) He had a lot of drainage which is normal. Stormy is making great strides in his recovery. He discovered that he can still do most everything with 3 legs that he could do with 4. I have had to help him a little bit and show him that he can still climb up on the bed or couch. He discovered that he can still jump on the fence and bark at people! He is approaching the 2 month mark of recovery. He gets a little worn out from activities and our 3-4 mile walks prior to his leg amputation has turned into a walk around the block, but he is happy to walk no matter the distance. I have invested in a ruffwear harness and it is amazing, very handy and easy to put on him. I give Stormy a previcox each day as I have noticed that he is uncomfortable without it. He is amazing and I know that the attention he received from me made a world of difference in his recovery!! Love your dog, let them know how much they mean to you and they will love you back so much more!! I found the MagicBulletFund while searching for information about cancer. I did not need the help but I was so impressed that such a wonderful organization was out there for those who need it. I wanted to help with this organization and I have started making bracelets with portion of proceeds going to this fund! I am also excited to be an official volunteer. Thank you for being something that makes a difference in the lives of dogs and their loving owners. Thanks for starting this fund!

  11. Leanne Schellhammer / Jun 15 2012 10:04 pm

    My dog Bosco is a 5 1/2 year old golden retriever who was diagnosed 2 months ago with Fibrocarcoma. It happens in young Goldens and it appears on the roof of their mouths. He is on daily oral chemo meds of Piroxocam and cyclophosphamide . He did have it removed when we first noticed it but 2 months later it was back. I work at an Animal Hospital
    and see animals with cancer everyday but I never thought my dog would get it- especially at 5 years old. He is my world and my husband and kids everything. He is spoiled rotten and we love him more than words could say. It completely turned my world upside down when the doctor said those words, I’m so sorry Leanne, the biopsy came back and it’s cancer. I will never for get that day. I never cried so hard in my life. I didn’t know what to tell my family. I knew it would break their hearts. I told my mom first and just sobbed. My heart was broken – I knew we couldn’t afford radiation so we started the oral meds. For two months it was fine- it cleared up after surgery and I thought it was cleared up. But now it’s been back for about two months and it has grown. He acts completely normal and appears healthy. My doctor thinks that next time he tries to take it off that he wont be able to stop the bleeding or be able to close it. So right now we are just keeping Him happy and comfortable. I know the day will come very soon when I have to make the ultimate decision – Nd we are. It looking forward to that. I hope everyone that has a Golden Retriever reads this and is on the lookout for it. It’s so not fair that my baby will probably have to be euthanized before he is 6 or 7 years old. My kids are just so hurt.

    • Laurie Kaplan / Jun 16 2012 9:27 am

      Leanne, thank you for sharing Bosco’s story. You say that he is acting normal and appears healthy. Please try to make sure that YOU are also acting normal with him. He’s happy – don’t be the thing that makes him upset, makes him think that something is wrong or that he has done something to make you unhappy! As long as Bosco is feeling good, there is no “decision” to make.

      No, it’s not fair. We know that without the cancer Bosco could have lived much longer. But they don’t know about years and months. They don’t know how old they are and how old other Goldens are. And they don’t know what cancer is.

      It would not be any easier for you if he was 16 and this happened.

      This is a nasty cancer and even with radiation, this cancer would most likely take him away from you.

      Please try to approximate what day Bosco came into your home. Figure out how many days he has been with you. Post again when you have that number – I want to know how many HAPPY DAYS there were with Bosco.

  12. Laurie Kaplan / Jul 6 2012 3:56 pm

    Obviously I am a proponent of providing treatment for dogs with cancer if the situation is right. Meaning, if the dog is strong enough, young enough and if the treatment has a reasonable chance of giving the dog (and the family) a stretch of quality time that he/she would not have without the treatment. Without that reasonable chance, we are just making the dog’s last weeks or months miserable for no reason.

    I have seen a building trend toward over treatment of dogs with cancer. There are times when making a decision NOT to provide treatment is best for the dog. And for the family. Perhaps not for the clinic, but you are not here to provide the clinic with another patient.

    Please consider all of the options before diving into the canine cancer treatment frenzy. Your decision making support team should include some intelligent people who will not benefit from your decision, and who will not automatically push you toward treatment without considering all of the factors.

