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Homeopathy or Traditional Med for Mast Cell?

Discussion in 'Dog Health issues and questions' started by aropple, Jul 25, 2001.

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  1. aropple

    aropple Boxer Pal

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    Molly the boxer-dog has been diagnosed as having had two Grade 2 mast cell tumors removed from her back legs last week. I have read up on treatment protocols using traditional medicine, and have heard of several anecdotal experiences of homeopathic treatment. Does anyone out there have strong opinions on the preferred mode of treatment ? I can't seem to find information about homeopathic cancer treatments that goes beyond anecdote & sales pitch. Also, how much should we be worrying at this point ? I'd be interested in learning how long other dogs with this problem have lived and the treatments they received. We are heartbroken as we just adopted this dog 1.5 yrs ago for my mother, who passed away from cancer last March, and are quite attached to the little girl. Any information is greatly appreciated !
     
  2. Storri

    Storri Boxer Insane

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    I do not have any help for you, but I just wanted to tell you that I am sorry that you are having to deal with this and I hope that you find a treatment that will give your little girl a long and happy life.

    You will be in our prayers. Boxer hugs & kisses from Joe.
     
  3. Brutus and Amaya's Mom

    Brutus and Amaya's Mom Boxer Insane

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    I personally would go with modern medicine. I would due it with myself so why would I treat the dogs differently? Who out there thinks Suzanne Somers is crazy for trying to heal her breast cancer with homeopatic medicine versus chemo therapy? Who takes allergy medication for their own hayfever and allergies?

    I know that homeopathic medicine can be very beneficial to people and pets. But I trust in science and doctors for my own health and my pets.

    There have been many boxres on this board with tumors and once they are removed they go on to live happy lives. Don't be to worried and enjoy your baby.
     
  4. Alisha Mobley

    Alisha Mobley Boxer Insane

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    Try this site:

    http://www.listservice.net/wellpet/

    It's a mailing list that has many people who are quite knowledgable in homeopathic treatment.

    If it wasn't for this list my male Boxer would still be taking daily meds for a thyroid condition that was easily fixed thru diet alone.;)

    Good Luck!
     
  5. cls

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    mast cell tumor

    My experience with mast cell tumor was with Doug Fir my cat who lived at my place of work a lumber and hardware store. We started out with traditional medicine when he was 10months and they cut the tumor out. It started to come back and that is when i changed to homeopathy. He lived for 10 years until finally the cancer took over and i had to have him euthanized. I believe that the natural medicine and diet is what kept him alive for so long. It was no moe expensive than a traditional vet would of been. I wish u and your baby the best . cls
     
  6. JulieM

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    Why not treat it homeopathically? Under the care of a skilled practitioner, it will not cause any harm (unlike conventional cancer treatments), and you can continue to monitor it and if it gets to the point where you feel the homeopathy isn't doing anything, *then* you can go the conventional route.

    The only experience I have with cancer is a friend's Boxer who had a spleen tumor, went through radiation treatment, and then had several seizures as a result of the treatment.....
     
  7. ninersneal

    ninersneal Super Boxer

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    My Roxanne had stage 1 mast cell. I cannot find the thread which gave out links to web pages regarding this. Was it Krikkit who responded? Anyway, there was alot of great information. I personally would do both. I have been contemplating a BARF diet with Omega-3 supplements. I know with human cancer patients diet is extremely important.
    Can anyone find the thread?? It wasn't started by me so I am not sure where to look.
     
  8. Krikkit

    Krikkit Boxer Insane

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    Ninersneal, I'm not sure of the articles but here are a few which are useful:

    Nutrition for Dogs with Cancer
    http://www.b-naturals.com/sum98.htm

    Immune Support
    http://www.thensome.com/therbal.htm

    Canines in Crisis - Diet and Supplements
    http://www.usexpress.net/users/tres/diet.html

    Many good links on Cancer here
    http://boxerworld.com/links/Veterinary_Sites/Cancer/

    FWIW we always go the 'alternate' route with ourselves and our Boxers :) The are exceptions but a great deal of research and thought goes into the treatment options we take. When Rebel had Lymphosarcoma we used traditional and alternate treatments with full support and help from the Oncologist. I beleive if we had only gone with traditional treatment Rebel would have gone to the bridge very soon after diagnosis.

    If you do use homeopathic treatments along with traditional treatments the Vet / Oncologist and Homeopathic Practitioner should all be aware of what is being given. Homeopathic / Alternate medicines and treatments are quite potent in thier own right and using these along with your standard drugs / treatments can cause many problems.
     
  9. ninersneal

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    Yes, Sharon those were the links, thanks. When I put in a new hard drive I didn't save my bookmarks.
    Janine
     
  10. JillHoover1

    JillHoover1 Boxer Pal

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    My boxer baby, Koko, had 6 mast cell tumors grade 2 removed in March. We then were referred to an oncologist, who did a "buffy coat test" which came back negative. I decided to do nothing in the way of chemo & the Dr. agreed.
    I do supplement her diet with Tagamet, Vit E,Selium(sp). Multi-vit. Beta Carotene & fish oil. We saw the Dr. again for follow-up in July & he was surprised how wonderful she is doing & no return of tumors. I'm to keep checking her daily for any new growths, otherwise we do not have to go back until October. I still feel stress, like the loss of a loved one causes cancer to develop. Praying your test results on the margins will be good. I would use chemo only if absolutely necessary.
     
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