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    Janis McDonald

    My mare is 14 years old, has melanoma on her lips and rectum. She was palpated and as far as the vet could reach, no inside melanomas now. She does have a few other bumps under the tail and chin, however, my main concern is eating and pooping.

    Several vets here in Mexico told me to do nothing. It will spread if cut/and/or/laser.

    My Dallas friend, long time horse breeder, told me at some point there was a natural, possibly, product that seemed to be working somewhat.

    I would appreciate hearing from other women who have had this problem, what they did, would they do it again and did what they decided work for the horse.

    Thank you everyone, Janis


    Hi Janis,

    I’m sorry for what you are going through. I went through this about a year ago. I took my Grey gelding in for what I thought was an injury to his sheath. The vet originally thought so as well and we cleaned and treated with antibiotics. At the two week check up, though things looked better the vet decided it was time to get a tissue sample. It came back positive for melanoma.

    He said the same thing, surgery would not be able to get all of the cancer and then it would spread faster. He’d known of an experimental treatment that we would try. We put him on a hard regimene of antibiotics, steroids, and a wormer. The doses were scheduled by the vet.

    For awhile I thought it was working! Such excitement and relief as he’s always been my heart horse and was now my daughter’s. We did this treatment off and on for 6 months, it was costing several hundred a month.. Each month it had less effect than the first. Eventually he had to be euthanized.

    I’m not wanting to be discouraging to you in anyway. We needed the extra time with him and it was worth it for us, but the end still came for us.

    Wishing you the best and feel free to ask anything else, I’ll try to remember more.

    Sharon Roberts

    Hi Janis,

    I have no useful information to add. I sure wish I did. I know the heartbreak Dawn went through with her Chance. I pray you have a better outcome. Hugs.

    I see you have posted on our group and are getting some replies. I sure hope you get some useful advice and encouraging outcomes.


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