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Maya is at day 10 from her amputation and she is doing really well. We have her first chemo treatment today and I have a list of questions for the oncologist, one of them being his reccomendations for a supplement like K9 immuntiy. I have seen that some pups here are on it and feel like its has been beneficial. Have people found their oncologists to be on-board with these types of supplements or are they doing it on their own? I would really like to give it a try but would feel very uncomfortable doing so without the blessing of Maya’s oncologist. Just curious about other peoples experience with this in dealing with the traditional vet community? Also any other suggestions for things I should ask about or look for on here first treatment day? Thanks alot!
-Kathy & Maya
25 April 2007
Maya & Kathy,
Our vet, Dr. Marie Mullins, is 110% on board with K9 Immunity . In fact, she started a very important clinical trial for them at the Santa Fe Vet Cancer Care clinic, of which I am participating.
You can read more about it here.
If your oncologist is not on board with it, or hasn’t heard of it, I would strongly suggest that s/he calls Aloha Medicinals and finds out what other oncologists he can talk to about it.
Good luck with your first treatment, we are sending you lots of love and well wishes.
Thanks for the info! My vet said he doesn’t reccommmend K9 immunity
but that it certainly could not hurt if I wanted to give it a try. I think I will check it out. Thanks
-Kathy & Maya
30 March 2008
Hello Maya and Kathy…just want to let you know that my vet did not believe in K9 Immunity either or anything that was not in black and white and had research attached to it. So when my Mom talked to him and he said the same thing as yours….he did not recommend it but could not tell my mom not to give it to me…she listened and respected his opinion but gave it to me anyway. It helped me a lot especially to keep me strong in between my chemo sessions. I had lots of energy (still do) and feel like most of it had to do with all the supplements my Mom gave me to keep my immune system up and running. So check out the K9 Immunity site and see if your pawrents feel like it is for you. Most of my supplements my Mom gives me are suggestions and recommendations from other tripawds on this site and all the wonderful links that Jerry provides here. Good luck to you and speedy recovery from your chemo!!!!
2 September 2008
Hi Kathy and Maya, That’s a question I struggled with too but ultimately after doing my own research we decided to go with it. His K9 immunity and TransFactor just arrived yesterday and I’m excited to start. I did not ask Cody’s oncologist about it. We are lucky that we live close to UW-Madison which has one of the strongest oncololgy departments in the country BUT when I inquired about adjusting his diet to a lower/no grain-higher protein diet they said "that’s not necessary, continue feeding what you are" which was basically commercial food…Hmmm, I thought, that goes against everything I have been researching. Of course, I didn’t listen to that.
Information is Gold. Combine the wise information your vet gives you with the best research you can find, add in your own gut feelings and that will be you personl best balance. I have found the book The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs by Shawn Messonnier to be an invaluable guide as well as this website and others. Cody had his first chemo 6 days ago and so far absolutely no problems. Knock on wood! Good luck with everything!
Cody and Cathy