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A Natural Anti-Cancer Protocol for Dogs
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A Natural Anti-Cancer Protocol for Dogs

A Natural Anti-Cancer Protocol for Dogs

(Please Note: Though this is written primarily with dogs in mind, most of it should also apply to cats and other pets and animals.  To be sure about any single recommended vitamin, mineral, herb or other supplement it is suggested strongly that you do a search such as Google for the item and the type of animal, such as “selenium and cats”.)

"Cancer" is probably the word we most dread to hear, yet one that all of us who have dogs, cats or other pets and animals are likely to hear at some time.  It is estimated that one in ten dogs will have some form of tumor. It is also a subject on which there are many misunderstandings and misconceptions, not only among owners but in the veterinary profession. The last is probably due to the fact that widespread treatment of cancer in animals is still relatively new.

What is cancer?


The proper name is neoplasia - literally "new growth" - and the features which define it are persistence/purposelessness/proliferation. There are two types of neoplasia: malignant which destroy, invade, and metastase (spread); and benign, which grow locally and by expansion rather than invasion. A benign tumor is like an egg, with well defined edges which can be felt around. It can usually be removed by surgery. Even a benign tumor, though, can cause problems through pressure, for example if it occurs in the brain. A malignant tumor has no clear edges and will ulcerate and spread. Since the boundary cannot be defined it is usually impossible to remove all the cancer cells by surgery. Malignant tumors metastase by lymphatic invasion, via the blood stream, or transcoelonic spread. Such metastasis in dogs is generally to the lungs but it can be to any part of the body. The only way to tell the difference between a benign and malignant tumor is to examine a sample under a microscope. Benign tumors can become malignant.

What kinds of cancer occur in dogs?


In dogs generally 50 per cent of all tumors are of the skin (of which about 40 per cent are malignant and 60 per cent benign), 20 per cent are of the mammary glands (which account for 58 per cent of tumors in bitches, of which about 50 per cent are benign), only 10 per cent are of the alimentary system (which is one of the prime sites in Man), 10 per cent of the lymphatic system, 5 per cent of the reproductive system, and 5 per cent others.

However, bone tumors are much more common in the large and giant breeds. They are most likely to occur at the ends of long bones in the growth plates but may occur on the skull, pelvis, etc. Bone tumors are mostly extremely malignant. Signs are swelling, pain, heat, and lameness (if the tumor is in a limb bone). However, although bone tumors on the forelimb (especially at the distal [lower] end of the radius/ulna - just above the knee joint and a favorite site) or those on the distal end of the tibia/fibula (just above the hock joint) on the hind leg are easy enough to detect, particularly when the typical hard swelling starts, those in other sites can be much more difficult to diagnose. This is especially so if they are on bones where there is heavy surrounding musculature, such as the shoulder-blade, upper arm, or thigh. These are all too likely to be diagnosed as pulled muscles, damaged tendons, arthritis, etc. Also, osteosarcoma (the most common form of bone cancer in these breeds) often starts up after some kind of trauma such as a collision or fall and is most likely to occur in the age range of 6 to 8 years, so the tendency is for a diagnosis of bruising, arthritis, etc. in any case.

Oral tumors are quite common and mostly malignant. One problem is that they are often well advanced before being noticed. Signs are bloody saliva, bad breath, difficulty in eating, or unwillingness to eat. Malignant melanoma are particularly dangerous and spread rapidly.

Nasal tumors are quite rare but mostly malignant. Signs are sneezing, difficulty in breathing, discharge from the nose, or nosebleeds. They do not spread quickly but cause much local damage.

Tumors of the gut are rare but usually malignant and generally well advanced by the time they are noticed. Spleen tumors are usually malignant with early secondaries. Signs of internal tumors are non-specific but include weight loss (sometimes rapid), diarrhea or constipation, pain which may be shown by a stiffness of movement, passage of blood or vomiting of blood or "coffee-grounds", and loss of appetite.

Tumors of the lungs (a prime site in Man) do not occur as primaries in dogs but frequently as secondaries. Signs are difficulty in breathing, particularly after exercise, coughing, and wheezing.

Cancer of the lymph system is quite common and can involve a combination of lymph glands, bone marrow, circulating blood, and internal organs. Signs are enlargement of glands, depression, anorexia, and weight loss. These cancers include lymphosarcoma and leukemia. There are two types of canine lymphoma: the multicentric which affects the whole body, and one which develops only in the alimentary, cutaneous, and thymic glands.

