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Natural Cancer Alternative Treatments for Your Dog


Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He works mostly with dogs and exotic animals.

Why Does My Dog Have Cancer? What Can I Do?

Dogs live a lot longer now than when I was young and for some reason there is a lot more cancer diagnosed in dogs. Whether this is because of their longer life spans (increased genetic mutations), because of all the carcinogens in the air and water or because of all the toxins in the commercial food we are forcing them to eat remains to be seen.

Cancer is caused by a mutated cell that grows until it takes over your dog's body. It can be benign, and continue to grow in one location, or malignant, and spread and grow throughout your dog's body. The mutation in the cell may be caused by polluting poisons like pesticides and the chemicals we put on our dogs to control fleas and ticks, as well as the colors and additives in commercial dog food.

For some reason your dog does not recognize the mutated cell. It may be a problem with a weak immune system, or maybe it is because the cells in the cancer are so strong that your old dog is not able to kill them off.

So, what are you going to do about it? If your dog has been diagnosed with cancer this article will discuss some if the traditional and natural remedies you can try.

Traditional Cancer Therapy

There are traditional methods in which we try to destroy the mutated cells:

  1. Surgery can be effective in removing benign tumors that are easy to isolate and even some malignant tumors that have not yet spread. If the surgery works the cancer is gone, and your dog can expect a normal life.
  2. Chemotherapy may be suggested if the cancer is spreading and cannot be surgically removed. The treatment can have a lot of side effects since it kills all rapidly growing cells like blood marrow cells, cells lining the intestine, and cells in the hair follicles. There are supplements to lessen the terrible side effects and sometimes this treatment may extend the dog's life.
  3. Radiation is another therapy that is sometimes used. The dogs usually have to be sedated or under general anesthesia for this treatment, but your veterinarian might recommend it if the tumor cannot be operated on. It can cause localized hair loss and localized burns, but there are options to treating the side effects, and it may be the only effective way to treat some tumors.

Alternatives to Surgery and Chemicals: Herbal Cancer Therapy for Dogs

If your dog has a tumor that can be removed surgically then that is the best option for her health and long term survival. If the tumor cannot be removed though and you cannot afford or do not want to put her through chemotherapy or radiation therapy, there are alternatives.

Alternative cancer therapy is mostly based on the idea of boosting the immune system and allowing your dog's body to fight off the mutated cells.

None of the natural products are guaranteed but they have a lot less side effects than the conventional therapies. None of them are likely to ever have any type of proof since no drug company is willing to fund a research project on a drug it cannot license and profit from.

  1. Astragalus: A herb than strengthens the immune system. It may be most effective in battling the spread of melanoma.
  2. Cats claw: A herb from Peru that strengthens the immune system, acts as an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and maybe keeps tumors from growing.
  3. Echinacea: Supports and strengthens the immune system.
  4. Garlic: This strengthens the immune system. Contrary to some of the web sites you will see out there, this herb is not toxic.
  5. Green tea: Another immune stimulant and maybe an antioxidant.
  6. Mushrooms: The Reishi mushroom is used as an immune stimulant and may also be anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
  7. Mistletoe: Immune system booster and may be helpful for other conditions.

Other Alternative Treatments for Your Dog's Cancer

There are some other herbs that do not improve the immune system but fight specific types of cancer. Milk thistle for the liver and dandelion for the kidneys are only a few. There are also several new herbs discovered every year that may help, but they are not available in all areas.

If you can do so, please talk to a holistic vet willing to prescribe the most appropriate herbal supplement for the type of cancer your dog is suffering from.

If you need a general supplement, and are not able to consult with a holistic vet, there are quite a few companies that are selling herbs and herb combinations that may be effective:

  • Avemar (AveUltra) : This product is made with fermented wheat germ, and I recommend it since I have seen the beneficial effects. Besides destroying cancer cells it is also an anti-inflammatory and helps detoxification. The producers of this supplement recommend you use this product periodically for the rest of the dog´s life and not use Vitamin C supplements while giving this.
  • AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound): Mushroom extracts. Boosts cells that attack the tumor cells. It is supposed to be synergistic with Avemar.
  • Essiac (Essiac tea): A mixture of burdock root, slippery elm, sorrel, and rhubarb root. No clear mechanism has been worked out but the combination of herbs may attack the cancer and clean and improve the dog´s immune system.
  • Genesis Resources Canine CAS Options: A mushroom and vitamin blend.
  • Only Natural Pet Immune Stregthener: A mixture of astragalus, cats claw, green tea, and mushrooms, with the addition of antioxidant vitamins and coenzyme Q10. The herbs boost the immune system.
  • Pet Alive C-Caps: A mixture of Echinacea, astragalus, cats claw, mistletoe, and milk thistle. This herb mixture is to boost the immune system.

