Hi Anne, I'm Dr. Deb. I will do my best to assist you today. That's pretty impressive that Noodle is doing so well after her surgery! I have a few questions to ask first, if you don't mind:1. Was a biopsy done of the tumor?2. Was her blood work normal before the surgery?3. Has it been repeated since the surgery?
There may be a slight delay after I receive your answers since I have to type up a response to you. Thanks for your patience. Deb
Hi Deb, The delay was mine:) The blood work was done before surgery and they told me she was anemic. They checked her blood during the 3 days she was there and before they released her when I went back for the 1 month check up they checked gums and visual vitality and hands on felt for anything a miss. Declared her doing VERY well. I asked about the biopsy and they said it was expensive and not conclusive. They did not do a biopsy because I am on a very limited budget.
Presently she is doing well, but sleeps a little more than I remember and is a little more hesitant about just running around. she is happy and appears to not be in any pain.
Thanks for your help, Anne
Something to consider for Noodle would be a cancer diet which is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. There is a prescription cancer diet (N/D) which could be given but you would have to purchase this diet from your vet...it's not available in stores. There haven't been any specific studies, though, that prove if it will help with this kind of cancer.
There are cancer diets listed on the internet but you have to be somewhat careful of them since they may not be balanced.
High doses of fish oil (fatty acids) are often recommended for their anti-oxidant properties but, again, no specific studies have been done to prove their effectiveness in slowing the progression of cancer.
Probiotics such as Forti Flora may be helpful; these products can help boost the immune system.
There are a number of spices shown to have anti-cancer activity.
Garlic --Try FRESH minced garlic - about 1 clove per 40 pounds of body weight. Be careful of the dose, though, since in large amounts, garlic can cause toxicity (anemia). A cbc (complete blood count) should be monitored regularly to monitor potential problems.
Turmeric, the yellow (and rather mild) spice that gives curry its yellow color, is a strong antioxidant. Turmeric is rather milder tasting than one would expect. Most dogs accept it readily. The dose of turmeric is high, up to one tablespoon daily for large dogs.
2. If this was a benign process such as a hematoma or multiple hematomas, then no additional supplemental support or dietary change is needed, in my opinion.
I've had multiple dogs through the years who've had splenectomies. One had her spleen removed 5 years ago (she bloated and her spleen had torsed). I've not supplemented her in any way, I feed her regular dog food and she's not had any issues with her health.
My 8 year old dog recently had a splenctomy with a diagnosis of hematoma; again, I haven't supplemented him (and don't plan on doing so) and he's doing fine.
A close friend has the same breed as mine who was diagnosed with an hemangiosarcoma after her splenectomy. She's doing better now than before her surgery but we both know that this won't last.
Believe it or not, there are some breeders that I know who are actually recommending prophylactic splenectomies in their young, large breed dogs to prevent the risk of splenic torsions, splenic cancer and splenic issues secondary to bloat. This may seem a little extreme but since dogs can function and live just fine without their spleens, I can understand why they would want to remove it to prevent serious problems in the future.
These breeders don't plan on supplementing after the surgery and I agree that it will not be necessary.
I hope this helps you and Noodle, of course. Deb
Thanks so much. That was wonderful information and very helpful.