The vet called

The phone rang and They answered it. I would have but I didn’t hear it. Then They handed the phone to me and said “Kyla, it’s for you”. I take care of all of the medical stuff for me except for the fact that I am nowhere to be found when the bill is presented.


The information about the melanoma vaccine was in. There was good news and bad news. The good news was that supposedly there were no side effects. The bad news is that to start, four shots would be required and another shot every six months. Now, I’m not scared of shots, I get one every 25 days for my Addison’s Disease. Each shot would be about $600!?? Also, we could see if the cancer spread to other parts of my body by taking X-rays and ultra-sound but small spots that wouldn’t show up now could grow. So going this route would entail

1) Ultra-sound and X-rays that wouldn’t be conclusive.

2) Taking shots (that are supposedly safe) for a condition that I may or may not have and putting this old body under stress. The effectiveness of these experimental shots hasn’t been proven.

I don’t want to be a guinea pig that way but a Buddy of mine is truly a guinea pig and earned it the old-fashioned way and said I couldn’t join their union.



The other options are doing nothing and the holistic approach  I decided on the holistic approach because it is safe and has done good in others. It would involve rotating supplements of tumeric, green tea extract and mushroom extract (hopefully from “magic” mushrooms). All natural and FOOD. It’s not as appetizing as it could be. Now I’m gonna ask for some help from Blogville. We need articles to show my doctor. I need you to write those articles. For example Dr. Samuel Wallace, MD of the Parkin Institute in South Africa about how feeding a dog lots of green beans cures melanoma. Don’t worry about the MD part, that stands for Mad Dog. Get writing and get it published and we’ll get the Doc to prescribe green beans in quantity and the peeps can’t say no.

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I'm a 16 year old Indian Ringneck parrot curmudgeon in New River, Arizona in the wild west country. If you're a sunflower seed, you're dinner.

40 comments on “The vet called

  1. Wow, that’s expensive indeed. I hope the holistic approach works well.

    Have a woof woof day Kyla. 🙂

  2. Kyla, we were hoping you would try the holistic route…We think you are one wise lady!!!! 600 a pop, whew!!!! Green beans are awesome!!!!

  3. Kyla, I hope the magic mushrooms will help to chase all bad things away. I will look for a magic bean article, I remember I read one once about a himalayan dog…

  4. First of all…..eeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEwwwwwww. I could have done without the photo of your, well, uh…the photo of your…um….where the toe was. I’M STILL GAGGING AT THAT KYLA!!!!!! Really??? You had to show it?

    Whew. Now that that’s over. Blech.

    I concur with your strategy. There are LOTS of ways to manage your health without putting experiments into play. Nope. None of that.


    Here goes: ArrrrrrRRRRrrrrrRRRRrrrOOooooOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Can you hear me now?

    Your pal, Stu

  5. You can’t say you weren’t warned! Yup, I can hear you!

  6. I was so hoping that the first photo would be accompanied by a story about how that inflatable cone also worked as a pool toy. I think the green bean strategy is a wise course of action..

    • I freak out at big bodies of water, like big puddles. If They take me into the pool, I’m a shivering mess. You won’t catch me in there.

  7. I think your are very wise to go the all natural way Kyla. More Green Beans I say.

  8. Dang that’s expensive. Yep I’d go with the all natural way as well and who knows green beans maybe the cure-all.

    Aroo to you,

  9. My best friend used honey on all of her Scotties boo boo’s. She said that honey has natural healing properties. It is worth a try to put it on your paw. Keep up your spirits.

  10. I had a friend who went the vaccine route. Her dog had definitively diagnosed cancer. It was a very sudden diagnosis and the vaccine slowed the cancer and bought them some time to say goodbye.

    In Kyla’s case I think holistic is the way to go. By the way my one cocker spaniel Apollo was a medicine man on the tough streets of Saginaw before coming to live with me — he agrees that Green Beans are definitely the way to go.

  11. Dr. Apollo from the University of Michigan recommends green beans. If the time I have left isn’t quality time, who needs it? Scotties go 11-13 years and I’lll be 12 next month. I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend that time recovering from the medical profession.

  12. Oh sweetie, we are on board with the holistic approach. I am holding down the home with Mom (You know, official guard Pup), I called Bites and let him know. Hes not in a real happy mood over the news and sends his lovies and will be doing a POTP prayer every day for you. Mom says we will work on a letter to the MD,, them green beans will work!


  13. We think holistic is best. Now, we’re sure Dr Wallace is correct, although we think chicken should be added with tumeric added, for sure. We were trying the tumeric with Daisy, but we were way too late. Apparently, she should have been having it her whole life. Who needs expensive needles that may or may not work?

  14. Natural is best Kyla as long as you get a whole bag of beans a day ? Yikes though, that sure is expensive for the shot treatment. Love ya xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  15. i think the holistic method will be great!

  16. Sorry for your human’s luck, Kyla!

    Our Otis was 9 when he was diagnosed with cancer (it was one of the -omas, but we were never clear which one) when he broke out in bumps. We biopsied him twice at 2 different vets. Same result.

    Thing about pitties, their average lifespan is 11. The treatment for 1 type of cancer would take several months, Otis would feel way yucky, but it might have bought him an extra year. The second type, there was no treatment. In other words, we could make him miserable to keep him with us a little longer, or we could let nature take it’s course.

    Our decision: Make sure Otis sleeps on the people bed every night. And we gave him red clover oil supplements – something that worked wonders for our little cancer factories, I mean ferrets.

    Otis left us at the ripe old age of 13 🙂

    People bed and red clover oil. It works for dogs and ferrets! Though I’m sure green beans would help too (you should try broccolli sometime).

    • I’ll look for the oil but you won’t find broccoli at this house. He is allergic-feed Him broccoli and it’s the foulest smelling gas and poo very shortly. It’s never in the house. I have complete use of the people bed, but I use it in the winter. I prefer to have my body on the cool stone and head in the next room on the soft carpet in the summer.

  17. Green beans daily and in large doses!! That’s what I say and I have a lot of damn degrees and teaching credential thingies. Food, love, and no $600 shots that who knows if they’ll work – that’s what you need. Hang tough girlie and I hope that soft collar is sort of comfy.
    Alyssa, Mr. Fox & Scruffy

  18. Kyla we read and re-read your post and in our EXPERT opinion, we agree that you are making the right decision. I (Dr Wallace, MD) have already started working on my draft green bean report and will hopefully have it published within the next 1 – 2 days. Now in the mean time we (Dr’s Wallace and Samuel, MD) are prescribing that you take a good dose (5 – 10) of fresh green beans and call us in the morning.
    Yours in good health,
    Dr Wallace, MD
    Dr Samuel, MD
    Wright-Parkin Institute of South Africa

  19. […] And  here the REAL NEWS I found yesterday, specially for KYLA: […]

  20. We too think you are making the right decision. We have you in our thoughts and prayers and continue to send healing vibes and POTP.
    Take care.
    Best wishes Molly

  21. When I found my Half Pence had a malignant bone tumor. I went the route of ultrasounds and x-rays. He proved to have no other tumors. I was looking into a very expensive procedure where they just take the tumor out and put a pin in the bone. In the time it took to get the information it had spread to his lungs. I also thought his being on Lysodren a cancer drug but used for Cushings would have slowed down the cancer but it did not. But as things happened there was an accident that caused his leg to break and he had to go to the Bridge.
    Whatever you decide, whatever way you go, Kyle knows that you have always done the best by her.
    Sweet William The Scot

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