Angus the Irish Wolfhound
In January of 2014, my Irish Wolfhound Angus (4½ yrs old) developed a golf ball sized tumor on his lower left hock. We had just found out that his sibling died of Osteosarcoma after just a month. Since we were aware of what it was, we quickly called out oncologist and got an appointment for the next day. X-rays confirmed it was indeed Osteosarcoma (the most common type of cancer that arises in bones) and that we needed to act quickly with amputation and chemotherapy.
My first reaction as a nurse was to cut the tumor out and go with Chemo. However the survival time between that invasive treatment vs palliative treatment was maybe 3 months and they really had never treated an Irish Wolfhound before. My husband and I went home, discussed with our breeder and decided on the palliative treatment. I did not want my beautiful boy Angus to live with 3 legs because running and playing was what he loved doing, especially at our farm.
The vet was less than thrilled at our decision , actually downright rude however we proceeded with the “cocktail” which included Deramax, Tramadol, Gabapentin and IV Pamidronate monthly. The Pamidronate, an osteoporosis drug helps keep the tumor from breaking the leg bone. We also started him on a 7 mushrooms mix called MUSH. The Chinese mushrooms work as anti inflammatory’s and anti cancer/tumor.
I posted on Facebook what was happening and a friend said to look at the Turmeric Users Site (TUG). I did and immediately started him on organic powdered Turmeric, organic cold pressed coconut oil and freshly ground pepper. We immediately felt the heat go away in the tumor and no limping.
In 8 months, we have continued this regime and the tumor has not grown, Angus has not limped and continues to act completely normal for a 5 yr old Irish Wolfhound. We did run out of Turmeric once and noticed heat in the tumor so we doubled up on the turmeric and heat was gone. Every time we think there might be heat we up the amount of Turmeric.
He is currently on 2 large tablespoons of the turmeric mix twice a day, which we refrigerate to harden (see below for Anne’s recipe). Angus is raw fed and has been since a pup which I think has helped his stomach tolerate the Deramax. Because the amount of the Turmeric mix is so much we actually break it up and give it to him like a pill. Prior to giving the mixture we always grind about 6-7 grinds of fresh black pepper to aid in his digestion.
We have opted not to take him off any of the meds, however we have reduced the Tramadol significantly. I have no idea if his longevity is the combination of all of these products or the fact that it’s due to the turmeric when I started to see the biggest change!
All I know is that there is an option if you choose not to Amputate or do Chemo.
Turmeric Mix (what I do)
In a warmed pot, I add enough Turmeric and coconut oil to make a thick paste. After thoroughly warming the paste, I pour it in a bowl or pan and refrigerate. Once hardened I cut it up into squares or pieces. Start with a small amount as you need to work up to a maintenance dose which you decide based on your dog! Before I give it I grind black pepper on it starting again with 1 or 2 grinds increasing as you increase your dose of Turmeric. The MUSH powder goes into his food.
You may find that your dog has increased activity and in Australia they call it the Fizzies. Turmeric also works wonderfully for arthritis in your dog as well as yourself.
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(Image and story by Anne Kichline Howell)
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