Skin tumors can vary from granuloma, which are pea-sized, to vast lumps. Not all lumps which appear on the skin are tumors. Sebaceous cysts are very common, particularly in the elderly dog, but are only blocked sebaceous glands and quite harmless, although they do sometimes burst. It is a good rule, though, to have any lump tested.

Treating Cancer

Treating cancer, including canine and feline cancers with chemotherapy drugs is plagued with dangers. Most veterinarians are against the use of these drugs since the side effects are sometimes worse than the ailment. Mostly veterinarians suggest chemotherapy if the dog owner insists and is adamant to prolong the life of his dog, irrespective of its quality.

If you are looking for a better quality of life rather than just adding to the number of years, you should look towards a holistic treatment for cancer. A natural approach is devoid of toxicity, has no side effects and attempts to fight cancer cells in a natural way. You may have a good chance of success, but even if not you can provide a comfortable life to an already ailing animal.

The first step should be to clear the pet’s environment of all potentially carcinogenic materials and chemicals. Change his environment so that there is no contact with harmful pesticides, chemicals and toxic materials. Clean the household where remnants of these tend to accumulate. Throw out the plastic feeding bowl and use ceramic or metal. Start giving filtered water to the dog.

When a dog is fighting cancer, the first concern is to get the immune function back to normal.  The next most important issue is diet. A dog with cancer is building a lot of new tissue, and adequate proteins and cell membrane compounds (omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids) are required to do this. When the adequate amounts of the correct proteins and fats are not present in the diet, the body will rob it from other places, leading at best to muscle wasting, but more likely complications with the functions of the kidneys and liver. This can lead to kidney and liver failure, which is something your poor dog does not need on top of the cancer. Fortunately, these secondary liver and kidney complications can usually be avoided by watching the dog's diet.

Homeopathy can do wonders if a remedy is found that meets all the symptoms present in your dog. Such a remedy can prove to be one of the best tools to manage cancer.

There is a strong correlation between nutrition and cancer. Commercial foods available in the market contain preservative and synthetic substances that may be carcinogenic and may cause harm to the process of healthy cell multiplication. Home cooked and organic food is best for your dog’s health. If home cooked food is not an option, opt for health foods for dogs that are available in health stores. Before buying, make sure that they do not contain hormones, pesticides or antibiotics.

You may also choose to give therapeutic-level supplements of antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Many herbs also help in fighting cancer and can be given directly or along with a meal. Discuss this with your veterinarian and select a few herbs and natural foods that are rich in zinc, selenium and omega 3 fatty acids. Fish oil or flaxseed oil have cancer-fighting properties and increase oxygen uptake to cells.

Caring for a dog with cancer requires dog owners to be well-conversed with the minute details of how symptoms of cancer manifest in pets. Cancer tends to remain concealed for a long time. For example, the symptoms of liver cancer in dogs are vague and are normally ignored or associated with milder conditions. Creating a program for home cancer care will help to curb the growth of cancer cells. If you can start such a program right from the time you bring your dog home, it may even prevent the dreaded disease.

  • Make sure that your pet has plenty of clean, filtered water.  Cats can be fussy drinkers and may only want to drink from a running tap, out of your glass of water or from rain puddles.
  • Ensure your pet is eating a balanced, high-quality diet with plenty of raw and unprocessed food, (preferably organic), and avoid onions and chocolate, as they can be toxic to animals.
  • Try and eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides, and make your house a no-smoking zone. Your pets need to have healthy lungs as well – and the whole household will benefit! 
  • Talk to a holistic vet before immunizing your pet every year. Conventional over-vaccination may stress the immune system unnecessarily, leading to negative side effects.
  • Food and water bowls should be made of glass, stainless steel or porcelain, and not plastic. Wash your pet’s water bowl and food bowls regularly using hot water. Make sure to rinse them well, so as not to leave any harmful chemical residue behind.
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise! A good ball throwing session in the park or a catnip mouse ‘seek and destroy mission’ will benefit your pet, as a fit, healthy pet is less likely to develop illness.
  • Provide your pet with the herbs he would usually eat in the wild. These could include liver-cleansing herbs like Milk Thistle and Dandelion, and immune system tonics like Echinacea and Astragalus.
  • Be sure that your dog or other pet gets plenty of fresh air, sunshine and indirect sun from being outside even if in the shade.
  • Eliminate stress and give your pet plenty of love, affection and understanding. Just as stress and trauma have been proven to be associated with higher cancer risk and impediments to recovery in humans, the same is likely true for dogs and other pets.  Note: pets, especially dogs, pick up on human stress so it is imperative for the owners to eliminate stress from their own life and environment.

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