  13. Nancyp / Aug 29 2012 5:51 pm

    My little Fox Terrier, Lucy, is a cancer surviver, she was diagnosed with Canine Lymphoma in 2009. We thought we would lose her, but with great care from a very knowledgible Vet, lots of suppliments and special loving care from her family. she is still with us and doing quite fine! Our Vet says she lives on love and borrowed time, as she is 13 years old.
    The thing I wanted most to point out is not to panic when you hear the word “cancer” as we did. Just find a Vet you can work with that will be very honest with you and assure your dog the best care possible, also one who beleives in suppliments. It is very important to give every dog good quality food with NO by-products, fresh distilled water daily. Suppliments should also be a part of the daily diet. I have 5 Terriers and give them each vitamin E, acidophilus, Taurin, & vitamin D. they are beautiful, healthy, and active at age 7 &13.

    • Laurie Kaplan / Aug 29 2012 6:22 pm

      Nancy your advice could almost be a quote from my book, Help Your Dog Fight Cancer.
      Very good advice, thank you for posting and I’m sending big kisses to your cancer survivor Lucy.

  14. Deb / Sep 11 2012 1:07 am

    Is it possible to buy your book Help Your Dog Fight Cancer as an ebook? Thanks Deb

  15. Yolanda / Dec 21 2012 3:47 am

    I was glad to find this blog and I hope reading these stories you all shared will help ease my heart. Today our beloved 7 year old doberman Prince was diagnosed with nasal cancer adequmous carcinomaa. Our entire familg is devastated by this news because he has been such a wonderful part of our family all these years. He has been thru so much and now this horrible disease has him in its grasp. He is still so loving and joyful as ever. We arent able to afford treatment so the doctor prescribed him some amoxicillan to fight off any secondary infection as well as prednisone to help reduce inflammation and make breathing easier for Prince. I havent been able to keep my tears in today beacause I never thought we would have him taken away so earlh. Doctor has given him 3 months I plan on spending everyday im given with him thanking god for allowing us to love this wonderful creature for these past years. I hope we are given a sign when it is time to say farwell. My heart aches even thinking about it. I lost my grandmother to cancer last year and shortly will lose a bestfriend. Please keep us in your tboughts as we prepare this sad journey.

    • Laurie Kaplan / Dec 21 2012 10:05 am

      Yolanda my heart goes out to you. Your sweet Prince is very lucky to have such a loving family. And you are lucky that he found you years ago, that you two created the wonderful human animal bond together. Not everyone can do this, you are a special person. It will NEVER be long enough no matter how long he survives the cancer. But when it is time you WILL know. Right now losing him makes your heart ache but some day the thought of Prince being in pain and having low quality of life will make your heart ache. And you will do what we have to do. Then we take on the suffering so that our dogs do not have to.
      You and Prince are in my thoughts. Treasure every day together for as long as you can.

  16. val / Jan 5 2013 12:41 am

    We adopted our girl Tia 6 years ago. She had already been returned to the animal shelter 3 times. The first time she was tied to the door as a pup. The second we are not sure of the cirucumstances, and the third she had been adopted but the man who adopted her work situation changed and he was gone for 12- 14 hours a day sometimes and decided it was not fair to her. I admire him for paying to take her back to the shelter. For Andy and I it was love at first sight. We just moved into our home, our first home together and decided to get a dog. When we went to look ( we would never do anything but adopt, I am a huge advocate on that) we found a small mix we liked and they said they would bring him into a private room so we could play and see if he was who we wanted. While we waited and filled out the necessary paperwork Miss Tia was behind the counter with the staff and decided to come over to the baby gate and say hello. Well that was the end of it. We told the staff to take the other dog back to its cage we wanted to see Tia. She went home with us that day. We were already prepared for a pup but not a full grown lab pitbull mix. Off to Petco we went. A couple of toys later, new collar and a very strong leash we were on our way to becoming a family. Sometimes shelter dogs can be very difficult and this one was. She had a fear of any water, her feet being touched, walking on a leash, the list goes on. Over time we overcame most of those hurrdles. It took work but it was worth it. On October 10th she was diagnosis with lymphoma. I was devestated. She had 2 lumps on each side of her neck, 2 on her chest and 1 behind each leg. The vet was pretty sure what it was but wanted to send out the aspiration just in case. It was the longest 3 days of my life. She was officially diagnosed on the 13th. We decided to do chemo. I was lucky my vet was willing to do it in her office and only charged me her price on the chemo drugs. I chose to go with the VELCAP-S protocol. After 3 treatments (they are weekly) all of her lumps were completely gone. We just finished her last treatment on Thursday and her blood work is excellent. We are going to continue with the next 12 maintence round. She is in complete remission. Through all of this I have supplemented with a home cooked diet. She gets regular food once a day and a mama special for her other meal. I am feeding her grilled chicken salads loaded with veggies, Vegetable omelets, burgers ( only on chemo days) and anything else that is high protein low carb. I would appreciate anyyone who has more info on diet ideas to let me know. The vet said the chances are very low but we might just kick cancers ass. lol. Well I know that was one long story and I am sorry but just had to get it out.

