Sometimes you just need some Good News, am I right? Especially if you have a dog with cancer.
Well, I have a wonderful story to share with you, about a dog named Honey who not only beat her cancer but lived well past her “expiration date.”
If you’ve read The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, you know that we include dozens of “True Tails.” These little snippets of stories from former readers are meant to inspire and inform and make the reader feel supported by other dog lovers.
On page 166, you’ll find the following True Tail from Lyn in New York City.
Honey the Dog’s True Tail of T-Cell Lymphoma
“My mixed breed/pitt was diagnosed with t-cell lymphoma in October 2009 when she was nine and a half years old. At that time I found The Dog Cancer Survival Guide on the internet and have used it as my guide to Full Spectrum treatment.
That has included a full course of chemo (Wisconsin Protocol, and recently a modified second course).
As soon as our vet was sure she was able to handle the chemo with little side effects, I added a number of complementary protocols based on Dr. Dressler’s book: we switched to grain-free dog food (a mix of wet and dry) and ordered Apocaps (at that time it was still distributed in powder form). I also incorporated K-9 Immunity caps and Salmon Oil into her food.
As it is difficult to get a dog to take the caps, I open them and add to her food. In the case of the Apocaps – which she gets twice a day half hour before meals – she gets the cap contents mixed with small bits of boiled chicken in the chicken broth – and loves it.
Everything else (we have recently added liver and joint support meds proscribed by our vet) is crushed and added with the K-9 Immunity to her dried food, which is then pre-bagged for an entire week’s servings and added to her wet food.
Although this seems complicated, we have it quite organized, and she has been thriving so far.
I think it is necessary to mention that there is a significant financial cost to taking this path. In our case, I believe the complementary protocols – particularly Apocaps and the K-9 Immunity caps – are what kept Honey’s immune system strong enough to hit the lymphoma hard (we were told t-cell was an aggressive form), and we have had the resources (and ongoing results) to make that decision an easy one.
Our primary vet told us that Honey only had a few months without treatment, and our oncologist was wary because it was the t-cell, not b-cell, variety. It’s now a full year and a half since her initial diagnosis and I’m hoping she can make it through at least one more summer so she can go up to our lake and muck around with the frogs and chase chipmunks again.”
And here’s the text of an email I received from Lyn in early 2015:
From: Lyn P*****
Just wanted you to know that Honey the Dog, featured in your book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, passed away peacefully this week. She was 16+ years old. Diagnosed with cancer and treated with chemo over 5 years ago, on Apocaps and K-9 Immunity ever since. She wagged her tail until the end 🙂
That’s an amazing achievement, and one we should celebrate. There really is hope for dogs with cancer!
As always, quality of life is the goal. If you don’t have a copy of Dr. Dressler’s amazing book, I think you should get one. I know it’s helped me personally, and hundreds of thousands of dogs over the years.
If you have your own True Tail you would like to share, please let me know in the comments or on this page.
Editor, The Dog Cancer Survival Guide
The book that Lyn used to plan Honey’s full spectrum cancer plan is less than $10 in digital form and sold everywhere fine books are sold.
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Molly Jacobson is a writer and also the editor of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, published by Maui Media. A lifelong dog lover and self-professed dog health nerd, she is all too familiar with dog cancer. She has been supporting readers of this blog since the beginning. Molly earned a BA from Tufts University, and after a career in bookselling and book publishing attended The Swedish Institute to become a licensed massage therapist in New York State, licensed by the medical board. Her fascination with health is both personal and global, and she is most proud of how this site and the associated publications have revolutionized not only our approach to dog health, but our own health.