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I have purchase Echinacea root powder and not sure how much to give my dog. Toy Australian Shepherd, weight 35lbs, 19 months old He has a tumor and wanting to build his immune system.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Also want to give him colostrum and Mangosteen. Not sure how much. The article I read did not say how much just what to use.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

In regards ***** ***** question, the Echinacea root powder can be dosed at a dose of 1.5 grams daily for a dog of this weight. Otherwise, for colostrum powder this can be dosed at 636mg daily for his weight. Finally, Mangosteen juice is usually given at a volume of 1/2 teaspoon twice a day

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I purchased capsules not juice....?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Fair enough. Do you have a milligrams per tablet dose or brand that I can refer to?

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
500mg
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Thank you,

In that case, for a dog this size, we'd need to give ~300mg or 2/3rds of a tablet daily.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
FYI...The reason I've decided to put my dog on these herbs is because recently Buddy was diagnosed with cancer. 19 months old Australian Shepherd is awfully young to have cancer but unfortunately he does . Doctors recommendation is that buddy goes through extensive therapy to treat this sarcoma that he has developed. He also states that Buddy only has eight months to a year to live even if he undergoes the treatment. I'm second-guessing and I guess wanting a second opinion on why I should put him through all of this anxiety and pain if it is not going to give him a better quality of life and a longer life. I had been researching natural remedies for dogs with cancer. What is your opinion as far as going forward with the extensive radiation and chemo therapy for 18 straight weeks?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Hello again,

I agree that Buddy is quite young but we sadly see this with young dogs and even children. Its just a terrible situation.

In regards ***** ***** vet's treatment suggestions, I think it is important to know that cancer treatment in dogs is different from people. It is similar drugs and equipment but we don't treat at the same high doses that they do in human medicine. This is because we cannot tell our patients that current discomfort or sickness they feed is for a greater good down the line They just don't understand that. So, when we treat cancer patients in veterinary medicine, we actually aim to make sure that dog is comfortable and happy while we treat. This may mean we get remission and not cure but we make sure those dogs are comfortable while we treat.

In fact, before I was even a vet, I did work for a period of time as a radiation nurse for pets and I can tell you they were happy to come visit because each visit was a treatment but we made sure there were treats and toys and lots of attention. (And since we do sedate for radiation, they only knew that they had an injection, got sleepy, and then woke up for treat time). And it was similar for those occasions I was in the chemo ward (though we don't need sedation then since they have a catheter --so its only one poke with the needle when that is put in). So, its not as intensive, scary, or unpleasant as it is for people. And I would suggest considering speaking to the local oncologist and see if you can visit and see how they run things if this is an option you'd potentially want to consider with him.

Take care,

Dr. B.

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