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I know a few of you have asked about Charley’s protocol for his OS, so here it is.  Charley is a 5 year old Lab who weighs 65 pounds.  He was diagnosed with OS in his left proximal humerus at 2-1/2 years old.  He had his left front leg amputated followed by 5 rounds of carboplatin chemotherapy (1st chemo was on day 13 post op) every 3 weeks.

Here is my disclaimer about Charley’s protocol:
Every dog is different and no two cancers act exactly the same (even when comparing OS to OS, lymphoma to lymphoma, etc.).  I still tweak Charley’s protocol and nothing is written in stone.  Some pups tolerate lots of supplements without any issues and others don’t….meaning too many supplements is not always a good thing.  You have to do what works for you, your dog (or kitty), your family, your finances, etc.  🙂  Most importantly is to remember to NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!!!

Since Charley is 2-1/2 years post dx of osteosarcoma and we did amputation, followed by 5 rounds of carboplatin chemotherapy every 3 weeks….this is one of the main reasons why I don’t give artemisinin daily now.  I did give artemisinin almost daily for 6 months before going to a several times a week.  We still see Charley’s oncologist every 6 months for chest x-rays and an exam (the onco does not recommend doing blood work until he’s in his senior years).

Charley’s Protocol (65 pound, 5 year old male Lab):

Charley eats Orijen Six Fish kibble 3x day and we give Charley bottled water, not tap water because of the fluoride.

Breakfast: 7:00am
-20mg generic pepcid about 20 minutes before breakfast
-Orijen Six Fish Kibble 3/4c
-500mg of Vitamin C (Esther C)
-400iu of Vitamin E
-Berte’s Green Blend (; dosing on container by weight
-(1) K9 Immunity Plus Chew

Lunch: between 12-2pm
-Orijen Six Fish Kibble 1/2c
–Berte’s Ultra Probiotics (; dosing on container by weight
-(2) 1000mg of fish oil
-(1) K9 Immunity Plus Chew
***non-arte days: Berte’s Immune Blend (, dosing on container by weight

Dinner: between 5:30-6:00pm
-20mg generic pepcid about 20 minutes before dinner
-Orijen Six Fish Kibble 1/2c
-(2) 1000mg of fish oil
-(1) K9 Immunity Plus Chew

Arte nights: given between 10:30-11:00pm)
-Charley get artemisinin with or without Artemix 2-3x/per week in Philly Cream Cheese
-200-300mg of artemisinin along with 4 Butyrex.
-I add 1-2 Artemix to the artemisnin and Butyrex at least 1 of those 2-3x per week.

*Charley does not tolerate the fish oil at the 6500mg range and he gets the runs (based on the recommendations for cancer of 1000mg per 10 pounds), so he gets 4000mg/day.


Love, Hugs and Chocolate Labby Kisses from Ellen and Charley  xoxo


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13 Responses to “Charley’s Protocol (2-1/2 Year OS Warrior)”

  1. rica55 says:

    Thank you for sharing this and for the kitty shout out 😀

  2. fetchon3 says:

    He’s SO handsome! What a lucky pup! That’s a lot of work with a lunchtime meal in there. Dedicated mom and dad!
    ~ Katy

    • The lunchtime meal started before the cancer because of his history of almost daily puking….which was most likely because of a grain allergy. We had to feed him smaller amounts multiple meals in hope that he would keep it down. 🙂

  3. benny55 says:

    Charley and Ellen—-thank yo soooo much for taking the time to outline your nutrition/supplements. Whenever we have a beacon of hope in the form of cutie pie Charlie, we latch on and don’t want to let go. So knowing that, at the very least we can do some of the same things as Charlie, and maybe……….just maybe……….e can become part of that illustrious beacon of hope:-) 🙂

    Thank you again for your kindness. Continued happy living to you sweet Charlie!! Your mom left out one important ingredient—her love and care for you:-) 🙂

    Sally and Happy Hannah

    • Sally and Hannah,
      We hope that Hannah can also become a part of the beacon of hope! We never thought we’d be a part of that either so all things are possible….especially if you believe and never give up hope! 🙂
      Ellen and Charley xoxo

  4. fourminipups says:

    Great info. Shooter now says he is neglected and abused after reading how often Charley gets to eat!

  5. Thank you again for sharing this. I am still stressing over making sure I am giving the right supplements for my boy.

  6. jerry says:

    This is pawesome, thank you for sharing it, we’ll be sure to put it in our Forums.

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