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Hodgkin’s disease

Hodgkin’s disease

Herbal remedies to help reduce symptoms and help support Hodgkin’s disease in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal’s body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk.

The lymphatic system's main functions are to defend the body against infection and disease, absorb lipids from the intestines and maintain fluid balance. The lymphatic system also returns plasma proteins to the bloodstream and helps to transport hormones and enzymes to the bloodstream. The lymphatic system works in coordination with the immune system to prevent disease and infection.

Hodgkin's disease is a type of lymphoma which is a cancerous disease that affects a dog’s and cat’s white blood cells. Although the specific cause of Hodgkin's disease appears to be genetics, environmental factors are also suspected to be a cause. Lymphoma is the most common malignancy diagnosed in cats and is fairly common in dogs, although the disease can be found at the neck, in front of the shoulders, in the armpits, at the back of the knees or in the groin. