Hope’s Journey – Week 3

Hope’s chemotherapy treatment this week was a repeat of week 1.  He was given a drug called vincristine that requires a short visit to the oncologist for the injection.  He seems to tolerate it very well and has shown no side effects. 

He has only gained a few ounces since last week and during my research on b-cell lymphoma, also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, weight loss is not uncommon.  In fact, it is one of the symptoms of the cancer.  From what I’m reading, I think the cancer takes the body’s nutrition to support itself.  So, even if the dog is eating well, he can still lose weight.    I think I need to double my efforts in keeping food in his tummy. 

Another interesting fact I learned is that it is believed that a low carb diet can be beneficial for dogs with lymphoma because the cancer cells thrive on carbohydrates.  Since Hope is currently on a raw diet consisting of almost all meat, we are already ahead in that area.  It was suggested that dogs increase   omega-3 fatty acids.  Salmon oil is an excellent source of omega-3, so I just placed an order with www.onlynaturalpets.com along with an order of immune strengthener.

To read more about canine cancer and diet, I found an informative website called http://www.dogaware.com/health/cancer/

Next week’s chemotherapy will be different, requiring Hope to spend the day with the oncology department at Georgia Veterinary Specialists. 

Getting back to a low carbohydrate diet for dogs, one of my other dogs, Danny, a terrier mix, had demodectic mange when I adopted him.  Several friends suggested I put him on a raw diet to help control the mange.  They told me that the skin mites in demodectic mange eat the yeast in skin, causing the skin irritation.  A low carb diet virtually starves the mites to a manageable level.  After three years on a raw meat only diet, he has only had one relapse, and that was about two years ago.  To see him today you would never guess he once had mange.  I am becoming a strong believer in we are what we eat.

Stay tuned.







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