    • Laurie Kaplan / Jan 8 2013 2:50 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story of Tia with us! Her cancer journey so far is exactly how most of the dogs with lymphoma do and I hope that Tia will stay in remission forever! She has to finish the total 16 treatments in the protocol, these are not optional (mainatenance) they are part of the protocol. If you choose to give her chemo treatments after those 16, then that will be maintenance. However I don’t recommend giving maintenance treatments after the protocol is over. Sounds like they will be finished in the middle of April. Have a party!

      Tia’s diet sounds great – if you have time, you could get rid of the processed food and give her the mama special for every meal. If you haven’t seen my book, “Help Your Dog Fight Cancer,” you can probably get your library to requisition it for you. In it I show Bullet’s Cancer Diet, this could give you some ideas too.

      Tia is lucky that you and Andy found her – and you guys are lucky too. Sounds like a real love affair!

      Sending kisses to Tia and hopes that she will beat the odds, beat cancer and grow old with you.


  17. Esther Gonzalez / Mar 1 2013 7:02 am

    Dear Laurie,

    I went to see a vet because my Layla, a 5 yr. old American Pitt Bull Terrier has 4 small lumps on her body that concerned me. I am currently out of a job because of the economy, but I am looking for work all the time. The Vet gave me an estimate for the total bill of 1500. dollars. She also gave me a list of a few places that might be able to help me pay for the surgery. She suggested removing the tumors first and if I wanted I could then have them sent to the lab to find out if they were cancerous I think she said. That was late November. Now, I decided to go back to school since I wasn’t working last year. So I am going to school full time right now. I tried the places she suggested for financial help, but I was turned down for one reason or another. I am still trying to get ahold of Actors and Others in Los Angeles. We have been missing each other when we call. It’s been 3 months now and Ive been so concerned researching online to see where I could get help, because theres just no way I can afford 1,500. right now. While I researched, I found the Pet Fund, who called me yesterday and told me that my dogs case is an emergency, which is not what the Vet told me, and they couldnt help me but I should check the links page of their website. There I found The Sam Simon Foundation, who apparantly does surgeries free of charge if you qualify, which I do seem to qualify. I am waiting for a call back from them right now to schedule an appointment. Which brings me to my question for you; How do you feel about a mobile clinic doing surgery for free, including spay and neuter if she isn’t already spayed, (which she is not)? I mean if it is Cancer, will they know, will they check, I know these are questions that I need to talk to them about, but I’m just wondering how you feel about the whole situation? I know most people feel that if you cant afford it you shouldn’t have a pet, I understand, I felt the same way (kind of) until I lost my job 3 years ago. I also know I should have spayed her a long time ago. I don’t breed her or anything. She did have one litter of pups some 3 years ago. But I didn’t know that it was dangerous to her health not to spay her until now. Do you think I should get a second opinion or what should I do? What would you do if you were in my shoes? Thank you, Esther

    • Laurie Kaplan / Mar 1 2013 9:47 am

      I will email you Esther. But I do have to say here that yes it is very important for all pets to be spayed or neutered. Early, a few months old, before any litters.

      Since the shelters KILL millions of cats and dogs every year, there is no good reason to add to the population. Even if you find good homes – those are homes that would have been able to take in a shelter pet if htey had not taken your litter pups.

      If pet over-population doesn’t sound like a good reason – then do it because our pets will get mammary or testicular cancer if they are not spayed/neutered.

      I’ll email you in a little while.

  18. Erin / Jun 12 2013 2:23 pm

    We brought my 9 year old daschund in for the removal of a fatty lump on his chest. The vet said that we had to do an X-ray before surgery because of a slight murmur. Within an hour the vet called informing us that they had discovered a heart tumor and that they could not move forward with the surgery. This happened just yesterday and I am beside myself. I have an apt scheduled for later in the week for a consult with the vet, but am so scared for my little guy. All of the information that I have come across is so grave. Any thoughts or similar stories out there. Is it possible that it could be benign and removable or even monitored?