What Else Can We Do?

The other thing you can do for your dog diagnosed with cancer is provide a good diet to limit the toxic substances that he is exposed to. I think that all natural is the best, and feed my dogs a raw prey type diet made up of inexpensive human-quality ingredients.

If you are not interested in feeding raw, a homemade diet will add fewer carcinogens and you can also add ingredients that can fight the cancer. I have included a great link for an organic diet (follow her recipe and do not overdo the carbohydrates), but there are a few other things you can add to help out your dog that has been diagnosed with cancer:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Probiotics
  • Digestive enzymes: Since your dog´s digestive systems are weakened when dealing with cancer, a digestive enzyme combined with a probiotic helps the body absorb necessary nutrients. This is one of the products that I have found can be of help.
  • Antioxidants
  • An organic diet: If your dog has been diagnosed and you are not willing to feed raw a homemade organic diet is the best option.

The great thing about feeding raw and in making up a diet at home is that your dog will be more likely to eat. (If your dog has cancer you already know that lack of appetite is a big problem.) You can warm up her food (not too much!) to make it smell better and she will be more likely to eat.

If you think that some of these products might help your dog go ahead and get started.

Alternate therapy in cancer treatment is not emphasized in veterinary college and your regular veterinarian may want to treat your dog´s cancer without looking into the alternatives.

It is really up to you to do the best for your dog.

  • Acai, Vitamin C, and other Antioxidants
    No one is sure that antioxidants are what a dog with cancer needs, but they might help. Açai is a fruit produced mostly in the Amazon that has antioxidant properties. Vitamins C, A, E, and some other chemicals also act as antioxidants in the body.

Questions & Answers

Question: What is a proper dose of Avemar Ultra for a 20 lbs dog?

Answer: There is not an exact dose. A packet of 17 grams will treat about 90 kilos, so about 1/4 of a packet. (The manufacturer recommends that a packet be thrown out if you do not use all of it. I do not see that this is necessary, so it should be good for 4 days.)

eevie on October 30, 2015:

Thank you so much, Dr. Mark. If he got heartworms it would be over too quickly. I have to weigh this out. I appreciate the time you have given me on helping my boy. Thank you. :)

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 30, 2015:

It really depends on where you are and how big of a problem HW is. If you were in Montana, I would say definitely not. You mentioned that the place you live in Texas has a lot of mosquitoes, however, and when your dog does get better will he be able to get over a HW infection?

It is your call of course, and please make that decision based on how much he is outside in the evenings, how bad the tumor is, etc; you are correct in that Heartgard/ivermectin is just another poison that we add to our bodies.

eevie on October 30, 2015:

Is the heartworm prevention worth the risk of adding to the tumor? I thought these type meds/poisons exacerbated cancer.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 30, 2015:

I would go ahead and give one packet a day then.

If he cannot chew the heartgard, you can give the liquid ivermectin (the sheep drench is less concentrated so easier to measure) and just put the liquid in that little pocket on the side of the mouth each month. He will swallow it just like water.

eevie on October 30, 2015:

Dr. Mark, the packets of aveUltra are 5.5 grams.

eevie on October 29, 2015:

Thank you, Dr. Mark.

I am trying to find an alternative to monthly heartgard+ because of the tumor in his mouth.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 29, 2015:

eevie, I am sorry I cannot help you with a reference to a vet in your area. I do not know anyone in your area.

What do you mean by a heartworm vaccine? Are you referring to a monthly preventative? In my experience, even working in the Mississippi valley where mosquitoes are more likely to carry the heartworm microfilaria, is ivermectin, but there are other alternatives too. You can read this article:/dogs/Heartworm-Preventative... and it might give you some useful info on preventatives. Drop me a message on one of the heartworm articles if you have any questions that I can help you with.

eevie on October 29, 2015:

One more question, please...well 2. :) What is a good heartworm vaccine alternative, please? And, i need a reference to a good veterinarian in my area. I'm in mt. pleasant, tx 75455. One of the worst areas for mosquitoes. Thank you.

eevie on October 27, 2015:

Thank you, Dr. ;) You have taken a lot of pressure from me and now i can concentrate on healing him. If you were here i would hug you!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 27, 2015:

Thanks, eevie, I hope the alternatives work out for him. Is the number of grams written on the package? He can take about 5 grams, but more is okay because of the tumor. As far as I know there will be no drug interactions, so as long as he is not vomiting or feeling worse go ahead and keep going.

eevie on October 27, 2015:

Dr. Mark...sorry to bother you again. My dog is 90 lbs and the aveultra came premeasured in packets. Will one packet a day work and i also have the IMM power for him. Can these be taken while on the aveultra and if so how often, please? Thank you so very much. You are the best help we have had. We have gone to different vets and they all either want to cut his jaw up or just let it do its thing. I'm not happy with any of those suggestions. So yeah...thank you!! :)

eevie on October 27, 2015:

