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    01-02-2012, 12:06 AM
I could really use some help - cancer

I have a 24yr old appaloosa who has equine melanoma. He has the typical skin tumors on his sheath which I can easily remove with raw honey but he also has an open sore about the same shape and size as a small chicken egg. Its nasty and unsightly and I am afraid it will open more and cause problems. My personal vet AND a vet at the biggest veterinary school in the state says its "better left alone". My vet said "At his age, something else will kill him, not this." But I don't want them just pushing this off because of his age. He could live well into his 30's! But he probably won't if I can't get this sore to heal up. I am at my wits end trying to find something that will help.
I don't want to lose my best friend
Has anyone had any experience with difficult cancer cases like this? What did you use? I wish I had a picture to share but I won't be able to take one until tomorrow. ANY advice is welcomed. Thanks so much.
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    01-02-2012, 12:15 AM
Green Broke
My old arabian had a horrible case of skin cancer. He had giant melanomas on his left elbow and shoulder. And towards the end he developed more on his sheath and his muzzle. You can kind of see the black skin where his hair fell out on his right leg and one of the tumors


Eventually they broke skin and became sores and all we could really do was put SWAT on them to keep the flys off. We also rinsed them out with warm water every day. A few times we had them removed by the vet but when they would grow back they were bigger and worse. Sometimes they would heal up, but eventually they became infected and it basically exploded with pus and we had to put him down...
Im not trying to freak you out we were told that was the worst case senario for skin cancer they had ever seen
    01-02-2012, 12:20 AM
Well you have succeeded in freaking me out lol jk
I've been told to use Black Salve or Xterra and that could help heal it up. :/ I just really hate that none of the vets I have contacted will help me...its not fair that such an amazing horse has this problem. I'm very sorry about your horse.
    01-02-2012, 12:49 AM
Green Broke
IM SORRY!!!! Im really not trying to freak you out. We just never really had any advice from anybody and that's probably why it got so bad.
I've never heard of black salve but we used xterra on his and it helped him out
    01-02-2012, 01:02 AM
Apparently black salve is a organic solution? The website talks about chemo free cancer therapy options. It looks interesting but I'm unsure. I also found Earth Angels Herbs. It claims to have great healing properties in it to help with the affects of cancer in horses. Its very expensive though ($139.00 for 1 tub) but when it comes to Blue, I'll pay anything. If I could sell my body parts on the black market in exchange for an equine cancer cure, I'd do it.
    01-02-2012, 01:05 AM
Green Broke
Id say go for it. Anything to keep what happened to my hawkeye to happen to your boy!
    01-02-2012, 01:13 AM
Have you contacted any of the US researchers on melanoma? TheHorse.com had a big webinar recently. There are treatment options at some of the universities and equine hospitals if you seek them out--they've got it down to a specialized science that the normal veterinary practitioner can't provide. They may at least have ideas--I'd start with a search on TheHorse followed by special terms on Google.
    01-02-2012, 01:32 AM
Try some herbs. Just do alot of research and trial and error. KEEP HIM OUT OF THE SUN. Here is a web site Nutritional Help for Horse Melanomas | Nzymes.com
    01-02-2012, 01:51 AM
Originally Posted by bubba13    
Have you contacted any of the US researchers on melanoma? TheHorse.com had a big webinar recently. There are treatment options at some of the universities and equine hospitals if you seek them out--they've got it down to a specialized science that the normal veterinary practitioner can't provide. They may at least have ideas--I'd start with a search on TheHorse followed by special terms on Google.

I've contacted the University of Auburn's veterinary school and emailed one of their equine specialists and she told me that its best left alone.

I'll check TheHorse.com for more info. Thanks bubba13
    01-02-2012, 08:36 AM
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We have had a cow Vet freeze them on a gray horse we had that was young enough that we did not think that she should have to deal with that.

It worked very well. The vet used a special metal probe that he could put in his liquid Nitrogen tank (that he had for holding frozen semen and embryos). He would take a probe out and hold it on the tumor until it was no longer cold enough to do any good. Then, he would trade it out for another one that was in the tank. After several applications of the probes, he decided it had completely killed the tumor that was about the size of a quarter.

He froze 2 or 3 smaller ones on the underside of the horse's tail and they disappeared a well.

All of the ones he froze that way, just dried up and a small circle of skin dried up and fell off. None of the ones he treated came back. He said he had done this to several gray horses and none of the smaller tumors came back after freezing. He said he had even frozen small tumors on a horse's penis and it was several years later when several new big ones came up and they had to put the horse down.

I would not hesitate if one of my gray horses came up with a melanoma now to do it all over again. It sure worked for us.

The gray mare we did this on was sold. I told the buyers what we had done and told them to watch her and take her to a cattle Vet if any came back. I saw them several years later and they said they still had her and she had never had any melanomas come up that they had found. She was in her 20s then.

By the way, this is what we have also done to get rid of sarcoids when they have been in a place where we could freeze the. We leave dormant ones alone but try to freeze the ones that are bloody and growing.

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