Dropping in with a Fefi update and a bunch of information about treating Feline Hemangiosarcoma that I hope someday will help someone else dealing with this. The information about this rare cancer in cats is so hard to find that I want to share whatever I can for anyone who may be looking for treatments like us.
Last Wednesday we visited a special vet, Dr. Carlson from Lifetime Pet Wellness Center in Columbus, Ohio, that practices both conventional and Holistic medicine. He practices a LOT of alternative treatments. His credentials are quite impressive and very inline with my beliefs for raising cats.
Please check him out here:
While searching for a non conventional vet to treat Fefi's cancer I called around and interviewed. I adore my regular vet and have not had to seek a new vet for anything in years because our cats are so healthy, so this was very intimidating. But it had to be done. I started by asking 2 questions that guide me in my care of my cats.
First... how do you feel about vaccinating?
**I do NOT vaccinate due to my cats non existent risk of contracting disease. Sadly vets use this as a way to make money even though the risks of getting a fibrosarcoma cancer from a vaccine is more likely than getting the disease they are vaccinating against. Ever wonder why vets started giving each vaccination in a different leg? That's so that when a animal gets a vaccination induced cancer they can just amputate the leg and save the cat. My advice. Weigh your cats risk of disease before vaccinating. And NEVER vaccinate an immune compromised cat. Ever.
Fefi has not been vaccinated since 2006 when we went all natural and started raw feeding.
How do you feel about raw feeding?
And how do you feel about raw feeding an immune compromised cat?
**I raw feed. End of story. I will not feed my cat garbage processed foods lacking in nutrients and likely to face dangerous recalls just because a vet gets kick backs from selling crap food. Won't do it. End of story. There is no better food than the species appropriate diet for the only obligate carnivore on the planet than what we feed our cats. More info at www.catinfo.org We have been raw feeding the vet created recipe from Cat info since 2006 when we saved 2 of our cats with this diet.
Those questions narrowed it down to Dr. Carlson and a few others pretty fast. He supports not vaccinating and encourages raw feeding for all animals. Especially for cancer cats. I decided on Dr. Carlson from 3 personal recommendations. I am so glad I did!
We were seeking alternative treatments to give her body a fighting chance against this rare cancer.
After a 2 hour consultation, more through than any I have ever had, we left feeling very positive. He went over ALL her records from all her life. Read them all. He studied the recipe I feed her and confirmed it is perfect. We went over everything from her 11.5 year life.
I have also never seen a vet touch, calm and go over a cat like he did with Fefi. I exaggerate not. He felt that cat over from head to toe, deep tissue feeling, for 15 minutes checking for tumors and the entire time she was melted butter in his hands. It was unbelievable to watch. I was shocked. I really was. She was completely calm during the entire appointment. They even took her back for x-rays and she was a good girl for them.
She is a skittish cat.
This is unprecedented behavior for her.
I was very impressed with his “way” with her and the whole overall feeling of the vets office. And I know she felt it too by her calm behavior. I really liked that as not stressing her is on the top of my list. The environment of the office is calming and I know she could sense that.
Treatment: We have put her on the following 6 supplements.
Let me break this down. For me as well as you, and for anyone that my someday be like I have been, searching the internet for something to help their cat with this rare and deadly feline hemangiosarcoma cancer.
Stasis Breaker - 2x daily. In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Tumor tissues and modules are classified as Blood Stasis and stagnation. The key treatment is to remove blood stasis.
(Meaning it breaks and removes the tumor.)
**This is a small round black ball of herbs that I pill her with. She takes it easily. No stress. I am a master cat piller. lol.
Homotoxicology Remedy Detox - Liquid - 3x daily Whole Body detoxification. This is a temporary remedy. just to detox her initially.
**I give this after the Stasis breaker to wash it down or I mix it into her food. I tasted it. No flavor.
Lact-Enz - 2x daily - combines digestive enzymes with probiotic bacteria to support healthy digestion and immune function. Supports healthy gastrointestinal flora. Supports a healthy immune response.
Provides support during the gastric and intestinal phase of digestion.
**This is a powdered capsule and I sprinkle it on her food. She loves it and will eat more if I sprinkle it after she is done. Must taste good to her. Noms!
Feline Whole Body Support - 2x daily. Provides general multisystem support for daily maintenance of all body systems with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system.
** This is a smelly green tablet that she thinks is a treat. I drop it... she eats it.
Thymex - 2x daily. Supports a healthy thymus gland, the master gland of the immune system.
Can be used in combination with other immune support products.
** Her fav!!! This is a smelly red brown tablet that she thinks is a treat. I drop it... she eats it.
Miatake PET Fraction - 1-2x daily - A substance responsible for the potent immune-support.
**Liquid. I drop it in her bowl and she licks it up. Yummy! I also tasted a drop of this. Not bad. lol!
The goal of these supplements is to build her immune system up to tip top so that her own body will fight the cancer.
So… do they work? I don’t know.
But I will tell you this…
After 24 hours, 2 doses, she was back to her normal self.
After 48 hours she was playing again and she hasn't stopped since.
She is acting normal and eating normal.
She is happy and playful and alert.
She was none of these for the last few weeks.
And since that is what I wanted I can’t say I’m at all disappointed with these treatments and how quickly they perked her up.
The bonus. She likes every single supplement so we have no stress. In fact she begs for them. I only pill her for the stasis breaker and then give her the Detox from the dropper. The rest she eats as a treat. Can't beat that!
At this point in time I could not ask for more. I am pleased.
Time will tell the long term benefits of this treatment and if it will save her. The goal is to boost her immune system so she can fight the cancer herself. I must admit, from what I have seen already I am overly hopeful.
We go back in three weeks for a follow up to reevaluate her supps.
If you are wondering... it wasn't cheap, but it also wasn't overly more than I expected. (Though for me price is never a factor. These are my children. I would give anything.) I am not upset at the price and I absolutely don't feel gouged or cheated. Even online prices for these supps were the same as what he sold them to me for. I feel it was all very fair for what she was getting from a vet that studied everything I need to help Fefi when conventional medicine has nothing to offer. I highly recommend seeking this when needed or just because. I have a feeling we will use this type of treatment in the future as a first option.
All in all she is doing so much better than she was just one short week ago.
For further informational purposes though I will not dwell on this there have been 2 veterinary studies of Feline Hemangiosarcoma in the last 15 years. One on 52 cats records and one on 18 cats records. They say after tumor removal surgery the average life span left is 44 weeks.
Fefi intend's to mop the floor with that average time because she's awesome like that.
Please keep the positive energy flowing and prayers coming her way. I know it is helping too.
(Positive energy is on her treatment sheet! Love this vet!)
Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats