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Your Questions About Black Lab Akita Mix

Richard asks…

Please help? My dog might have cancer…?

Hi, my family has an 8 year old male Black Lab/Akita mix named Shadow who weighs 110 lbs(he’s actually at a healthy weight, just very big!). He has been in good health for all of his life until just recently. Last year, he came back from inside limping on his left leg, so we took him to the vet and they said that it was just a sprained muscle. We got a pain medication for him from the vet and after he used it all up he was doing much better. A couple days ago, he came back from inside limping again- he was whining, wouldn’t eat, and didn’t lift his leg to urinate. We took him to the vet yesterday where they x-rayed his left left and told us that he had a soft-tissue tumor about the size of a clementine at the very base of his left leg right by his lower abdomen. They said that it was probably affecting his hip movement which caused him to limp, and that they probably didn’t want to operate on it because it was near many nerves and they didn’t want to risk messing anything else up. We scheduled a biopsy in two weeks so that we’ll know for sure if it’s benign or malignant. In the meantime, the vet gave us more pain medication for him and it works LIKE A CHARM. Almost instantly the next day, Shadow was back to his normal self, eating, NOT limping, and urinating as usual again. I was just wondering:

1. The pain medication seems to be working great. How long will it continue to work?

2. Can a benign soft tissue tumor continue to grow? If it is malignant, what is the best option? Any idea on how quickly it will grow/spread? I know surgery probably isn’t possible, but what about radiation & chemotherapy? Are those possible treatments worth it, meaning do they cause side effects that will make Shadow’s quality of life decrease?

3. Is there anything else that might help the tumor stop/slow down from growing, like pet vitamins or a different diet?

I’m sorry, I know this was extremely long. Thanks for the help : )

Sarah Jones answers:

For starters, I am sorry that your dog is sick. My dog was diagnosed with bone cancer a few months ago, and it has been devastating, but luckily, there are a few things you can do.
For starters, get online and look for Essiac Tea. You can get a pound of it from, which will last you a long time for only 20$. Brew it exactly as directed and depending on his weight, which based on the mix sounds like it would be around 80-100 pounds you mix a certain amount of ounces (if he is that weight it is three ounces in the morning an hour before breakfast, and 3 ounces before bed, atleast 2 hours after eating dinner – 3 ounces is the same as 6 tablespoons) with a 1/4 cup of boiled distilled water and give it to him on an empty stomach. Essiac tea has been proven to help shrink tumors for almost 100 years. Get him off commercial dog food, as it is likely that his cancer has been caused by it. Commercial dry dog food contains very high levels of carcinogens (cancer causing agents) including things like lead. Dog food is very dangerous and the best thing you can do is follow the diet on the website below. The dog that this website was dedicated to recovered from cancer in a very short period of time and the vets were shocked. It is the diet that my dog is on except I am giving her tofu instead of chicken. Chemo will decrease his quality of life, but if you get it in time, could save his life, that is a personal choice, I have opted not to because I don’t believe that it is the answer, but the guy in the website below did a few treatments. Please go here, it could save your dogs life

good luck, no matter what happens give him lots of love, and if he gets beyond saving, make sure you don’t let him suffer because you are scared to let him go. That is what I keep telling myself I will do if my girl gets to that point, I know that it will be hard, but with a little faith, perhaps neither of us will have to face that for a few more years 🙂

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Your Questions About Chihuahua Dachshund Mix Puppies

David asks…

Adopting a Chihuahua, Dachshund mix?

I went to my local shelter and found a 3 month year old Chihuahua, Dachshund mix puppy who is ABSOLUTELY adorable. My husband’s only worried that she’ll be hard to train, and bark a lot. can someone let me know what kinds of “attitude” these dogs usually have? what are the good and bad traits of both breeds. How do you think she’ll act at home?
all shelters have their dogs & cats spayed and nuetered before adoption. so that wont be a problem 🙂

Sarah Jones answers:

Daschunds don’t have much bad thing about then except that they can have back problems because of the length and chihuahua can bark a lot but you put these 2 breeds together there probably won’t be many problems.

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Your Questions About St. Bernard Beagle Mix

Daniel asks…

How to stop my dog from digging?

my dog is a 10 month old st. bernard beagle mix and lately he’s dug 3 holes in our flowerbed my dad says were gonna have to get rid of him if he does it again how can i stop him from digging

Sarah Jones answers:

Our establishment offers a “cut back” service for problem diggers. This is to where one of the front nails is purposly cut too short. It makes it sensitive and your dog wont dig. Ask your local vet or groomer if they can do this for you.

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Your Questions About Beagles Mixes To Adopt

Ruth asks…

Does anyone have any advice on getting my cat to get along with my new puppy?

The cat (Reno) is 7 yrs old and has never lived with kids or other animals. The puppy (Maggie) is a 9 week old beagle mix adopted from a shelter. Reno hisses and growls at Maggie and seems to come over because he’s jealous or just to tease the pup.

Sarah Jones answers:

Give it time to adjust. Sometimes it takes up to 6 months for cats to adjust to new animals

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Your Questions About Basenji Jack Russell Mix

Maria asks…

My dog has aggressive behavior towards our other dog,does anyone have any tips on how to to train her?

She is not aggressive all the time, just sometimes she gets a little out of hand. They are both females. She is a great dog but she can be hand full sometimes. I have a Basenji mix and a jack russell
They are both females, the bigger dog(basenji mix) sometimes attacks the smaller dog(jack russell) to where she hurts her. This usually happens when I’m around, almost like she wants to show off to me. She gets along well with the other dog when my mom or my brother are around. She had lots of problems chewing on stuff. They also don’t know how to share their toys, the bigger dogs gets mad when the little dog wants to play with the sane toy. Stuff like this happens when I’m around. I want her to have a better behavior and I’m not sure of what I should do. It doesn’t happen often.

Sarah Jones answers:

Are you sure your other one isn’t the problem?

I am asking because, well I really cant explain it. Here is the article that explained a lot to me about why other dogs told my dog to back off.

here are all the free articles and I highly recommend any dog owner read them or go to trainers that follow the same philosophy:

I really need to know more about what happens between the dogs. If you dont mind, can you post as much information as you can about their altercations. Be as detailed as possible.

Is the jack russell young or rude (I am not saying that to insult you by any means). If you read the say hi article above you understand what I am saying. I still cant tell much about the altercations. Is there a warning before the dog “hurts” the other dog? Note: Majority of the time there is, no dog just snaps.
If there is, the dog is telling the russell to back off and the russell isnt. And if the dog is giving a warning, the jack russell needs to be told by you to leave the other dog alone. Next time it happens, step in between before the episode escalates. This not only should stop the altercation, it should also signify you as a leader. I would also take the toy away at that time to say that behavior is unacceptable. It seems like the on set of resource guarding. If this is the case, here is a really good article that explains puppy behavior and how they learn:
This explains how the steping inbetween and taking of the resource will establish you as a leader:

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