Thank you, Dr. :)

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 26, 2015:

eevie-two heaping teaspoonfulls once daily, sprinkled on top of the food is easiest.

eevie on October 26, 2015:

How much of the AveUltra do i give my dog? He is about 90 lbs, 12 yrs of age and has a gum tumor. Thank you.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 19, 2013:

I have heard good things about that Only Natural Immune Stregthener too, which has cats claw among its ingredients. I guess it really depends on what you are able to buy in your area. (Since you are in the US you might try Amazon or Ebay also.) As I mentioned before, these types of tumors are not usually malignant, so although it is usually invasive locally you can take care of it and if it breaks open just keep it covered. Molly will still have a good quality of life.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on January 19, 2013:

Hello Mark, thanks so much for this. Do you think Cat's Claw is best to try to help an already aggressive breast tumor in a dog? I am going to go and get some. Do you recommend anything else specifically for this? She may not have long, and this grew to what it is in way less that just two months. From nothing, to a very aggressive and growing daily, tumor. :( It costs so much to just remove it, I can't afford it, and she is over 10 and a half years old. Thanks so much for any thoughts. Brilliant article voted up, etc.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 17, 2012:

Vitamin C is produced by dogs but not at the therapeutic levels suggested by some researchers. I have no idea why the company (that produces aveultra) says Vitamin C is contraindicated.

DoItForHer on July 17, 2012:

Vitamin C is not a vitamin for dogs; like many animals, ascorbic acid is made by the animal itself. Is it just the supplemental ascorbic acid that is not compatible? It does not sound like a contraindication, but seems concerning.

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on July 16, 2012:

Nope, she couldn't have treats, she was a brittle diabetic. That's what made it so weird! True it's not as large as an IV, but she always winced when I did it.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 16, 2012:

Did you give treats with the insulin injection? That is one common reason dogs are okay with that therapy, the other being that the insulin needle is very small and they barely feel it, not at all like an IV.

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on July 16, 2012:

Ah, point taken. Although, I disagree to a certain extent. Although I haven't had the experience you have as a vet, I had to give my dog 2 insulin shots per day, and after the first 2 days, she would come to me and whine for me to give it to her. I think if it makes them feel better, they understand it. But if it makes them feel worse, like chemo or radiation would do, then yes, I'd agree.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 16, 2012:

I was thinking of the trauma of applying a needle every day to give an IV solution. Dogs just don't understand why they have to be in pain.

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on July 16, 2012:

Interesting, why would vit C cause behavioral issues I wonder.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 16, 2012:

The comment was that the product is not compatible with Vitamin C. What a joke. It is expensive, they expect you to use it the rest of the dogs life, and it is not compatible with Vitamin C.

If you had to megadose your dog with Vitamin C intravenous I would expect secondary problems, such as behavioral issues. I hope I never have to try it in my dog.

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on July 16, 2012:

I did actually see the part on Vitamin C not compatible with AveUltra, and I thought that was rather interesting. Why is that?

I was making a joke, but in all seriousness, I do wonder if Vitamin C alone in high dosages (the intravenous quarter of a kilo dosages) would work on dogs as they do on humans. But like you said, no one has studied that, unfortunately.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 16, 2012:

You could potentially titer for anything. I think no one knows for sure if it is more accurate for certain diseases since the research is still fairly new and controversial.

DoItForHer on July 16, 2012:

Titers are interesting. Are titers more accurate (or should I say,"tight"?) with different diseases? How many titers are available?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 16, 2012:

Newer research indicates that the titer test may not even be worth it. A dog (or a human, for that matter) can have an undetectable level of antibodies but when stimulated by a live virus (a distemper virus, for example) the dog´s body starts producing antibodies and it does not get sick. The rabies vaccine she received in the past probably gave her lifelong immunity, so if she can get around the legal requirements (such as by providing a titer, like you suggest) there is little chance the dog could ever catch the disease.

DoItForHer on July 16, 2012:

Jaye, have u checked into a titers test?

In Montana the test does not technically comply with the law; however, the people I know who forgo the subsequent rabies vaccinations in favor of titers have had no legal conflicts. Even one dog that is a service dog and travels to Japan to work has no problem with having the titer instead.

The idea of the vaccination is to give the dog adequate antibodies to develop an immunity; why continually vaccinate when the dog has enough antibodies to provide an appropriate immune response several times over?

It'll cost ya; titers ain't cheap. Cheaper than a sick dog, tho.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 15, 2012:

Wow, I hope Baby is okay for the vaccination. You are not planning on any others are you?

