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Osteosarcoma treatment w/ Aredia
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8 May 2012 - 6:37 am
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I took Sophie back for her second Aredia treatment on the 23rd.  She's down to 165 from 180 which has helped considerably with the amount of weight she places on her right front leg.  I haven't noticed any noticeable difference in her limp, but the tumor has not grown (at least visably anyway).  I've added a couple of things to her diet:  Nupro, alfalfa and Beta Glutan.  Her spirit and appetite are excellent, so after her diagnosis on 3/31, things are looking good.  Anyone know of any herbal or holistic meds that might help with the pain.  I'm using Reiki, which she absolutely loves.  It's to the point now at night that if I don't get down on the floor with her, she will either come up and plop down at my feet or stand in front of me, hitting me with paw as if to say, "OK dad, it's time."

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8 May 2012 - 9:24 am
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Wow, that's a lot of weight loss, congratulations! How did you get her to lose the weight? So glad to hear she's doing well.

We did write this article in our Nutrition blog that might help in  your search for herbal pain relief.

"Homeopathy and Pain Relief for Tripawds"

You may want to ask others about pain relief using holistic meds in our Eating Healthy Forum too.

Tripawds Founders Jim and Rene
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13 June 2012 - 9:35 am
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A little update on Sophie.  Her tumor has grown about 1/2 inch, and she has slowed down her activity level just a little.  Her apetite and spirit are awesome.  The second Aredia treatment did not seem to do much for her as her limping has become a bit worse.  However, she will still take off on a full gallop to chase a squirrell or a rabbit.  I have Sophie on a complete holistic diet and I'm thinking of eliminating the brown rice and substituting many more low carb type veggies.  I've got her on the Budwig Diet and supplementing with Nupro and curcumin , but not sure if that is making a huge difference.  We are almost into three months since the original diagnosis, so I'm pretty happy considering we have not done chemo or amputation.  She loves Reiki, sitting in the sun, and of course, eating.  Am I too optimistic in thinking she can live another six months if we decide to put her on cytoxan and forgo chemo? There are no mets whatsoever, so that is great news.

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13 June 2012 - 12:54 pm
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That is good news that there are no mets. I'm not really sure about using cytoxan for treating the original tumor. I don't honestly remember hearing of anyone doing that before.

Have you looked into artemisinin - it's a holistic treatment. (Did I already mention this before to you? I forget everything lately...) You can't use it while a dog is having radiation treatments, but not sure about using it during Aredia treatments. (I don't really know what that is.

There is a woman on the Yahoo Group "artemisinin_and_cancer" with a great Dane who has been doing amazingly well on artemisinin . She did not do the amp, and I believe the dog is still around (I'm not on the group anymore since losing our pup) and coming up on 2 years past her Dx. Penny & Jane are their names. She posted the protocol she uses with the dog in the group's files. It's VERY detailed, but it's certainly working for her.

All the best,

Jackie, Angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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27 June 2012 - 7:54 pm
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Well, Sophie is doing great!  The tumor has not grown in size for the past three weeks.  I found something called Curamin which seems to have really made a difference with her pain.  I've noticed that for the past couple of weeks she is putting almost her full weight on her right front foot, whereas before she was noticeably trying to keep weight off of it.  I'm starting her with artemisinin , butyrex and vitamin D-3 tonight.  I have taken almost all carbs from her diet and give her the budwig protocal mid day in addition to adding Nupro to her meals in the morning and evening.  I'm not doing any kind of cancer treatment with the vet at this point and she seems in fine spirits and loves to go out for walks in the field near our home.  Keeping positive thoughts and prayers for a miracle!

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10 August 2012 - 8:53 pm
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Well, here we are, 4 1/2 months since Sophie's original diagnosis and she's doing great.  No chemo treatments and just 2 Aredia treatments in mid April.  I've got her on my original homemade diet with very low carbs, fish oil, Revesterol, Atremisinin, Curamin, Nupro powdered supplement and the Budwig diet.  The vet is amazed that she is doing so well.  The tumor has grown about 3/4" since the end of March, which I guess can be suspected.  She still goes out for short jogs in the yard and will go out and play with our other two dogs.  I'm so thankful I've had so much additional time with her and she seems to be enjoying life.

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11 August 2012 - 9:16 am
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Wow, Sophie is indeed a miracle girl! That is wonderful news, thanks for making us smile today! Plus, this is great info for people considering the use of Aredia, thanks for contributing to the knowledgebase here.

Sophie's story reminds me so much of the story of Abby, who is the inspiration for the book, "One More Day." It's wonderful reading if you're interested.

I meant to tell you in your last post, we would really love to hear more about her diet and supplements. If you are interested in writing a simple guest blog post about it for our Nutrition blog , please PM me and I'll give you the details.

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11 August 2012 - 4:41 pm
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Congratulations! Always good to hear a wonderful update!

Keep on kicking butt, Sophie!
Jackie, angel Abby's mom

Abby: Aug 1, 2009 – Jan 10, 2012. Our beautiful rescue pup lived LARGE with osteosarcoma for 15 months – half her way-too-short life. I think our "halflistic" approach (mixing traditional meds + supplements) helped her thrive. (PM me for details. I'm happy to help.) She had lung mets for over a year. They took her from us in the end, but they cannot take her spirit! She will live forever in our hearts. She loved the beach and giving kisses and going to In-N-Out for a Flying Dutchman. Tripawds blog, and a more detailed blog here. Please also check out my novel, What the Dog Ate. Now also in paperback! Purchase it at Amazon via Tripawds and help support Tripawds!

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12 August 2012 - 3:11 am
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This is wonderful news.  Keep enjoying this extra, special time with Sophie. 

 

Karen and Spirit Magnum

Magnum: 30th May 2002 to 5th May 2012. Lost her back left leg to osteosarcoma on 5th Sep 2011. Lung mets found on 20th Mar 2012 but it was bone mets in the hip that ended her brave battle. Magnum's motto - "Dream as if you'll live for ever, live as if you'll die today" (James Dean). Loyal, loving, courageous and spirited to the end. My beloved heart dog, see her memoirs from Rainbow Bridge ...... http://princess.....pawds.com/

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