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MEDICAL HISTORY FOR 12 YEAR OLD FEMALE GERMAN SHEPHERD Diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia And Rectal Tumor
This is an unsolicited report from J. Day,
This is an unsolicited report from J. Day, Arizona.
MEDICAL HISTORY FOR 12 YEAR OLD FEMALE GERMAN SHEPHERD
In 1993 she had a "SEBACEOUS CYST" removed from half way down her tail. This animal has led a rather healthy life and has been extremely active. Over this period of time she has been taken care of, regularly, by only 2 Veterinarians, her present Veterinarian has been seeing her since July 19,1993 and had regular checkup’s every year.
On or about July 7, 1998 we noticed she was licking her rectal area excessively, on July 9th 1998 we took her to a Veterinarian Clinic located in Jerseyville IL. She had an extensive examination and blood work. Her blood work was normal except her EOS; it was high, at 3.6 (normal range 0.5- 1.5). She was diagnosed as having a "Fist Sized Tumor" in her anal sac. The Veterinarian did a needle biopsy, which was sent to the University of Missouri for pathological examination. The results of the pathological study were faxed back, and it stated "Diagnosis—Apocrine gland carcinoma of the anal sac" and was explained as being above average in activity. The doctor indicated that without immediate surgery the animal was in serious trouble. He would not give a definite prognosis but indicated that her life expectancy would be no more than 2 -- 3 months.
After discussing the dogs case with colleagues of his, the indication was, 1: The surgery was very risky and the animal ran a very high risk of nerve damage, incontinence or both. 2: The average life expectancy of an animal after successful surgery, of this kind, was only 8 � months. We decided based on foregoing that we would not subject her to this risky and painful surgery, but that we would look for alternative treatments, and make her as comfortable as we could with a drug know as "RYMADIL." This drug is used for the treatment of arthritis in dogs it is equivalent to the human "NSAID" known as ibuprofen and has no known effect on cancerous tumors.
We were already aware of Rhea Extract and Donna Fezler’s work. We contacted her and she recommended that we give the animal "Rhea Extract" to try to make the dog more comfortable, since it came in a powder form that we could mix in to the dogs’ regular food. She recommended half a teaspoon morning and night, we acquired a supply from her and started feeding it to the dog immediately. It was determined the best way to feed it to the dog was to spread the extract on a piece of white bread, and break the bread up, into small pieces and put it in with her regular food. The dog became very fond of this and eats it readily.
Since we were traveling in our Motor Home and did not want to be caught away from home with a very sick dog we slowly made our way back to Arizona, arriving the end of August. We took the dog to see her Veterinarian on September 1, her doctor did an extensive examination including a full blood profile, it was all in normal range, and a "DRE" She determined the tumor to be only 1 � " to 1 �" in diameter. She said "either the tumor had shrunk in size or the first Veterinarian had awfully small hands".
Starting sometime in the middle of October, the dog perked up considerably, and is now playing with her soccer ball, something she hasn’t done for several years. In 1996 she had trouble getting up, from a sitting or lying position, with her hind legs. She was X-RAYED for hip dysplasia but diagnosed as having severe arthritis, and she able to rise now without difficulty. We had been giving her "Glucosamine" until we started her on "Rhea Extract." We can only surmise that she no longer suffers from severe pain. As a result she can now enjoy playing with her ball.
She was examined on October 15 and all indications were normal, no blood work, no DRE. And again on December 22, a DRE was performed, the Vet. Now stated the tumor size at "no larger than 1 �"and since the dog was not showing any of the classical symptoms of cancer she saw no reason for blood work.
The following information is taken from the Doctor's reports.
7/09/98 65 # FIST SIZE
9/01/98 65.2 # 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 in. in diameter
10/15/98 74.8 # " " " " " " "
12/04/98 74.8 # " " " " " " "
12/22/98 78.5 # 1-1/2 in. in diameter (it seems to have shrunk)
Seven-year-old Female German Shepherd with Hip Dysplasia facing hip replacement surgery
Sierra was adopted by Jim and Mary Ann Mc Cann of Springfield, IL when she was three years old. Her original family had three children and the dog was very active. In the last year she has degenerated to the point where getting up was painful and slow accompanied by whimpering. She no longer ran or played with the neighborhood children.
Two months ago, faced with a choice of surgery or attempting to slow the degenerative process with chondroitin sulfate, they opted to give an unknown product, Pet Perk a try. Halfway through the second bottle the dog is once again bouncing with energy and shows no signs of pain.
The Mc Cann's feel the dog eats better when the food has Pet Perk on it.