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 15, 2012:

Good hub, Dr. Thanks for including the link to my hub about homemade dog food! Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, but I had a very busy weekend.

I'm very interested in herbal supplements that boost the immune system in dogs. My dog had a severe reaction to a rabies shot booster given several years ago before we changed vet clinics. Rabies vaccinations are legally required in this state, but at least they've extended the time from annually to every three years. My girl's vaccination is due next month, and I'm nervous about it. It seems that our previous vet gave too many vaccines simultaneously, and this had a disastrous effect, compromising my dog's immune system. It took quite a while for her to recover completely.

Fortunately, there is a holistic vet in this area who prescribes herbal remedies and preventives for pets, and she will work with traditional vets as well.

The thought of a dog suffering from cancer breaks my heart. Just as with humans, prevention is preferable to cure.

Voted Up, Useful and Interesting

Jaye

Tripawds on July 15, 2012:

Hi Dr. Mark, please see my email. We can be contacted via Tripawds.com/contact anytime. Thanks for sending folks our way!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 15, 2012:

Yes, and the organic diet would be great also. Thanks for stopping by.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on July 15, 2012:

Great informative hub. My dogs already take the omega 3(for allergies) and garlic and brewers yeast tabs. So maybe that little bit will help in keeping cancer away. Hate the thought. Glad you wrote this.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 15, 2012:

DOM, sorry this was too late for your dog. Did you see the comment on the AveUltra not being compatible with Vitamin C? I would be hesitant to use that product and that is one of the reasons I highlighted the other herbal mixture.

Thanks again Tripawd did you see my email? I really need current contact info for your group in the US. I usually give out the Tx telephone number for Tripawds when doing consults.

Tripawds on July 15, 2012:

Dr. Mark, you're so right; after I commented I saw that you are in Brazil. It's enough of a challenge to find a holistic vet here in the States, thank Dog there are vets like you in other countries, someone has to lead the way! Nice work.

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on July 15, 2012:

Where's the vitamin C? ;) I'm just kidding, I know you said no one had studied that in dogs. But I wonder if it would be effective?

This is a great hub. Unfortunately it came about 8 months too late for my little dog. But I've bookmarked it in case I need it in the future, and of course shared it!

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 15, 2012:

Thanks Tripawds I was overwhelmed at all the companies that are now selling herb mixtures. I agree with you if the person CAN find an alternative veterinarian; it is not easy. I added a link above to the one immune stregthener that looks like it can be used safely. I have no proof of this nor would any veterinarian you would consult with, no matter how far away/how expensive.

Rebecca, I am also going to publish another hub on garlic because of the numerous hubs I have run across stating that the root is toxic.

Thank you both for your comments.

Tripawds on July 15, 2012:

I think you've done a fabulous job giving a general outline of cancer care therapies. The only thing I would like to add is that anyone who wishes to pursue alternative medicine really needs to find a holistic-oriented vet to help in selecting the best treatments and to avoid getting ripped off from the hundreds of snake oil "cures" sold to cancer patients. Also, herbal remedies can do harm when used in improper combinations, so it's critical to find a vet professional to work with. They are out there, you just have to look beyond your backyard sometimes. Nice job on this hub page!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 15, 2012:

Thanks for this! My neighbor had a Great Dane with cancer. It was really sad. They pulled him around the block in a wagon during his last days and finally put him down. I am going to start putting garlic in my dog food. I heard it helps to repel fleas too.


Dog Cancer Fighters: 9 Herbal Remedies

Choose 1 of these 9 effective herbal remedies to help your dog fight her specific type of cancer.

  1. Aloe Vera – Acemannan, a polysaccharide immune stimulant found in aloe vera, may be helpful for your dog with skin cancer. Acemannan is approved for use as part of therapy for treating fibrosarcoma tumors in dogs. When you use fresh aloe, cut off the leaf and remove the yellow part of the gel near the leaf. This Dog Canceryellow part, aloe latex, contains aloin, a chemical that may irritate your dog’s skin if she’s allergic to latex.
  2. Chaga Tea – Chaga, a medicinal fungus, grows on birch trees, looks like dark brown crusty growths and needs to be harvested in a careful sustainable way. Dog cancer benefits of chaga tea include: immunity booster and biological response modifier, anti-cancer properties, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral. Put 5-10 chunks of Chaga in a crock pot filled with fresh filtered water. Use medium heat until water turns a dark color. You can keep chaga tea in your crock pot on low heat as long as you add water every day. Give your dog up to 1 cup of cool chaga tea daily. Check with your vet if your dog is diabetic or has a chronic disease to make sure chaga tea won’t interact with her medications. Chaga tea can help with melanoma, colon and liver cancers as well as lower toxicity after radiation and chemotherapy

3. Ginseng – Ginseng, a perennial plant, helps your dog’s immune system, has anti-inflammatory qualities, helps impede dog cancer, and promotes relaxation. Ginseng is also a powerful antioxidant and promotes longevity. Add up to 1 cup cool ginseng tea to your dog’s water or her food bowl. If you choose ginseng in capsules, give your dog 1 capsule daily.

