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Tue, Jan 1 | By Rebecca Andrews | 395

TEXAS – An oncologist from McKinney, Texas has seen his fair share of cancer patients, but his four-legged friend, Bubba, is closer than most. Nine-year-old Bubba, a black Labrador retriever, is just one of five dogs owned and loved… more ›

Dog Receives Human Cancer Treatment
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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

I read somewhere recently about a woman insisting her pet receive human rather than animal anesthesia (I am sure that is mis-spelled) and that is something I will definitely be checking on with my vet.

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natalie
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natalie
5 years ago

amazing, always something new comes up

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J O.
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J O.
5 years ago

Glad it worked out. I would be afraid of putting an older animal though all that, only to have to euthanize it in the end bc the treatment did not work.

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Zephyr47
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Zephyr47
5 years ago

Such a personal choice. Don't know if I could put my pet through that. There are many factors to take into consideration. Glad that it worked out for him.

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Beccasooner
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Beccasooner
5 years ago

Tough story and tough situation. Such is life, huh?

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

It is great that there are many options for pet owners. Just as there are many options for humans. We have to decide between the doctors and the participant, what is the best course of action. Everyone will have a different story.

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Michaelyn
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Michaelyn
6 years ago

Glad he had that option.

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Ahb
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Ahb
6 years ago

Aww, I'm glad his dogs are doing well. :)

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Keri W.
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Keri W.
6 years ago

Hope the dog does well.

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Loosey
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Loosey
6 years ago

My Siberian went through chemo for 7 months before we lost her to lymphoma

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Kindra H.
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Kindra H.
6 years ago

This is exciting news but unfortunately most of us will never be able to afford this kind of treatment for our pets. As with health care in this country, vet care for very sick animals is something most of us can not afford. Wonder if Obama can create a national vet care plan??? :)

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Dsnyder
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Dsnyder
6 years ago

That is interesting. I am surprised that a treatment that works with human physiology would also work with a dog.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Without a doubt, Dr. Birenhaum loves his dogs very much. Obviously, he is experienced with the uses of chemotherapy and radiation treatments in treating cancer. Happily he can afford the treatments and carries pet insurance. Good for him and his dogs.

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B P.
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B P.
6 years ago

Chemotherapy is generally better tolerated by dogs than by people, and the treatment is usually of shorter duration. If recommended by the vet and affordable for the owner, it can often make the animal feel better and extend her life.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Amazing story. It just makes sense but wow the cost of vets is already high. I can't imagine what this would cost.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

impressive using it for all the environment not just people

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

Great news! I hope you live a long and healthy life. It is nice to hear of someone who loves his dogs so very much!

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Yes, pet owners really think of our animals as family. This is a growing trend.

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Chrissy
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Chrissy
6 years ago

Wow amazing.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Glad they have this treatment to offer and that the owner can do it, but it is very costly.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Poor Bubba, I hate that he's had to go through all of this treatment. What a wonderful animal.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

The problem for many people whose pets need this sort of treatment is the cost.

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Jess  L.
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Jess L.
6 years ago

Interesting and amazing how we are able to expand the lives of our dogs. I'm glad he didn't amputate. As long as he has the funds and wants to go through the process then kudos to him!

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Jessica H.
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Jessica H.
6 years ago

i guess if there isnt really any known treatment for dogs you could might as well go towards the treatment used for humans since it was alike

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Loishill
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Loishill
6 years ago

Great for the dog

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

With pet insurance and all the changes that are being made in medical care for pets we will be able to do more and more for them. The doctor was lucky he was in a position toe take the next step with his pet.

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

I think this is wonderful to go the extra mile if it is really in the best interest of the pet. In some cases, I see people throwing thousands of dollars and pursuing very aggressive treatments just to prolong the animal's life a little out of selfish motivation. Sometimes, the animal has to endure a lot of pain, recovery time, and still never feels like themselves. I hope people base their decisions on what is truly the animal's best interest and thinks about the animal's quality of life.

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

Bubba I hope you are feeling better

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

this is a real step in progress for CA animals I think

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

This may be a step in teh right direction for animals with CA. Ooo thanks to the dog owner he is a lover of animals..

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Anne W.
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Anne W.
6 years ago

Bubba I hope you are doing well.

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Sandy S.
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Sandy S.
6 years ago

This person truly loves his dogs and he is fortunate to be in a position to know how to treat his dogs' cancer. I'm glad the dogs are getting along okay. I just hope if the time comes he will recognize it and let go.

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Greg K.
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Greg K.
6 years ago

I am glad to see people trying out new therapies. I hope this works and provides help to others, as well.

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Laurie S.
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Laurie S.
6 years ago

Although I totally understand the concept of not putting your child/family member "down" with a potentially terminal illness; in this case, what is the potential life expectancy of this poor dog even if it were otherwise healthy?? I think this may be more of a "Quality vs. Quantity" case.

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Sandy S.
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Sandy S.
6 years ago

If the dog isn't suffering, there's no reason to put him down at this time. There are some people who too quickly subscribe to the convenience vs. compassion theory.

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

Its really sad when the vets first response to something like this is to put them down. Why must everything be so expensive!

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Kathy M.
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Kathy M.
6 years ago

Wow, this is so amazing! My dog is currently going through a similiar situation with cancer, and my family doesn't have insurance for her so we are paying a lot to keep out 15 year old alive and well. I really see a difference in the medical therapy since she acts just like a puppy--I really urge owners to get pet insurance and seek non-traditional ways to cure your animals!

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8critters
6 years ago

I have a friend who's dog had chemo, and while she lost the limb anyway, it did buy them several more years together. It is unfortunate how expensive it is for pets, especially if there is no insurance.

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Cheryl L.
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Cheryl L.
6 years ago

I hope the dog lives a happy, healthy life

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Lori M.
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Lori M.
6 years ago

great owner, hope dog is fine

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LIZ R.
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LIZ R.
6 years ago

SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT GUY.

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dawn  h.
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dawn h.
6 years ago

Sounds like he really loves his animals and takes good care of them!! Animals need a second chance at life too!

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Wow, It's truly amazing what we can do.

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Cam J.
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Cam J.
6 years ago

Thank God that he is a great doc and can afford to have pet insurance on his dogs. Its sad but most people would have to put their beloved pet down for the simple fact they wouldn't be able to afford treatment.

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Flowerhead910
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Flowerhead910
6 years ago

I wish I could have helped my dog with cancer.

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Melissa7271
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Melissa7271
6 years ago

Way to go! I hope there is remission again soon.

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collyn f.
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collyn f.
6 years ago

how amazing!! these things could be put on the shelf and save so many dogs!!!

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Janet V.
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Janet V.
6 years ago

An inspiring story for all.

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Sharon L.
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Sharon L.
6 years ago

Amazing. I guess having dog insurance is the way to go. The have as many illnesses as we do.

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Hamccoy
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Hamccoy
6 years ago

You're right

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Bry S.
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Bry S.
6 years ago

That's wonderful! I know how he feels. Our Min-pin/chihuahua mix, Minnie, is like a true member of our family. We'd certainly not hesitate to persue the same treatment if we were in the same possition. And if it were available. Lots of good wishes!

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penny m.
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penny m.
6 years ago

It is great to be able to afford pet insurance and for them to be able to get good treatment. I just am frustrated that so many humans lack insurance for good treatment.

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

the money is the issue. if you have it then the animal is fortunate

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