Thinking of you and Kepler
Thank you so much. I pray he is ok. Lolas white blood count is very low, as is her platelets and her lymphocytes. She’s tired a lot, otherwise normal. We will repeat blood work for a 3rd time next week and take it from there. Vet had said he’s 50% sure it’s MM. I can’t even believe this.Well -- I have good news so far but I am not sure it will be illuminating for you Kimbo. He was diagnosed with MM in Nov., 2019 owing to very high IgG levels and low albumin levels, as well as a blood plasma profile under electrophoresis suggesting that one cell may have proliferated. We never did a bone marrow test, and all the organ biopsies (spleen, liver) were non-conclusive for cancer cells.
We chose not to do chemo, but we have given him prednisone, a steroid. We started out with 30 mg (for a 50 pound poodle), rapidly went down to 20 as we did not like the behavioral changes at 30, then went down to 15, then 10, and now we are giving him 5 mg. In each subsequent blood test, his IgG level (which was extremely high originally) has gone down slightly, to the extent that it now almost in the normal zone, and his albumin has gone up, to the extent that is now in the normal range. The most disturbing issues in his bloodwork now are signs of damage from the prednisone, which is why we recently dropped the dosage down to 5 mg. On the other hand he has no other symptoms -- swollen lymph nodes, painful joints, or mouth bleeding, that you might see with MM.
Is he cured, in remission, or did he never have cancer? We have no idea! I guess time will tell. He does not act sick, but I would say he doesn't have the energy that some Spoos have. He lazes around most days, but will walk up to an hour with no problem if we are willing.
The other thing I should mention is we have given him turkey tail mushroom powder, from Four Leaf Rover, since November. This powder has been shown to help resolve certain types of cancer in canines, but there is no evidence it helps with MM. We thought it was worth a try, since it has no known side effects. We continue to give him that 2x a day.
I still can’t really believe it until I can rule out everything else. I’m familiar with reading blood as my husband fought cancer for 7 yrs and is now in remission, that was the reason we got our precious girl, she gave us so much strength when we needed it. Maybe god sent her to us, I don’t know but maybe he knows we’re ok now. I don’t know if this makes sense to you but I need something to believe in to get through this. I will talk to her vet about the supplement. Thank you so much again. Sorry for the rant.Kimbo -- don't lose hope, and perhaps consider trying Turkey Tail powder. I was in shock too, as you can see from earlier posts. But so far it has been fine -- he is our same lovely poodle, although looking a bit motley with the covid-19 restrictions....