4. Hemp Seed Oil – Hemp seed oil helps your dog fight brain and lung cancer, supports your dog’s immune system and may help with your dog’s non-cancerous, cancerous tumors and inflammation. Use 1/4 teaspoon daily for dogs under 10 pounds and 1/2 teaspoon daily for dogs over 10 pounds. Add hemp seed oil daily to your dog’s wet or dry food.

5. Lemon – Lemon juice acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-aging remedy which fights dog cancer and tumors. Use 1/4 teaspoon or less daily for small dogs under 10 pounds. Use 1 – 2 teaspoons daily for medium to large dogs. Add 1/2 teaspoon grated, chopped or finely minced lemon to your dog’s food at morning or night. Keep lemon parts refrigerated in an air tight glass receptacle to keep fresh.

6. Marjoram – Add marjoram as an all-purpose herb to boost your dog’s immune system and give your dog these benefits: anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogen, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory. Marjoram is high in beta carotenes, essential oils, lutein & xanthins, iron, and vitamins A, C & K which help fight dog cancer. Sprinkle marjoram powder in your dog’s food. Pour cool marjoram tea in your dog’s water or food bowl. Marjoram is also available in capsules. Dosage for small dogs: Pinch of powder, 1/2 capsule, up to 1/4 cup tea. Dosage for medium to large dogs: 1-2 teaspoons daily, 1 capsule, 1/2 – 1 cup tea.

7. Olive Leaf Extract – Olive leaf extract helps hinder cancer growth. A recommended dosage of olive leaf extract is 100 mg capsule daily for dogs under 20 pounds and 250-500 mg capsule daily for medium to large dogs.

8. Quassia Bark – Benefits of quassia bark include anti-viral, anti-tumor and anti-cancerous qualities. You can use 1-2 drops of quassia bark tincture in your dog’s food daily.

9. Turmeric – Turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory herb, helps as a remedy for dog cancer. Curcumin, a pain reliever, is the bio-active compound in turmeric which gives it a bright orange color. Sprinkle turmeric powder in your dog’s food daily to help with your dog’s cancer. Daily dosage for turmeric should not exceed 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of your dog’s weight and not exceed 2 teaspoons for dogs over 100 pounds.

Now you have 9 choices of powerful herbal remedies for your dog’s cancer to help boost your dog’s immune system, reduce inflammation and give your dog a chance for a longer, healthier life while she fights her cancer


Holistic pet treatments are beneficial because they’re natural and help to bring back balance to your dog’s body. In many cases, that starts with changing your dog’s diet. Feeding your dog a properly balanced diet can help to make them stronger—strong enough to fight off the cancer cells invading their body.

Things like lean protein and omega 3 fatty acids will help to build new tissue that can fight off the invasive disease. Homeopathic pet products like soil-based probiotics can make it easier for your dog to absorb the nutrients they need to get stronger. Essential vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, and zinc can be used to boost the immune system.

There are so many beneficial (and essential) vitamins, herbs, and natural supplements that can be used in holistic care for dogs suffering from cancer. The holistic approach is natural, brings balance back to your dog’s body, and does so without the use of harmful chemicals or radiation. Your dog heals itself from the inside out once that balance is restored.

If your dog has been diagnosed with cancer, you don’t have to feel hopeless! The holistic approach can make a big difference in their quality of life and how effectively they beat the invasive disease. If you’d like to know more about holistic healing for pets, feel free to contact us by phone or email.


Strengthening your pet’s immune system

The real defense against cancer and for that matter any other disease is the body’s immune system. If the immune system is strong, it follows that these cells are killed or reabsorbed before they can cause cancer or threaten overall health. If the immune system is weak, treatment only results in temporary remission of the disease only to reoccur.

If the reason behind cancer was known then it would have helped a great deal in finding a definite cure for the deadly disease. But apart from the fact that there are certain carcinogens that cause cancer, very little is known about what causes cancer. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the incidence of cancer in dogs and the feline cancer-causing lot of concern to pet owners.

It has been suggested that there is a high probability of some cancer cells present in a body. A perfectly conditioned and healthy body does not let cancer take root. It is the immune system of the body that inhibits these cancer-causing cells from multiplying.

When the body is unhealthy, the immune system triggers off certain changes in the body to fight back. When cancer takes root, the immune system causes certain symptoms to appear in the body. These symptoms are basically the body’s mechanism to fight back in order to self-heal.