  19. Scott and Pat Potts / Sep 4 2013 9:27 pm

    We took our Ron(BOXER) to the vet because he had lumps in his neck.It was limp nod cancer.My wife and I prayed to god aloud in the vet’s office and for day’s.The vet sent samples off for more test.And when the test came back the cancer was gone the vet didn’t know what happen but we knew god took Ron’s cancer away.That was almost 2 years ago and Ron is still cancer free we pray every day for it to stay away.So pray to God real hard and maybe he will help if not it can’t hurt.We have lost 2 dog’s to cancer in the past and it hurt’s.We will pray for you and your dog’s cancer to go away.We know how you feel right now but talk to god and hope for the best.
    God Bless
    Scott,Pat,Ron and Mario Potts
    ( Ron and Mario are our Boxers )
    ( OUR KIDS )

    • Laurie Kaplan / Sep 5 2013 9:55 am

      Scott and Pat, I’m happy to hear that Ron is cancer free and still with you. I want to clarify this because I don’t want people who have a dog with lymphoma to have false hope.

      Your vet sent the samples to the lab because his (or her) preliminary diagnosis was only preliminary. From the enlarged nodes, there was a possibility that Ron had lymphoma. The lab was needed, to confirm or deny that the preliminary diagnosis was correct. The lab found that the preliminary diagnosis was not correct, thankfully Ron did not have lymphoma! It was a mis-diagnosis. Usually a diagnosis of lymphoma is not considered “definitive” just from a fine needle aspirate. A surgical biopsy is needed to give a definitive diagnosis.

      The lymph nodes can become enlarged for reasons other than cancer, such as infection. When you go to the doctor with a sore throat, they will feel the lymph nodes in your neck. They are not checking for lymphoma, they are checking for a possible sign of infection. In lymphoma, there is nothing that can get rid of the cancer other than chemotherapy. I know prayer is powerful but even that cannot take lymphoma away. Other treatments are being tested, but without any treatment, a dog will die from lymphoma within 4-8 weeks.

  20. Scott and Pat Potts / Sep 5 2013 8:38 pm

    I’m sorry I won’t tell my story any more.I don’t want to give false hope to no one but his lymph nodes were the size of baseballs.And we think God helped us he can’t always do things like that or no one would ever die but he’s there and it can’t hurt to pray like I said we just lost 2 dog’s to cancer with in a year before Ron and God didn’t want us to go trew that again so I’m sorry if I was wrong I will always think it was god that saved Ron for us
    God Bless all

  21. Laurie Kaplan / Sep 6 2013 9:39 am

    Please don’t apologize, I am happy to read your story and I know others will be too. I just do not want anyone to decide not to give their dog treatment because they read your post, and then watch him die. And THEN feel that they were guilty of making their dog die because they made that decision. There is so much guilt involved when a pet passes.

    Sending kisses to Ron and Mario –

  22. Kirby Moss / Sep 24 2013 11:02 am

    Our six year old golden doodle Dawson was just diagnosed with terminal cancer. We first noticed a lump on his right shoulder at his last grooming appointment about a month ago. From there we got a fine needle aspirate of the lump done and the results were promissing that we were not dealing with a high grade tumour. We met with a surgeon and oncologist to disguss our options for removal and treatment and were prepared to do everything we could to prolong his quality of life. To prepare for surgery we decided to do a chest x-ray and get his blood work done. We were all horrified to find out that he has 3-5 tumors in his lungs. The oncologist is assuming that this cancer originated in his lymphnodes and has progressed from there. She disgussed our options for chemotherapy and we would happily go down this road but I am 24 weeks pregnant and I’m high risk. My OB has advised us not to do chemo as the biproducts are potentially harmful for our unborn child. I would have to limit my exposure to Dawson and I know that would break both of our hearts. I would love some advise on what alternate treatments are available knowing we can not persue chemo at this time. Dawson is an incredible dog and has brough my husband and I and our extended family such joy. We have all been devistated this past week with his prognosis.

  23. Cindy Caudillo / Jun 9 2014 10:05 pm

    I have a 7 year old American Eskimo who we believe has a nasal tumor. He’s had bloody noses and now he is having difficulty breathing. I’m limited financially so I was only able to have lab work and X-rays done. Although the X-rays showed something, they couldn’t tell if it was a tumor or not. The bloodwork, and the cytology, done when they flushed his nose after the X-ray, had nothing definitive. Tomorrow I am going to the University of Colorado Veterinary School for an appointment to see if they have any affordable suggestions. It is breaking my heart to think of having to euthanize my “baby” without ever really knowing if there was a tumor. Rhinoscopy and CT Scan’s are not something unaffordable as I am disabled an unable to work. Do you have any ideas for me?

