My dog Emma, a 5 year old Sharpei-Chow-Akita-Italian Greyhound (DNA test confirmed) has systemic mast cell disease. She's had 3 surgeries to have tumors removed and has had 4 different types of chemo, none of which have proven effective.
Mast cells are full of histamine so she's on Pepcid and Benadryl, which makes her very constipated. She's eating a Tb of pumpkin to help with that. She's on prednisone and is also in a trial study of K-9 Immunity which has colostrum among other things that are supposed to boost her immune system.
The Cancer Care vets in Santa Fe have been great, but it looks like we are running out of options. Any experiences, advice, feedback is appreciated. In particular I had a couple of questions.
1. Has anyone had experience with Gleevec, a very expensive cancer drug. I'm interested in hearing from others who've tried it with dogs, if it significantly prolonged life and if you have any leads on where it could be purchased at a reasonable price.
2. She's on the "cancer diet" which is 60% fat, 30% protein, and 10% carbs. Cancer cells thrive on carbs, so the idea is to starve them. Her dinner is pork fat, sardines, carrots, spinach, garlic, olive oil, green bell pepper, sometimes eggs and yogurt. Any advice on other foods high in fat or with anti-oxidants that dogs can eat is welcome. Is purslane (for Omega-3)and dandelions (Vit C) OK for dogs to eat? Blueberries?
Thanks in advance for any advice.