As cancer progresses, the self-healing process can go awry. The body cannot handle the constant “war” situation. With changing priorities of the body system, the normal growth processes are compromised. A diet that can strike a balance in priorities of attending to cancer and the routine growth processes can be of great help in prolonging the life of a pet.

Nutrition for pets with cancer

Your pet’s body requires a typical diet that is compatible with his structure and needs. It should be kept in mind that human food is not always good for the animal. A pet who suffers from cancer requires specific nutrition that can allow him to fight back the disease and continue the other regular body functions.

It is not too optimistic to believe that the right nutrition can help in treating cancer in pets. And a certain combination of nutrients can also help in preventing cancer. Additionally, it can help ensure a better quality of life if cancer has already set in.

There is a strong correlation between nutrition and cancer. Commercial foods available in the market contain a 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 pet’s health. If home food is not an option, opt for healthy foods for pets 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 Protects cells from damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules made by the process of oxidation during normal metabolism). Free radicals may play a part in cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of aging. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, Vitamins A, C, and E, and other natural and manufactured substances. , Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Many herbs also help in fighting cancer and can be given directly or along with a meal. Discuss 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 anti-cancer properties and increase oxygen uptake to cells.

Not much research has been conducted to understand how diets can manage or prevent cancer from occurring in pets. Whatever research is available suggests that a diet that provides the following substances in sufficient quantities can be of help:

  • Vitamins C, D, and E along with beta-carotene and chemical compound of Vitamin A known as retinoids
  • minerals like selenium, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium, lead, iron, potassium, sodium, iodine and germanium
  • enzymes that help in immunization against cancer-causing pathogens. These are available as oral preparations
  • green and black tea is believed to have cancer-inhibiting properties and can be introduced in the pet’s meal.

Cancer treatments and surgery can drain the energy out of a patient. If the energy levels dip to extremely low levels a condition known as cancer cachexia Weakness and wasting of the body due to severe chronic illness, also known as Wasting Syndrome, is a sign of diseases, such as advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), AIDS, cancer, or heart failure. occurs. One of the symptoms of liver cancer in pets is a loss of appetite and extreme weight loss. Managing the amount of energy spent and supplementing with a healthy diet are the best ways of countering the condition.

Supplements for the immune system

Cod liver oil is usually favored by veterinarians for its high Vitamin A, D, and Omega 3 fatty acid content. Vitamin A is essential for maintaining healthy mucous membranes in eyes and ears. It also keeps the gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts in proper operable conditions. Vitamin D, on the other hand, helps in the effective metabolism of calcium, which is essential for maintaining bone density.

Fish oils like cod liver oil are natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are necessary to maintain overall health. Many commercial diets for dogs and cats contain Omega 6 fatty acids in higher than recommended proportions, which can prove to be harmful. The Omega 3 fatty acids in cod liver oil act as a balancing factor and counters the harmful effects of Omega 6 acids.

Fatty acids, to be effective, should be in the form of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and are thus termed as essential fatty acids. Fish oils, including cod liver oil, are natural sources of these forms of fatty acids. Plant-based oils need to be converted from Alpha-linolenic Acid (LNA), a process that requires huge amounts of LNA for the required amount of EPA and DHA.

Essential fatty acids are necessary for some critical functions the body must perform to maintain health:

  • transport and metabolism of cholesterol and triglycerides
  • normal brain development and functioning
  • maintaining vision
  • adrenal functioning
  • regulate the immune system.

Herbs like aloe vera, Echinacea, astragalus, goldenseal, elder, and garlic are suggested to play a role in maintaining a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system helps in preventing certain diseases that often cause problems in the health of your dog or cat.

It is important for pet owners to learn more about this aspect of animal health so that early treatment may be given to avoid further complications.

The natural and holistic approach to maintain immune system health is always preferred as natural remedies can be included in the routine diet without fear of major side effects. Despite this, some herbs are not recommended in certain conditions and in undiluted form. It is better to use herbs after gathering full information or under the supervision of a certified herbalist.

Pet Cancer Sites

Tony Isaacs has a website for pet cancer (primarily for dogs). He does NOT recommend oleander products because they are too hard on their digestive tracts.


7 Natural Remedies for Cancer in Dogs and Cats

7 Natural Cancer Remedies for Pets

A diagnosis of cancer in a beloved pet can be emotionally devastating and financially intimidating. The good news is that natural remedies for cancers in dogs and cats often work quite well and are relatively inexpensive. Essiac tea, the Budwig Diet and certain herbs and supplements have been used to increase life span and comfort of many dogs and cats with cancer.

1. Essiac Tea

Essiac tea is a simple blend of four herbs that are given as a tea to pets and people with cancer. Dosing instructions and the complete protocol can be found on this page.

