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 MountainRoseHerbs.com, 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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