Discussing Questions And Answers About Dog Diet Lymphoma

Lisa asks…

Has anyone given their dog chemo and what was the exp and?

Out come? My dog has Mast Cell #3 and its hard to decide if any of it is worth it.

Jimmy answers:

I did chemo for my dog that had lymphoma. He lived a year and 1/2 longer than he should have as the oncologist said without it he wouldnt make it past 3 months. He showed no side effects to the chemo aside from being tired. None of the normal people side effects. I also changed his diet giving him tons of cancer fighting supplements, veggie mush, and ground chicken. Good luck with your baby. If you have any questions about the chemo feel free to write me.

Mark asks…

What can I expect as my great dane’s lymphoma progresses?

He was diagnosed Oct 15, 2010, is on prednisone. He has golf ball size nodes under neck, as well as bilateral shoulders and behind knees. Was given between two weeks and three months. We are past the two week mark, and so far he seems to feel fine. What do i need to expect?

Jimmy answers:

Firstly, I’m sorry you and he are enduring this. Seize every minute you have with him. Feed beef, chicken and FreshPet and other delicious options low in carbohydrate. Add fish oil capsules to his diet, at least 1,400 mg of omega 3 fatty acids total (read the labels). Go to the park. Take lots of pictures! I enjoyed keeping a journal of memories of my old babies in the past.

Lymphoma is responsive roughly in half the cases to chemotherapy, and I’ve seen many dogs withstand it with very few side effects. It is not responsive to radiation therapy. This is dependent on the degree of metastasis or spread. If it’s affected any of his organs, he’s of geriatric age, or he’s in poor health, chemo may not be an option.

They have many good days and then some really bad days. On good days, they are playful, seek attention, eat well, enjoy interaction, can go on walks. On really bad days, they don’t want to eat, they’re lethargic, they need help to get outside and potty, and don’t want to do anything. The bad days are hard, but until they have simultaneous bad days with no good days in between, we continue to support them and share life with them.

It’s definitely an emotional roller coaster, as they don’t clearly decline or improve in one direction. But dogs are tough, resilient, loving creatures, and they hold on until they’re ready. They let us know by no longer enjoying their favorite things in life anymore. The difficult part for you will definitely be transporting him on days he’s weak.

If he still enjoys toys, it’s definitely invigorating for them to get a new toy every couple weeks. A pointer mix patient really loved her new big snake, or octopus, or hedgehog, whenever she came in for treatment. Definitely boosted her, she’d rouse enough to tug and pull it for many minutes.

Sometimes, lymphadenopathy, or swollen lymph nodes, decreases, and your dog survives another 3 months or a year. With a giant breed, it may be closer to 3 months.

Enjoy the time you have with him.

Ken asks…

Does diet coke dehydrate the body, and make you hungry?

I am trying to switch to water instead of 4 to 5 diet cokes a day.
Could i expect to loose some weight? What are the benifits of
drinking water and cutting out the diet coke?

Jimmy answers:

I copied this article from a website for you to read..
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Although Diet Coke has a strong association with sport and health, it is actually a worrying mixture of neurotoxic and potentially carcinogenic high intensity sweeteners (aspartame and acesulfame K), tooth and bone destroying acids (phosphoric acid) and DNA damaging colourings (sulphite ammonia caramel), as well as psychoaddictive caffeine and other undisclosed ‘fl avourings’.

It also contains sodium benzoate, which can be broken down into the listed carcinogen benzene in the presence of strong acids, such as the citric acid found in this product.

Soda manufacturers have been aware of this synergistic possibility since the 1990s, but without pressure from regulatory authorities to change their formula to prevent the formation of benzene, have continued to mix benzoates and acids.

Ironically, the high fructose syrups used in regular drinks seem to slow this reaction down, and the formation of benzene appears to be most problematic in diet drinks.

Ingredients Purpose
Adverse Effects
Aspartame Sweetener
Breaks down easily in heat and during storage to its neurotoxic components phenylalanine, aspartic
acid and methyl alcohol. According to the FDA aspartame is associated with headaches, dizziness,
loss of balance, mood swings, nausea, memory loss, muscle weakness, blurred vision, fatigue,
weakness, skin rashes, joint and musculoskeletal pain. (For a full report on aspartame toxicity see the
Ecologist September 2005). The most recent evidence shows that aspartame ingested at levels that
are currently found in daily soft drink consumption raises the risk of otherwise rare brain tumours
known as lymphomas.
Acesulfame K Sweetener Causes cancer in animals. Acetoacetamide, a breakdown product, has been shown to affect the
thyroid gland in rats, rabbits, and dogs. Although it is commonly blended with aspartame to cover its bitter taste, there are no studies to show if the combination is safe or whether it produces other toxic by-products.
Phosphoric acid Acidifier Can contribute to erosion of tooth enamel; leaches calcium from bones. Children with high intake of phosphoric acid suffer from brittle bones and a higher risk of fractures that follow them throughout life. Children consuming at least six glasses (1.5 litres) of phosphoric acid-containing soft drinks daily have more than five times the risk of developing low blood levels of calcium, compared to children who don’t drink sodas.
Citric acid Preservative,
acidifier On its own relatively harmless, though it can be harsh on tooth enamel. When mixed with potassium
or sodium benzoate (see below) during storage, and especially at raised temperatures, it can aid the
formation of carcinogenic benzene.
Caffeine Flavouring A stimulant, psychoactive compound that can provoke mood changes, lethargy and headache.
Caffeine is addictive and ingestion of high levels can cause miscarriage as well as contribute to peptic ulcers and heart ailments. At the levels added to soft drinks caffeine adds virtually no flavour but does, if consumed regularly, trigger caffeine addiction. Children consuming caffeine have higher incidences of illness, headaches, sleep problems and iron depletion. A 330ml bottle of cola contains
about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee.
Sodium Benzoate (E211) Preservatives People who suffer from asthma, rhinitis or urticaria may find their symptoms get worse following the consumption of benzoates. In acidic solutions (such as sodas), benzoates can break down into benzene, a known carcinogen. Surveys have shown that levels in soft drinks can be up to 40 times
higher than recognised ‘safe’ doses.
Sulphite ammonia
caramel (E150d) Colouring Made by heating sugar, ammonia and sulphite-containing compounds, the sugar can sometimes come from GM maize. Ammonia is toxic by all routes of exposure, and caramels made by an
ammonia process may damage genes, slow down growth, cause enlargement of the intestines and kidneys and may destroy vitamin B. This colouring has never been fully evaluated for its potential carcinogenicity or reproductive toxicity.

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