Hepatocutaneous……got this awful diagnosis……how do I start???????

I remember so very well getting the diagnosis and the pit in my stomach as I read about what the diagnosis and what to expect! The more I searched for hope that someone had ANY success with treating and could find nothing!!!

Here is what I would LOVE to a found! A quick how do I get started primer after the diagnosis!! Zoe weighed 47 pounds, so the amount I gave should be considered to be based on her weight

1. Start liver protection immediately!! We used milk thistle 240mg 2 capsules twice a day (for a total of 4 capsules a day)



2. Get omega fatty acids!! We used Snip Tips and gave 2 twice a day for a total of 4 a day



3. Start making CHICKEN STOCK!!! Note: you cannot buy chicken stock and requires homemade only!! Here’s my “recipe”…..it involves cooking the chicken first

Whole Chicken (4-5 pounds)
1-2 cloves of garlic

In a large crockpot/slow cooker put about 1-1/2 to 2 inches of water in the bottom, add chicken (I use either a whole chicken of 4-5 lbs of chicken thighs). I also add 1-2 cloves of garlic (garlic is a natural antibiotic, but don’t feed any more than one clove a day to a dog.). Cook for 8 hours on LOW

Take the chicken out and onto large plate to cool, carefully remove all the bones and skin and put back into the crockpot with the liquid that is left from cooking the chicken (at this stage, it is called chicken broth, as the collagen hasn’t been gleaned from the connective tissue yet). You can use the chicken to feed your dog (or you!!).

Once you have everything back in the crockpot, Cook the bones and skin for 12 hours on low. A couple of options here:

Add one Tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to the crockpot, so that the vinegar helps more of the collagen to get pulled out of the bones

Take the bones out at hour 11 and crush them and then put them back into the broth for the last hour, this also helps more collagen to be released

Once the stock has cooked for 12 hours, remove the crock and allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes, then pour into metal bowl, straining out the bones using a large metal strainer. Allow the liquid to cool enough to pout into glass quart jars. (In the south, we call them “Mason Jars”). I always put on a kitchen cloth towel on the glass shelf in the refrigerator and place the jars on the kitchen towel to help protect the shelf from the heat of the stock jars. Allow to cool for at least 12 hours and then skim off the fat and discard, only using the actual stock.

I gave Zoe 1/3 cup of stock 5 times a day:
Upon AWAKENING: cold collagen….Zoe would just eat it out of my hand
BREAKFAST: heated and poured over her meal;
EARLY AFTERNOON: cooked x2 egg whites in stock x 90 seconds, until egg whites are fully cooked and then poured over the raw egg yolks
DINNER: heated and poured over her meal
9-10 pm: 2 more eggs, with whites cooked the same way as in the afternoon

PLEASE NOTE!!!!!! The most important part of the chicken stock seems to be the frequency! During waking hours, it seems that getting stock every 4-5 hours is VERY important!! (Zoe would have an outbreak of lesions IF she didn’t get her afternoon eggs on time!!)

Also, too much stock can cause diarrhea…..if this happens, decrease the amount, but don’t stop it!! Add either cooked lentils or SureJell (fruit pectin) to their diet to help control diarrhea. It is also very important to add sour cream, Greek yogurt or some form of active cultures to help their GI tract remain healthy. (I also gave FortiFlora with her meals)

4. Call me!!! YES…..I want to hear from you!! I want to talk with you, to hear your questions and to tell you, yes, you do have hope!! 205.296.2323. jamie