He is an adorably cute bundle of energy. At 11 he is still able to steal the show with his antics and near-human personality. Meet Mickey, a Jack Russell Terrier who overcame considerable odds to become a 3 year (and counting) cancer survivor.
Owners Diane and Sam Esposito have a special relationship with Mickey, so when they found two lumps on the side of Mickey’s neck their hearts sank. Could it be cancer? Their worst fears were realized when Mickey’s blood work confirmed he had canine lymphoma. If untreated, Mickey could be gone in as little as 6 weeks.
What a shock! Mickey was his usual bouncy self. He showed no outward signs of illness other than the two golf ball size lumps on his throat. Could this really be happening? Regrettably situations like this occur all too often. Fortunately for Mickey, his parents acted quickly and decisively. They researched their options, interviewed veterinarians and opened their minds to “think outside the box”.
They decided on a multi-pronged approach that consisted of chemotherapy, nutritional supplements and dietary changes. Canine lymphoma often responds well to a specific type of chemotherapy called Madison Wisconsin Protocol; however chemo tends to stress the body and compromise healthy immune function, especially in a dog as old as Mickey. To counteract this, the Espositos started Mickey on a regimen of K9 Immunity and Transfer Factors.
K9 Immunity is made of a special class of immunomodulators derived from compounds found in medicinal mushrooms. These are compounds that trigger enhanced immune function, and hopefully, will trigger the patients 'Cancer Recognition Response'. These compounds bind to various immune cells and activate them by either turning the cell on, triggering the production of more of that type of cell or triggering the release of certain chemicals (cytokines) that have anti-tumor properties.
For Mickey the combination of K9 Immunity, chemotherapy and a special homemade diet gave the needed support for his body to start to heal itself. The results surprised everyone. Originally Mickey’s veterinarian said that chemo would buy him 3-6 months, maybe even a year. To everyone’s surprise, including his veterinarian, Mickey went into recession after just one round of chemo and has stayed in remission for over 3 years! A canine oncologist also acknowledged that Mickey’s case was unique and suggested whatever the Espositos were doing, to keep doing it. And they have . . .
Over three years later Diane still lovingly makes Mickey’s meals and administers K9 Immunity, Transfer Factor and other immune building herbs. She says it is a small price to keep her “miracle boy” with her and when you look at Mickey, how can you feel differently?
We wish Mickey continued health and look forward to hearing more of his antics and exploits!