2. Budwig Diet

Johanna Budwig created a protocol to treat a variety of cancers in humans. This diet has been used successfully for pets as well. It consists of adding flax seed and cottage cheese mixed together to the daily diet.

3. Chaga Mushroom

While the mechanism by which chaga mushroom benefits pets with cancer may be unclear, studies have found that chaga mushroom indeed can suppress cancer tumors in animals. 1

4. Castor Oil

Castor oil is helpful to reduce growths and tumors. It is applied topically. It can be massaged into the area of concern or used as a castor oil pack. The castor oil pack method is preferred but may be more difficult to implement than simply massaging castor oil into the area.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric is a root that is used as a spice and medicine for people and pets. It can be added to food. Pet dosing information can be found on this page.

6. Dietary Changes

Most grocery store pet foods are heavy in fillers, chemicals, colors and grains, non of which belong in a natural diet for animals. While inexpensive pet foods will take care of appetite in pets they will not take care of health and may contribute to multiple health problems. Seeking out sources of pet food that is closer to a dog or cats natural diet or making dog or cat food at home will provide pets with the needed nutrients to promote health and support healing from serious diseases link cancer.

7. Environmental Changes

Dogs and cats can be exposed to many toxins and poisons that overload the system and may have contributed to cancer in the first place. Ideally dogs and cats can have outdoor areas that have not been sprayed with pesticides or chemicals. This page provides ideas for coping with environmental toxins.

Do you have a natural remedy for a pet with cancer? Please send us some feedback!

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Apple Cider Vinegar

1 User Review

I have 2 Shelties I love dearly,Dakota and Cheyenne they are 9 years old. Last year we found out Cheyenne had tyroid problems and she was started on medication.At the same time I started adding ACV to her food in mornings only and Dakotas food also on account of his age. The next time Cheyenne had her blood tested she had her medicine decreased,and she is doing great. Then last summer Dakota was very sick and we found out he had colon cancer and maybe 1 to 3 months to live, after we got him better and his infection cleared he has been doing great 8 months later. He is on bladder medication and I give him ACV every morning in his food and we would never know he is sick.I am a firm believer in ACV. My problem is not knowing how much ACV I should be feeding them, they are both around 25 lbs. I also drink ACV daily and I feel very healthy, any info you can send me would be greatly appreciated

Hi Karen.
We have a Schipperke mix she's 7 years old and approximately 40lbs.
A couple of days ago an ex-ray at the vet seems to show cancer in the hind left leg area. We should have a second opinion from ex-ray specialist Monday 1/5/18.
We have used ACV in the past and are willing to use it to help Bindi.
If you have any suggestions on how much and how often it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Christine and Steven

EC : Hi Christine,

Unfortunately, Karen's post is from 2007 and she is unlikely to see it, sorry! Perhaps one of our other wonderful pet lovers can advise.

Hey Christine! I keep a bowl of water in the floor for my dog's and that's the way I give them the vinegar. I use Bragg's apple cider vinegar. I would say the bowl I use holds about a quart and a half and I started them out with 2 tsp in their water, that way they could get used to the taste and then I increased it to about a tblsp after about a week. I hope this help's. I know some people put it in their food. I haven't tried that yet.

Don't forget to add a pinch baking soda (food grade) to the water to prevent the acid (ACV) from stripping the enamel off the teeth.

Baking Soda and Maple Syrup

2 User Reviews

The protocol for Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking soda) for dogs over 100lbs is 1tsp a day. You mix one part baking soda (Bobs Red Mill Brand - no trace aluminum in the product-VERY IMPORTANT) with 3 parts organic maple syrup. So for 3 Tablespoons of baking soda you will mix 9 Tablespoons of Maple syrup. Heat over stove not in aluminum. . I use a stainless steel pan with water and put the mixture in a Pyrex (glass) measuring cup and heat for 5-10 minutes over med heat, don't boil. You just want the mixture to blend. I put in a sterilized glass jar and put in the fridge for use over 1 week. Discard after the week and make a new batch. If your animal is less than 100 lbs, like 25lbs, I would use a quarter of a teaspoon a little less for 17lbs. I use a child's medicine syringe to disperse into my dogs mouth. This will help you to measure for a quarter teaspoon. My dog has cancer and responds phenomenally to this treatment. Like a new dog. I use this once a day for 6-8 solid weeks. Go to the vet monthly to check blood work, you want to know that your pet is in the clear. I might even use the protocol once a week as a preventative.

My dog's diet consists of ground turkey or chicken (NO MEAT, NO DAIRY, NO GRAIN) Fish is also acceptable, wild salmon a good option for cats.

This lightly cooked poultry is mixed with a little rice, 1 cup of raw spinach cut up it will wilt, 1 cup of raw watercress cut up and grated carrot, 2 cloves of minced garlic, minced fresh ginger, teaspoon of turmeric, sea salt, tablespoon of organic coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of ground beet root and some black strap molasses.

