Last week my dobe “Jenna” had a tumor removed from her ear. The biopsy came back and sure enough, my dog was diagnosed with cancer.
I rescued Jenna from the Doberman Rescue at around the age of 2 and she turned 9 in 2011. She was very, very high strung and came to me with many issues.
Some of the obvious problems on the outside were flaky, scaly, bumpy skin which would later include thinning, wrinkled skin.
She was incontinent, toy possessive and would also eat stool aka Coprophagia. After numerous visits to the vet (conventional vet) she was also diagnosed with a heart murmur and dilated cardio myopathy which is very common in dobermans and very serious as well.
The vet placed her on Proin for her incontinence and told me that Jenna would only live maybe 6 months tops. That was 5 years ago.
As time went on, Jenna’s skin grew worse and I decided to switch to a holistic veterinarian and I’m very glad that I did. The conventional vet that had been treating Jenna, was afraid of her and Jenna knew it. The vet was completely uncomfortable with Jenna who believe me is a teddy bear of a doberman.
Her new holistic vet diagnosed Jenna with a heart murmur (not cardio myopathy though) and hypothyroidism which explained the skin problems. She was also diagnosed with kidney failure. I couldn’t believe it. I remember thinking – “boy, where did that come from”?
She was placed on thyroid medicine along with Chinese herbs and fish oil. She did very well for awhile.
My Dog’s Cancer Diagnosis
My dogs get regular make overs weekly. What I mean is, they get their ears cleaned and teeth done (daily) and regular grooming. Jenna developed a lump in her ear that I noticed, but it was rather small, so I didn’t worry too much about it. I kept my eye on it.
To my surprise, a month later it doubled in size. We made a trip to her holistic vet who took a sample from the tumor which came back benign. Jenna’s immune system was very weak (not evident to me) which concerned her vet. The vet indicated that she wasn’t confident in the test results simply because the tumor had grown so rapidly and she immediately placed her on a RX vitamin.
Wow, Jenna felt great! I’m always amazed how everything in life becomes like wall paper. I mean Jenna seemed o.k. to me before this happened, but she obviously wasn’t, but after taking these vitamins for a couple of days, she felt very good and strong. It’s easy to take things for granted and dogs are masters at hiding things.
We decided to have the tumor removed from her ear and biopsied. Unfortunately, the results of the biopsy weren’t what we wanted to hear. The tumor was malignant and this type of dog cancer is slow growing, but almost always returns.
What’s Next For Jenna
Jenna’s vet devised a plan for Jenna’s cancer diagnosis that include both conventional and non-conventional methods of prevention such as botanical neutraceuticals, supplements, nutrition and so on.
Jenna’s a tough girl and she’s in pretty good hands too. 😮 This page includes some excellent tips to prevent your dog from developing cancer and things you should should do now if your dog was recently diagnosed with the disease.
Update: My sweet Jenna crossed the rainbow bridge in 2013 due to complications stemming from Pancreatitis and not cancer. My beautiful girl will be missed tremendously. RIP Jen.