  24. Dawn / Oct 16 2014 10:34 am

    Hi Laurie,
    Our 8 yr old, 90lb mixed breed Nicolai has a nasal tumor. We are waiting for results of the biopsy. My husband and I cannot face the decisions ahead of us if it turns out cancerous. The vet says there is good results from radiation but the cost is astronomical and treatments would about 50 miles from home which adds to the cost. Nicolai means so much to our family and has brought joy to us and many strangers as he insists on being pet by anybody around. Any info on financial assistance and your general knowledge would be helpful. I was moved by your story and saddened by your loss. Thank you for being here to lend and ear or advise for others in their time of need.-Dawn

    • Laurie Kaplan / Dec 1 2014 11:42 am

      Dawn I’m so sorry I did not see this post sooner and reply to it. Please tell me if you still have any questions – hoping that the biopsy was negative for cancer.

  25. Sheila Brayshaw / Dec 12 2014 8:55 pm

    My little Westie Tiffany was just diagnosed with TCC of the bladder she is 8 years old. Happy healthy right now. My Vet here in Halifax Canada has suggested that abalation surgery. He has never done this before but does do all kinds of surgery using laser for Orthopaedic surgery. I am unsure whether to do this as he does not do it the same way as some do up the Urethra there will be an incision. They said they can not do the surgery of 2-3 weeks and I am worried that this wait will help the cancer spread faster. I have not started Chemo and now am concerned when I read these posts that I should start the chemo ASAP. It is Christmas season and no one seems in any hurry to start her treatment except me. I took her to the Veterinary College who last week did the tissue biopsy to confirm TCC.

    • Laurie Kaplan / Dec 13 2014 9:56 am

      Sheila, if Tiffany was my dog I would (if possible) have the surgery done by a vet who has done it many times before. Have it done as soon as you can. If you cannot have the surgery done right away, give a dose or two of chemo in the meanwhile.

  26. Sheila Brayshaw / Dec 13 2014 10:12 am

    thank you this is what we have decided to do and am making an appointment at the Vet College on Monday
    Thank you for answering my post and I am going to buy your book as no one seems to know what to feed her here they said give her Hills ND. I know from my time working in Neuro that diet is very important and Hills has by products in it and don’t want to give her that
    There is no one here where I live or at the Vet College who does the ablation surgery.

  27. David Gregg / Jan 29 2015 3:00 pm

    My goldendoodle Bailey was diagnosed with Lymphoma November 2014. Based on what i read, we elected to go with prednisone for treatment. She is still doing well, we have adapted her diet to homemade food and a bit of kibble, with supplements provided each meal as well. I have read many cases of lymphoma in doodles, Bailey will be 9 in February.

  28. Sherry Gray / Nov 10 2015 2:01 am

    Our 10 yr old Cocker Spaniel went through 12 Chemo Treatments in 2014 ending September 2014 for Lymphoma. Now Dr said he is out of remission. His lymph nodes are swelling quickly. Dr said we could try Chemo again if he can tolerate it. He was sick in 2014 from it. He said it could give him 3-6 months and without Chemo 6 weeks. My husband doesn’t want him more sick than he is now. He is on Prednisone and Cyclophosphamide. We don’t know what to do. We don’t want him to suffer being sick from Chemo but I don’t want to lose him either. What is your opinion? Thank you verymuch. We are running out of time.

  29. Scott & Pat Potts / Nov 12 2015 8:09 pm

    To Sherry, I know it’s hard but think of him if he is sick on the Chemo and isn’t that sick on the meds, Keep him on the meds till he stops eating that is what we did with our Bo and he was happy the day he passed. that was 8 yrs ago, Now just 2 day ago we had to have our Mario put down because they couldn’t find what was wrong. Test after test and we just couldn’t watch him suffer anymore and had to make that choice to put him to sleep. It’s hard but think of him not your self, We waited a little to long not that long just about a week to long. And I feel a little bad from that, But now he’s in a better place. Running and jumping like he did before he got sick.
    I am so sorry for you and your Family
    It rips at your heart but he leave’s a
    a little piece of his heart with you.
    God Bless from The Potts family.

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