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Our pets are our best friends. Their health, happiness and longevity are directly
connected to their diet.
This is a picture of my wonderful SAM (Sam Man) who, sadly, was diagnosed on July
13, 2009 with the aggressive blood and mass tumor cancer, hemangiosarcoma. At that
time he was given a maximum of 6 to 8 weeks to survive.
Upon learning of his diagnosis I weighed the alternatives and decided against chemo.
Instead I headed to the Internet for considerable research and discussions with
holistic doctors. I then formulated a diet nearly free of carbohydrates and packed
with anti-oxidant and blood building additives. If any of you have suggestions,
please share by contacting me.
By mixing the food at home I could control and omit grains (corn, wheat, rice, oats
and soy products) because cancer cells thrive on carbohydrates, I understand. I
also wanted to stay away from “natural flavoring”, “animal by-products”, “animal
digest” and so many other questionable things that are often added to commercial
dog food. I learned that RAW diets more closely resemble the needs of a dog. They
are carnivores, after all. It contains enzymes and minerals that are not cooked
away in processed food.
So, this was SAM’s RAW diet.
Ground turkey breast, or ground beef
Egg yolks (no whites)
Broccoli and carrots chopped and put into the blender
Maitake* mushroom, fresh but extract can be used.
Spirulena, blue-green algae, a strong anti-oxidant
Chlorophyll, a blood red-cell builder
Colostrum, supports immune system
Fish oil, Vitamins and Calcium and the cancer fighting spice, Tumeric, filtered water.
All of the above was mixed together into a thick “soup” and formed into golf-ball
sized balls. They were frozen and then gathered into baggies for easy daily use
SAM polished off his green colored breakfast every morning and his poops were small
and also green.
*Maitake mushrooms, also known as Hen of the Woods, often can be found at the base
of older oak trees. Occasionally, one will appear on the oak tree just outside my
kitchen window. But not this year. Instead, I have found fresh Maitake mushrooms
at my local grocery. Why Maitake mushrooms? They have long been considered a major
anti-cancer mushroom throughout the Orient. The centuries old combatant is certainly
worth a try. Extract of Maitake mushroom is also available at large natural food
Here is only one site to explore regarding the benefits of Maitake mushrooms:
IN ADDITION TO THE DIET, SAM was on a medication, Rapamycin (also known as Rapamune).
It is a human mediation intended to fight against rejection of organ transplants.
SAM received one 1 mg #10 tablet twice a week (Monday and Thursday). It is difficult
to locate and it is expensive but definitely worth the effort and cost.
Was this diet helping him? I like to think so and was willing to go the extra mile
to keep him with me for as long as possible. Was it a cure? That is probably too
optimistic. I was told that in her experience, my vet has not known a dog with this
aggressive disease to survive more than 60 days. SAM’s “60 day threshold” was September
It is with heart breaking sadness that I submit this post to tell you that SAM succumbed
to the cancer on July 22, 2010, a full 53 weeks after his diagnosis. 53 weeks of
loving and playful energy. He was my Miracle Man.
I am thankful for each and every day that we could share together. SAM was one in
a million. He will always hold a special spot in my heart.
I hope that my experience will help you if you, too, receive the heartbreaking news
of cancer for your pet.