12 year old whippet mix "Betty" has Canine TCC

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12 year old whippet mix "Betty" has Canine TCC

by Suzannej on Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:00 AM

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My 12 year old dog Betty is in great shape except for the TCC she was diagnosed with in mid-Febuary. I am debating Chemo, Radiation, holistic care, etc. She is on Piroxicam and a low-carb diet but now her Kidney enzimes are getting bad, they were fine before the change in diet & the piroxicam. Does anyone have any advice for me? I am so confused and i really want to make the right decision for Betty!

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by Doodlebug on Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:00 AM

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Sorry to hear the news..OUr Daisy has TCC too.  We decided NO with Chemo..and let her be comfortable.  In fact we had her on Perioxicam for 2 dyas and  all she did was PANT..so now just OMEGA 3 iol (you can get this in a flaxoil Algae based)  No kibbles, just boiled turkey or chicken with wet dog food ..broccoli or zuccinni chopped.  I would recommend a Hlistic

vet to help you through this.

 

Good luck-

 

Sandi

RE: 12 year old whippet mix "Betty" has Canine TCC

by Suzannej on Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:00 AM

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Thank you! Betty seems pretty happy, but her appetite is less, and there is blood in her urine. I just saw a herbal/accupuncture oriented vet that put her on maoke (spelling?) mushroom powder capsuls and a chinese herb. She is so on antibiotics, acidoph/bif. capsule to offset that 2x a day, thyroid meds in am, pepsid pm, and piroxicam every other pm. Oh, and a oatmeal, veggie, and meat diet. Apparently rabbit is one of the better meats with kidneys, and oats one of the better carbs with cancer. sigh, kind of a confusing food tightrope. Has anyone out there used chemo for their pup by the way? Suzanne

RE: 12 year old whippet mix "Betty" has Canine TCC

by Lts1028 on Tue May 22, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 3/24/2007 Suzanne.j wrote:

Thank you! Betty seems pretty happy, but her appetite is less, and there is blood in her urine. I just saw a herbal/accupuncture oriented vet that put her on maoke (spelling?) mushroom powder capsuls and a chinese herb. She is so on antibiotics, acidoph/bif. capsule to offset that 2x a day, thyroid meds in am, pepsid pm, and piroxicam every other pm. Oh, and a oatmeal, veggie, and meat diet. Apparently rabbit is one of the better meats with kidneys, and oats one of the better carbs with cancer. sigh, kind of a confusing food tightrope. Has anyone out there used chemo for their pup by the way? Suzanne

 

I just came across this article. My 9 year old schnauzer was diagnosed with TCC in December of 05. I am blessed that he is still with me. I had the tumor surgically removed immediately and he did chemo on and off for a duration of a year. He did wonderful. It slowed down the regrowth of the tumor. It did however come back. He has been on piroxicam for approximately 5 months now. I am starting to see blood in his urine though. I'm in the process if trying to figure out another route. He also developed mestasis on the abdominal wall after his surgery. I've had those removed several times but they are growing back fast and he is unable to have anymore surgeries. He only has one functioning kidney. He is on the k/d prescription diet and fatty acid pills daily. I'm looking for any suggestions also. I feel my oncologist has given up on him but I am not until he tells me he cant fight the cancer any longer. I am going to check into the hollistic medicine that everyone continues to talk about.

Laurie

RE: 12 year old whippet mix "Betty" has Canine TCC

by Butterball on Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 5/22/2007 Lts1028 wrote:

 

On 3/24/2007 Suzanne.j wrote:

Thank you! Betty seems pretty happy, but her appetite is less, and there is blood in her urine. I just saw a herbal/accupuncture oriented vet that put her on maoke (spelling?) mushroom powder capsuls and a chinese herb. She is so on antibiotics, acidoph/bif. capsule to offset that 2x a day, thyroid meds in am, pepsid pm, and piroxicam every other pm. Oh, and a oatmeal, veggie, and meat diet. Apparently rabbit is one of the better meats with kidneys, and oats one of the better carbs with cancer. sigh, kind of a confusing food tightrope. Has anyone out there used chemo for their pup by the way? Suzanne

 

I just came across this article. My 9 year old schnauzer was diagnosed with TCC in December of 05. I am blessed that he is still with me. I had the tumor surgically removed immediately and he did chemo on and off for a duration of a year. He did wonderful. It slowed down the regrowth of the tumor. It did however come back. He has been on piroxicam for approximately 5 months now. I am starting to see blood in his urine though. I'm in the process if trying to figure out another route. He also developed mestasis on the abdominal wall after his surgery. I've had those removed several times but they are growing back fast and he is unable to have anymore surgeries. He only has one functioning kidney. He is on the k/d prescription diet and fatty acid pills daily. I'm looking for any suggestions also. I feel my oncologist has given up on him but I am not until he tells me he cant fight the cancer any longer. I am going to check into the hollistic medicine that everyone continues to talk about.

Laurie


 

Laurie,

 

I read your mssg and I couldnt help but compare you to what i'm going through and how I feel right about now. My bullie  was diagnosed with TCC and had the surgery in Jan 09, followed by chemo and piroxicam and pepcid ac. I also changed her diet to a protein rich diet.She has been treated for about 5 months now and about a  week ago, she had a follow up ultrasound and x-ray. The oncologist said they want to recheck in 3 weeks because the shape of her kidneys changed and also, the ultrasound showed some kind of mass or tumor in the stomach ( and she thinks it may be stomach cancer) At this point, I don't know what to do anymore... I do want to give my bullie the best treatment and whatever possible to keep her healthy and happy but this is a huge financial burden to me... Unfortunately, my baby does not have pet insurance and to make matters worse, her  oncologist is more interested in what she gets paid for each procedure. I don't know how much more surgeries, ultrasounds I can afford at this point... To make matters worse, she is a bit fatigued and I have to fight her to walk.. Her appetite is normal and when she plays, she runs around and seems fine. I don't know if I need to change her diet or if something more serious...

I don't know how everything turned out for you... I do feeland understand all you may be going through good and bad... I pray and would love to hear everything turned out well and I'd appreciate any information on  just about anything and everything... Betty, how she is coping or coped, diet, medications, just anything would be so much help... i'm just so devastated but i'm praying and i'm hopeful my bullie will make it..

 Kelly

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