Investigation of a Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbal Therapy as a Palliative Treatment for Dogs with Appendicular Osteosarcoma

Sponsored by the Oncology TEAR Foundation.

Osteosarcoma is a common bone cancer that usually affects large breed dogs. This type of cancer causes bone pain and patients who are not treated with amputation are usually euthanized due to poor quality of life related to bone pain within a few months of diagnosis.

Study Objectives:

To assess the efficacy and side effects associated with the administration of a Chinese Herbal Formula to positively impact the life span and quality of life in dogs with appendicular osteosarcoma.

To be eligible for the study:

  • Your dogs must have a diagnosed or suspected osteosarcoma of one of itís legs.
  • Your dog must be weight-bearing on its affected leg.
  • You must be able to administer oral medications (multiple doses) to your dog.
  • You must be able to bring your dog to OVRS once monthly for all study visits.
  • You must be at least 18 years old and be able to understand the study requirements.
  • You must have elected not to pursue curative intent treatments for your dogís cancer, including surgery and chemotherapy.
  • Your dog cannot currently be taking other herbal or homeopathic supplements.

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Dr. Erin Bannink, DVM, CVA (IVAS)
Oncology/ Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Dr. Erin Bannink is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialty of oncology. Dr. Bannink has a special interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and values a holistic approach to treatment. She received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

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Michele Sauerbrey, DVM
Diplomate, ACVIM (Oncology)


Michele Sauerbrey, DVM is a Michigan native, born in Southfield. She attended Michigan State University where she completed and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1992 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997. Dr. Sauerbrey's collection of awards and recognitions obtained during her four year veterinary degree include: The Phi Zeta Award for Academic Excellence (1997) and The Jean M. Davis Foundation Scholarship (1996 & 1997).