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Old 24th July 2001, 05:23 PM
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Unhappy Homeopathy or Traditional Med for Mast Cell?

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 !
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Old 25th July 2001, 06:06 AM
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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.
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Old 25th July 2001, 10:37 AM
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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.
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Old 25th July 2001, 10:49 AM
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Try this site:


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!

Old 25th July 2001, 11:53 AM
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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
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Old 25th July 2001, 12:59 PM
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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.....

Old 25th July 2001, 01:14 PM
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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.
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Old 25th July 2001, 05:20 PM
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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

Immune Support

Canines in Crisis - Diet and Supplements

Many good links on Cancer here

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.

Old 25th July 2001, 06:24 PM
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Thumbs up

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

Old 25th July 2001, 06:42 PM
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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.

Old 27th July 2001, 02:06 PM
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Radiation Therapy

Pisu, my boxer, is 6 years old. In Sept'00 we found at one of his back legs a mast cell tumor Grade II. The Vet removed it, and we looked for further treatment in US, since in Canada was not available at that time. We found one Oncologist, who seems to be one of the top oncologists for animals. His information is below. We just called him up, talked to him, and he called us in for treatment. We solved it with radiation therapy. Pisu had all the tests done for bone marrow, lymph nodes, blood work, and X-rays, and the tumor has not spread. His leg is fine, even though circulation is not perfect yet. I hope this helps.

Veterinary Specialists
825 White Spruce Blvd.
Rochester, NY, 14623-1617
Ph: (716) 424-1260
Fax: 716-424-1335
Dr. Robert C. Rosenthal, DVM, PhD

In terms of price, the therapy is US$2,500, and they are working with the hotel next door, so you and your dog can stay together over the treatment period.