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From Stray to one of Instagram’s most loved pups: Potato the cancer warrior

Posted 2019-05-30

Meet Potato. He is a Pug/Shar-Pei blend, and we are just in love with this celebrity pup. Potato’s story is not one without it’s share of struggle, strength, and perseverance. He was originally found roaming the streets of LA, and was turned into a shelter.

He lived in a park with a homeless camp and was often seen wandering around looking for food. From there he was rescued by Love Leo Rescue. At this time Potato was severely obese, and had a variety of other health concerns.

Potato in 2017


His foster mom started taking him for daily ‘boot camp’ walks and maintained this exercise regimen, balanced with a diet chock full of healthy veggies. This was a good start to Potato’s weight loss journey. The rescue folks guessed that he was between 8-10 years old.

They knew that being overweight could shorten his life, and knew this would make him more susceptible to long-term health problems. Potato and his people have been working hard to bring his weight down to a more healthy level.

Potato in 2018

Potato - aggressive melanoma

In August, Potato was diagnosed with melanoma –  so our team of Pet Experts recommended a few cancer fighting supplements for his melanoma. ES Clear for cancer, Milk Thistle for the liver, Natures Immuno for tumors and immunity, and BK Detox for blood purification.

He’s doing incredibly well and happily, religiously taking his supplements. We can’t thank you enough for the love and guidance.

These NHV supplements are now a part of his daily routine, he turns his nose up at his healthy meals without the supplements added! Being proactive and having some extra support to keep their bodies strong is very important for pets dealing with cancer. Here’s Potato enjoying some of his supplements.

Update November 2017

“I can really say that NHV drops are like a miracle. They work so well, Tater had his labs redone on Wednesday and Friday they called and said everything looks good as if he didn’t have cancer.”

Potato now has begun to give back to the community that helped rescue him from the streets. He has become a certified therapy animal and dropped down to 24 lbs. This slim and trim pooch is continuing on his journey. He loves bringing joy and light into the lives of others. Most importantly, Potato has found his forever home with the power of love and community around him. Cancer won’t stop this svelte spud from living his best life with his new family.


Follow @adognamedpotato for his weight loss journey, silly costumes, and holistic cancer journey. Thank you for being such an inspiration Potato, and for giving hope to the other fur kids waiting for their forever homes too.

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Which NHV supplements are helping this cancer fighter? 

NHV Pet Cancer Detox Kit  – This kit is a combination of 3 supplements and it is one of our main cancer fighting supplements. ES Clear helps to reduce tumour growth, and also helps to detoxify vital organs thus improving overall quality of life. Milk Thistle, which helps to detoxify the liver and kidneys. BK Detox supports in strengthening and protecting the immune system. The combined herbs help the compromised immune system that are fighting cancer and have antifungal and antibacterial properties that help clear toxins and promote healing.

Natures Immuno– This is a 5 mushroom blend that offers excellent cancer and tumor support, especially when paired with the cancer kit. It also helps to support the immune system to keep your pet healthy through the fight with cancer.

Mushrooms for dogs with cancer

No matter what condition you are supporting, please get in touch with one of our knowledgeable Pet Experts, and we will be happy to work with you select supplements and determine dosages to best suit your individual fur kid’s needs.

Update December 2018

He’s gone. Our sweet little Potato has left for the rainbow bridge. He was perfect and doing fine. He looked a little tired and the vets put sent him home with IV fluids as everything else seemed okay. He slept in the night and passed away in his sleep.

potato passed away

Unfortunately this is an aggressive cancer and it can cause a lot of suffering. Potato’s passing leaves his family, his friends, his vet team and everyone here at NHV sad and heart broken. But we’re happy that he lived for as long as he did and that he did not suffer. He is an inspiration for many pups living in shelters fighting diseases like cancer. There is hope out there and NHV is here to support such pets. Please don’t stop rescuing, fostering and adopting these special ones.

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