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Cancer in Dogs and Cats

Cancer in Dogs and Cats

Pet supplements for canine cancer; cancer in dogs.

Herbal nutrition to help adjunctively and nutritionally address cancer and tumors in dogs.

 

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals help support the process of free radical scavenging, which is the skin’s ability to withstand and repair the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens, microorganisms and skin wounds.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

When your animal’s immune system is triggered, and if it is not in balance, it sends an alarm throughout the body in instances such as exposure to fleas, pollen, chemicals or other inorganic materials. When immunity is not balanced, it becomes overactive or suppressed and is no longer able to tell the difference between its own body or a foreign invader. As a result, the animal body basically attacks its own immune system, opening the door to inflammation, infection and autoimmune disease. 

Immunity is the single most important thing you can support in your pet, aside from quality food and water. The immune system is tasked with supporting normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease.  

Dog and cat cancer is becoming more prevalent. Cancer accounts for 50% of deaths in dogs over the age of 10. Many holistic veterinarians believe that cancer in dogs usually results from a weakened immune system. The exact causes of cancer are unclear, although we know that all forms begin by genetic mutations that convert normal cells into cancerous cells. It is believed that mutations are usually caused by chronic inflammation or excessive oxidation.

All forms of cancer start when atypical gene mutations occur in cells that are at risk. The mutated cells begin to rapidly reproduce and attack normal, healthy cells. When the atypical cells outpace normal cells, cancerous tumors form.

The lifespan of healthy normal cells is limited. This normal cell death is called apoptosis. However, cancer cells have mutated genes that send abnormal messages to the cells, causing them to prevent apoptosis. The reprogramming of these cells allows cancer cells to live indefinitely. When cancer cells reproduce by cell division, the mutated genes are passed on to the new cells. As a result, the cancer cells multiply, metastasize and spread faster to wider areas or other parts of the animal’s body.Once that happens, complications usually occur causing the dog or cat succumb to cancer.

Common types of cancer: 

Skin: Skin tumors are very common in older dogs, but much less common in cats. Most skin tumors in cats are malignant, but in dogs they are often benign. Your veterinarian should examine all skin tumors in a dog to determine if any are malignant.

Breast/Mammary: 50% of all breast tumors occur in dogs. Spaying your female pet between 6 and 12 months of age will greatly reduce the risk of breast cancer. Surgery is the treatment of choice for this type of cancer. Spaying your pet at the time of cancer surgery has been shown to improve prognosis. Follow up treatment may be recommended.

Head & Neck: Cancer of the mouth is common in dogs. Signs to watch for are a mass on the gums, bleeding, odor, or difficulty eating. Since many swellings are malignant, early, aggressive treatment is essential. Cancer may also develop inside the nose of dogs. Bleeding from the nose, breathing difficulty, or facial swelling are symptoms that may indicate cancer and should be checked by your veterinarian.

Testicles: Testicular tumors are rare in cats and common in dogs, especially those with retained testes. Most of these cancers are preventable with castration (neutering) and curable with surgery if done early in the disease process.

Abdominal Tumors: Tumors inside the abdomen are common but it is difficult to make an early diagnosis. Weight loss or abdominal enlargements are signs of these tumors.

Many holistic veterinarians suggest that dog and cat cancer is also the result of metabolic imbalance. The imbalance can be caused not only by environmental factors, such as pollutants and poor quality food, but also from stress. If a pet is strong and healthy, the immune system can stop cancer cells from developing and spreading. However, if the immune system is weakened, and the animal body is not in state of balance, (homeostasis), it may be unable to stop cancer cells from growing, resulting in cancerous (malignant) tumor growth.

The progression of cancer can kill your pet in varying ways:

First, aggressive cancerous tumors can cause ulcerations and infections resulting in extreme pain. 

Second, cancer can cause secondary physical disorders that result in death. For example, acute leukemia in dogs can significantly weaken an animal’s immune system, causing the dog or cat to succumb to secondary illnesses.

Third, a primary cancerous tumor can metastasize, or spread to other parts of an animal’s body, causing secondary diseases and death. Many cancers metastasize to the lungs, causing labored breathing, respiratory arrest and sometimes death.

Lastly, cancer can also kill by consuming the nutritional content of a dog or cat’s body, referred to as cachexia. When all nutritional content is depleted from the animal body, the animal basically starves to death. 

Environmental factors related to cancer in pets: 

Polluted air (i.e. cigarette smoke, gas exhaust) and water. Don't smoke around your pet and give your pet fresh, filtered water.

Toxins and harmful chemicals found in some common products (i.e. lawn fertilizers and pesticides, household cleaners and fresheners, flea products, etc.).

Low-quality foods and treats that contain inferior proteins and fats, artificial colors, flavors, additives, and/or preservatives. Suggested to feed a premium raw, home cooked or holistic diet free.

