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Timi's Journal; On the Road to Recovery

By Flower

My wonderful pack of six dogs, including four rescues, has a variety of breeds including one Lab mix, one Pug mix, one Australian Cattle mix, one Terrier mix, and two long hair miniature Dachshunds. Both the Australian Cattle mix and the Pug mix are certified therapy dogs, which visit nursing homes and a library children’s reading program and have been healthy all of their lives. Unfortunately, that changed a month ago in the form of cancer and in this article which I call, Timi’s Journal on the Road to Recovery, I will share my knowledge and my personal experience.


On March 15, 2008 as I took the dogs for their walks, we encountered a cat which, as you know, creates a situation with dogs running, chasing, howling and barking. In all the chaos the Lab stepped on Timi, my Dachshund, who began yelping at the top of his lungs. I knew he was in excruciating pain and upon arriving home noticed that he was lethargic, in pain, and had pale gums. I took him to a local veterinarian who took digital radiographs and concluded he had a hematoma on his left shoulder and a bolgin disc. The veterinarian administered a steroids shot and prescribe Prednisone and the following week we went to our holistic veterinarian, where I was relieved to find that Timi appeared to be doing fine.

On April 2, 2008, however, Timi again started experiencing pain and became lethargic, prompting another visit to our holistic vet, who transferred us to the emergency veterinary specialty hospital where cytology was performed. When the vet concluded that Timi had a spindle cell tumor, the tumor was located left side of the neck the size of an egg, I decided to go online to educate myself and find more information. I subsequently joined two support groups for people with cancerous dogs.

On April 4, 2008 we visited the oncologist, where Timi was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and anemia due to the cancer. I was lost, confused, and sad. The world kept moving around me but I was frozen. We heard all the options and treatments available but due to limited financial resources, I told the oncologist I needed time to evaluate my options.

Determined not to give up, I prayed to God to help and guide me in my decision and expressed to Him that if it was His will to take Timi with Him then I would accept His decision. My prayers were answered on April 5, 2008 when I opened my email and had a message from one of the members of the cancer support group. In it was Ginger’s story.

Ginger was a beautiful yellow Lab who also had Hemangiosarcoma and as I read her story, I decided to contact Rosemary, her owner. The protocol Rosemary followed with Ginger included natural supplements and since I believe in natural medicine I decided to start Timi on natural supplements as well.

On April 8, 2008 Timi started on natural supplements which included Original Liquid Zeolite made of volcanic minerals and Agarigold made of Brazilian mushrooms. By the second day of taking the supplements, I started seeing improvements in his appetite, energy, mobility and his pain began to decrease. By the third day, his gums were pink again. I administered 50 drops of Zeolite a day every 4 hours and 15 drops a day of Agarigold every 4 hours. I applied the supplements directly in his mouth with a medicine dropper. Since these supplements are non-toxic, there are no side effects.

Since diet plays an important role when treating a dog with cancer, I changed his to one that would starve rather than feed the cancer.  His new diet now consists of cauliflower, broccoli, and green beans, cottage cheese, boiled or bake chicken, liver, beef, blueberries, fish (salmon or mackerel), eggs, and once a day fish oil supplements 1000mg. I feed Timi twice a day.

This improvement was noticed when we went on May 1, 2008 for a CT scan with the oncologist. Timi’s PCV went from 17 to 27; his mobility improved and his pain decreased. The oncologist could not explain this wonderful improvement and asked me if Timi was taking Prednisone or medications to which I responded no. I explained the protocol that I was following and left information on the natural supplements. He then recommended surgery to remove the tumor and radiation therapy in case the tumor could not be removed.

Once again, I was facing limited financial resources. The oncologist presented an option to help with the financial situation. There exists a foundation that donates money to help pay for medical expenses but unfortunately, they choose only one dog per month. Since I didn’t know if we would be selected, I asked my groomer and the kennel if I could place a jar for donations on their counter, to which both agreed.

On May 5, 2008, our oncologist called to give us the news that Timi was a good candidate for surgery with a few concerns and had a good chance to qualify for financial assistance. We then had an appointment with the surgeon on May 14 to further discuss Timi’s options.

After hearing all of the options, I made the decision for surgery with no chemotherapy or radiation therapy and was confident that I had made the right decision. Timi was then approved for financial assistance in the amount of $1,500. With a deadline of two days, I also had to come up with $1,500 so I prayed to God for help. I started calling friends giving them the news some of them decided to donate money for the surgery. With their donations and the jars from the groomer and kennel I had the money and the surgery was scheduled for May 19 at 8:00 am.

Surgery went very good and a tumor, 6x10x4 cm and weighing 1.2 lbs, was removed.

(picture of tumour NOT for the weak stomach)

Timi then spent two days at the hospital and was released on May 21. He is now at home recovering and his next appointment is on June 2nd to have the sutures removal.

Timi's incision

Timi is still improving and I am very thankful to God for providing me with the strength, courage, and determination this ordeal. I am also very grateful to Rosemary for sharing with me her knowledge and experience and to my wonderful boyfriend who gives me unlimited support and stays at home to care for Timi while I work weekends. Thank you as well to my family, my wonderful and caring friends, coworkers and supervisors for welcoming the idea of bringing Timi with me at work everyday.


If you would like to contact us email us at timisjournal@live.com.






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