Poultry for B6, Spinach and beet root is for Iron as well as black strap molasses, turmeric and ginger are anti inflammatory, garlic is to boost immunity, watercress has B17 which fights cancer, coconut oil is anti bacterial, and sea salt for minerals.

Our vet wanted me to put my dog on Prednisone and do chemo/radiation. I said no, I can kill the cancer with baking soda and maple syrup, the anemia and inflammation are addressed with the ingredients in his food instead of the prednisone poison. Prednisone side affects include cataracts, loss of bone, loss of sleep, weight gain, headaches. I only pay the vet for a diagnosis, I prefer to conduct my own treatment.

This works if you want to save your pet or a person with cancer. DO NOT DO CHEMO OR RADIATION it will kill. Go watch Dr Leonard Coldwell on youtube.

This does work. I did it with my 13yr old papillon who had liver cancer. This stopped the tumor and to the vet's amazement, restored normal enzyme values for his liver.

How much and how often is the baking soda/molasses given and is it given on an empty stomach?

How much do you give them 15 years old

I would like to treat my dog with the baking soda and maple syrup concoction. She is btw 60 and 70 lbs. So should I give her 1 teaspoon per day?

She has 2 tumors on her liver.

I have a 15# doxy who was just diagnosed with cancer of the spleen..

She is not acting sickly. The vet gave her 4-6 more months to live. How much and how often with the baking soda and maple syrup.

I am trying the maple syrup baking soda treatment on my older dog to remove some tumors. The vet says they are not cancerous but I am unsure. Will this treatment work on non cancerous tumors? In addition, when I warm the syrup and baking soda, it hardens significantly. It turns into more of hard carmel substance. I have read people being able to put the mixture into a syringe. Not the mixture Im making, I can barely tear it apart. Am I doing something wrong? In advance, thank you for your response. Bryan

Black Salve

2 User Reviews

Black salve, properly formulated with no acids, just with bloodroot, sheep sorrel, gangalal, and red clover WORKS!

I have very sensitive skin and scar from everything. Tried this on a patch of the sensitive skin on my inner forearm. No reaction other than discoloration after 24 hour application. Had an abnormal mole the doc said was most likely cancerous. Put the stuff on that and WOW! Immediate reaction. After pain for days, the body pushed out the entire mole and its roots. Biopsy on my arm confirmed clear of cancer after that.

My mastiff was diagnosed with cancer on his elbow 2016. Put some on my dog that had a cancerous tumor on his elbow. Took a lot longer to treat because the bandage would not stay put. The tumor drained and then fell out. He should have died in a year or less. It is now 2020 and he is doing fine. The idiots that claim black salve is a hoax and dangerous are the idiots who are toting the pharmaceutical industry's nonsense. There are bad batches out there that put acid in their mix. Do not buy from them. Research and find a reputable company to get the good stuff.

The bloodroot ruptures the protective sheath around the cancer so the body can recognize it as bad. The body then appropriately attacks the cancer and shoves it out. There is a crater at first. Keep it clean, moist, and covered. Use a comfrey based salve on it. It will fill in, heal, and have little scarring if you follow the directions.

Black salve, properly formulated with no acids, just with bloodroot, sheep sorrel, gangalal, and red clover WORKS! I have very sensitive skin and scar from everything. Tried this on a patch of the sensitive skin on my inner forearm. No reaction other than discoloration after 24 hour application.

Had an abnormal mole the doc said was most likely cancerous. Put the stuff on that and WOW! Immediate reaction. After pain for days, the body pushed out the entire mole and its roots. Biopsy on my arm confirmed clear of cancer after that.

My mastiff was diagnosed with cancer on his elbow 2016. Put some on my dog that had a cancerous tumor on his elbow. Took a lot longer to treat because the bandage would not stay put. The tumor drained and then fell out. He should have died in a year or less. It is now 2020 and he is doing fine. The idiots that claim black salve is a hoax and dangerous are the idiots who are toting the pharmaceutical industry's nonsense. There are bad batches out there that put acid in their mix. Do not buy from them. Research and find a reputable company to get the good stuff. The bloodroot ruptures the protective sheath around the cancer so the body can recognize it as bad. The body then appropriately attacks the cancer and shoves it out. There is a crater at first. Keep it clean, moist, and covered.

Use a comfrey based salve on it. It will fill in, heal, and have little scarring if you follow the directions.

Bladder Cancer

My dog was just diagnosed with TCC (in the Urethra) and I'm looking for any information / medications / dietary help I can provide her. I've been given a prognosis of 6-12 months but she's in such a great mood.

If you have any suggestions I'm all ears.

She has just started chemo and proxicam.


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