Radiation (it has been confirmed that pets and people are more susceptible to cancer if they are frequently exposed to radiation of various forms.)

Over-vaccination is a possible cause of canine cancer

Anxiety and stress

We can do a lot to reduce stress related to our home environments, by spending more time with our pets. When pets are left alone, they develop depression, anxiety and boredom. Like humans, mental stress affects our pets adversely, weakening their immune systems and making them more susceptible to diseases such as cancer.

Organic Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies have a long history of traditional use in addressing all types of cancer and tumors; which may help to slow and limit progression of tumors and aberrant cells that cause tumors; may help promote healthy cell response; may help boost immunity and may limit inflammation; may help  balance the immune system and for their studided anti-cancerous and anti-tumorous plant actions. 

Get Well Soon  (learn more) is used holistically as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic therapy against cancer cells and complementary therapy in anti-cancer protocols due to its active content of Annonaceous acetogenins, for its significant anti-tumorous (slows growth), anti-cancerous activity (inhibits anaerobic cells while protecting healthy cells), broad-spectrum internal and external antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties against infection, for cysts and tumors, including fibrous, fatty, sebaceous tumors including cutaneous mast cell tumors (mastocytomas, mast cell tumors, sarcomas), lipomas, histiocytomas, adenomas hyperplasia and papillomas. Also used adjunctively and holistically for the following types of tumors: hind quarter, deep tissue, lesions, polyps, warts, basal and mast cell, bone, brain, heart, liver, kidney, bladder, mammary, skin, stomach, eye, ear, nose, mouth and leg tumors.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; strongly antioxidant and anti-mutagenic; may nutritionally help promote connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; nutritionally help standardize normal cell operation; encourage free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; for its adaptogen content which may help identify metabolic, oxidative, physiological and physical dysfunction; may help provide nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; may help promote optimal immune protection and systematic cellular health and strength; may help support bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support; may help counteract Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extract adaptogens that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing and balanced immunity; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility; for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s natural defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function and much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Bionic Body – (learn more) is used holistically for its adaptogenic (read, repair and restore functions) for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory support; strongly antioxidant and free radical scavenging (disease preventing) actions; for its nutritive Vitamin C content which may help to nourish the body and strengthen and revitalize bones, eye, teeth, skin and coat; adaptogens and natural phytochemicals work to stimulate collagen production, a primary building material of bones; may help prevent dental disease; for its plant actions to help strengthen bones, cartilage, joints, muscles, sheath surrounding nerves and muscles, connective tissues & blood vessels & helps to reduce joint inflammation, while activating a cartilage-protective biochemical, potentially helping to preserve healthy cartilage in aging joint; for its anti-allergen natural plant chemicals which may help to fight off allergies and infections; for its prebiotic and probiotic content to help support native gut flora and healthy digestion.

Conventional Remedies:

If your pet shows signs of cancer, see your veterinarian immediately. Cancer can cause a lot of pain and discomfort to our pets, and can significantly shorten their lives. However, not all cancers carry a poor prognosis. It’s important that pet owners area aware of the different types and most common forms of cancer, the clinical signs, and observant of changes in animal behavior. If you notice abnormal signs, please take your pets to a vet immediately. An early diagnosis is critical.

Be prepared to share your pet's diet; current vaccination status and past vaccination history; past major physical disorders, if applicable; medications that your pet is taking, conventional and alternatives and any previous diagnosis or suggested treatment prescribed if another vet.

Your pet will be given various tests, which may include:

Your pet will perform a thorough physical examination.

Blood tests

A complete blood count (CBC) and blood profile

X-rays, MRI, CT scan, and/or Ultrasound

When x-rays do not reveal abnormalities, sometimes more specialized diagnostic imaging, such as MRI or CT scans may be required. These tests are particularly successful for cancers related to the face, sinuses, brain, and spinal cord. Pets are usually put under full anesthesia during these scans.

Urinalysis

A urinalysis is useful to evaluate an animal’s health and may also help to identify the cause of some of the patient’s symptoms. For example, bladder stones, bladder infections, and bladder cancer share similar symptoms such as urinary incontinence or frequent urination, etc.). A urinalysis may be conducted to detect blood in the urine. If blood is present, x-rays can be taken to detect bladder stones, and an ultrasound can be administered to detect bladder tumors.

Fine Needle Aspiration

Fine needle aspiration can help determine the malignancy of a tumor. A fine needle is attached to a syringe into the mass to extract, or aspirate, a tiny amount of fluid or cells by pulling back on the plunger of the syringe. The material extracted is then examined under the microscope for a proper diagnosis. In cases where cells cannot be extracted from a tumor, such as soft tissue sarcoma, a biopsy may be necessary for diagnosis.

Biopsy

Tumors are surgically removed (referred to as an excision biopsy) and then a portion of the tissue is sent to a pathologist for examination microscopically.

 

 

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