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New cancer drug may help dogs, humans

The weekend was absolutely beautiful here.  The sun was shining, the temperatures were warm, the new calves were out in the field across the street.  And I had to spend this great weekend inside working on a project that was due today.  That’s the way it goes sometimes.  On the bright side, I did learn a lot about canine health which is what I was researching and writing about.



On the subject of canine health, I just read a heartbreaking message on one of my e-mail lists from a woman whose dog has recently been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his shoulder.  The prognosis isn’t good and she was hoping someone had had some success with alternative medicine — at least more success than with chemo or surgery.


Cancer is a devastating disease in dogs, as in humans.  It is, in fact, the biggest disease killer of dogs.  I just read the figure that an estimated six million pet dogs per year are diagnosed with cancer in one form or another.


There’s an encouraging story in the news today about a breakthrough in cancer treatment.  It involves a dog but it may have applications for both dogs and humans later.  Researchers love to study tumors and cancer in dogs because cancer occurs spontaneously in dogs, just as it does in humans.  It’s not like labratory mice which are virtually bred to get cancer so they can be studied.  The DNA of dogs and humans is also closer in some ways, and so are the diseases we get, so researches can study a disease in dogs or humans and be fairly certain that their conclusions will apply to the other species.


Here’s the story about Oscar and the new cancer-fighting drug:




Oscar the Miracle Dog




‘Miracle Dog’ Beats Aggressive Cancer

Cancer-Fighting Drug Works in Dogs; Can It Do the Same for People?

By Kelli Miller Stacy

WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

March 23, 2009 — Researchers with the Cleveland Clinic have successfully treated cancer in dogs without toxic side effects or discomfort. The feat could soon lead to a powerful new strategy for treating the disease in people.


Joseph A. Bauer, PhD, with the Center for Hematology & Oncology Molecular Therapeutics at the Cleveland Clinic, detailed the extraordinary achievement at the 237th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City.


Bauer’s team’s success story begins with a “miracle dog” named Oscar, a 10-year-old male Bichon Frise stricken with an extremely aggressive form of cancer called anal sac adenocarcinoma. Chemotherapy and radiation failed to treat the dog’s disease, which left him unable to walk. Oscar had about 3 months left to live.

That’s when Bauer and colleagues gave him an innovative cancer-killing drug called nitrosylcobalamin (NO-Cbl). Within two weeks, Oscar’s cancer significantly improved and he was back on his feet.


‘Trojan Horse’ Kills Cancer

The NO-Cbl drug targets cancer cells like a biological “Trojan horse.” A Trojan horse is a damage-causing substance hidden in something apparently harmless.

In this case, the drug is made of a cancer-killing substance called nitric oxide, which is attached to vitamin B12. Substances called receptors on a cell’s surface attract the vitamin and help it enter the cell. Cancer cells grow abnormally fast with extra B12 receptors. NO-Cbl spots these receptors, sneaks into cancer cells, and releases the nitric oxide, which kills the cancer cells from within…


“We are one of the few research groups that is offering to treat dogs with cancer that otherwise have no hope,” Bauer says. “With no other options available, most people in this situation opt to euthanize so that their pets don’t go through the pain of disease and trauma of surgery.”


Bauer, a dog owner, says his research is “one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life.”


March 23, 2009 Posted by | dogs, Pets | , , , | Leave a comment

Dr Couto

It’s been a busy few days but I am finally getting back to writing a little something here.

On Saturday, we went to the Dr Couto event. Although we have been at the same events as him a few times, this was the first time that we were actually able to hear his talk. He is an excellent speaker, very entertaining, and very interesting. If you ever have the opportunity to hear him speak, don’t miss out on the chance.

Dr Couto is conducting intensive research into canine cancer (specifically in greyhounds although the results will benefit all dogs and people). He spoke about the research they are doing, the results, what they have found so far and published information about, and what they hope to achieve. It was all very interesting and we remain hopeful that his research will be successful.

May 7, 2008 Posted by | General | , , | Leave a comment

Canine Cancer Can Be Beaten

There are four words that no dog owner ever wants to hear – “Your dog has cancer.” Until recently, cancer treatment options were limited, but ongoing research has resulted in the development of new treatment options and medication regimens.

The Greyhound Supporters of the National Capital Region (GSNCR) is proud to invite you to participate in a unique learning event with Dr. Guillermo Couto, DVM Diplomate ACVIM, and professor at the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences of the Ohio State University (OSU).

This event offers all dog owners, the opportunity to hear Dr. Couto speak about canine cancer in dogs, current cancer-related research projects, ongoing canine cancer treatments at the University of Ohio and much more. Included in Dr. Couto’s talk will be information about OSU’s Greyhound Health and Wellness Program – its purpose and benefits, and how everyone with retired racing greyhounds can get involved.

Not only is Dr. Couto one of the world’s leading veterinary experts in hematology and oncology, he is a greyhound enthusiast. Dr. Couto became involved in Greyhound Rescue over 15 years ago when he adopted his first greyhound. Since then, Dr. Couto has been working with, and volunteering his time and services to greyhound (galgos) rescue groups in Spain. Dr. Couto visits Spain at least once a year, where he assists local Galgos rescue groups and provides veterinary services to the many galgos in need.

The Greyhound Supporters would like to extend the invitation to all dog owners and dog lovers to attend this learning opportunity of a lifetime. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, and please feel free to share this information with anyone whom you think might be interested in attending. This event is open to everyone who would like to attend.

Tickets are $45.00 per person and are available by contacting Tina Kelly via email at or Laura Simmermon via email at Meal selections are beef, salmon or vegetarian – please specify your preference.

Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, May 1, 2008 and payment may be made via cheque, money order or Paypal at

When: Saturday, May 3, 2008
11:30am – Social Networking
12:30pm – Lunch
Lunch tickets: $45.00 each
Where: Pinetree Hall
Ramada Guelph
716 Gordon Street
Guelph, Ontario N1G 1Y6

There will be a raffle as part of the afternoon’s activities and tickets will be available at the event. Pictures of the raffle items will be posted shortly. It is not necessary to attend the event to win – but shipping costs will not be covered by the Greyhound Supporters. Please contact us at for more information or to purchase your raffle tickets.

The Greyhound Supporters of the NCR (GSNCR) is a not-for-profit group dedicated to the health and welfare of racing greyhounds. The GSNCR is based in Ottawa (Canada), and is not linked to any particular adoption group or greyhound-related entity. The objective of the GSNCR is to raise funds for and/or participate in greyhound-related causes established to improve the health and physical well being of the retired racing greyhound globally. The GSNCR works to raise public awareness of retired racing greyhounds, and the status of racing greyhounds all around the world.

We are really looking forward to this event. Although we have been at other events where Dr Couto has been speaking, we were not able to attend due to other commitments. We will finally get to meet him and hear him speak about this terrible disease and his research which will ultimately benefit all dogs and people. I would encourage you to come if you are able. It would be well worth it.

See you there…

April 19, 2008 Posted by | General | , , , , , | Leave a comment