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Vet Talk: Integrative Care For Cancer in Pets

Posted June 21, 2016


In my veterinary clinic one of the most common and unfortunate cases I’m presented with is cancer in pets. As an integrative veterinary practice, the owners who see us are seeking help with how to improve quality of life, extend life with holistic therapies, or ease chemotherapy side effects. Diet, supplements, acupuncture, physical therapy, and other complimentary modalities greatly improve quality of life, ease pain and help to increase the life span of my pet cancer patients.

Cancer shortens the lives of nearly half of all dogs and cats in the U.S. Cancer in pets occurs when the body’s immune system cannot stop cells from replicating at an abnormally fast, disorderly pace and forming a mass known as a tumor. Sadly, just as in humans, cancer in our pets is not caused by any single factor. While genetics and environmental factors can play a role in the disease’s development, other variables such as toxins, radiation, and tumor viruses, as well as hormones can also be responsible for causing several types of cancer. Suppressed or deficient immune systems can also increase an animal’s risk in developing cancer.

Approximately one third of all tumors in dogs are skin tumors, and up to twenty percent of those are mast cell tumors. The most common location to find mast cells is in the skin, followed by the spleen, liver, and bone marrow. Tumors and cancer are also found in mammary glands, mouth, lymph nodes, abdomen, and bone; unfortunately cancer can be anywhere in the body.

My goals in treating cancer include helping to fight the disease itself, as well as strengthening the immune system, dispel side effects of chemotherapy, alleviate pain, and improve quality of life. I recommend antioxidants, high levels of high quality omega 3 fatty acids such as NHV PetOmega-3, inhibiting metastasis with curcumin (like NHV Turmeric), bromelain, astragalus, resveratrol, medicinal mushrooms . I recommend a low carbohydrate, moderated to high fat and moderate protein diet. Vitamin A, C, D3, E and selenium may inhibit tumor growth. Other herbs such as garlic, ginseng, green tea, have been proven to be useful in helping slow the progression of cancer growth.

When a specific cancer diagnosis has been made, herbal and diet protocols are made specific to the cancer. I often prescribe NHV Milk Thistle for detoxing and liver support, NHV ES clear for overall cancer and immune support and NHV BK Detox to help flush toxins from the body’s system.

Diagnosis of cancer is often surprising and shocking. Know that there are things to help your beloved one to help ease with the disease and provide comfort and an increased life span. I see this over and over again in my practice.

4 replies.

  1. Bette says:

    *How in the world are you suppose to get all these things into a finicky cat with CA???

    1. NHV Natural Pet Products says:

      Hi Bette,
      Thank you for your comment inquiry. All of our NHV supplements are in liquid form, which not only assimilates into the bloodstream faster than tablets or capsules, but it also makes it easier to administer. The supplements are in a glycerin base, which gives them a slightly sweet flavour that most cats do not mind. They can be given directly into your kitty’s mouth or can easily be hidden in their wet food, soaked into a favorite treat, or mixed into a tsp of yoghurt or pumpkin. NHV supplements have been designed to be safe to use together, so they can even be administered all at the same time for convenience!

  2. Jess says:

    My cat just started interferon. Can he have these supplements in addition to that?

    1. NHV Natural Pet Products says:

      Hi Jess,
      Thank you for your question. Our resources do not show any negative interactions between any of our NHV cancer related products and Interferon, so they should be safe to use together. We do always recommend consulting with your vet to ensure that they are aware of any supplements you are administering to your kitty in addition to the medications they are prescribing. All of our NHV supplements have also been designed to be safe to use together and can be administered at the same time for convenience.

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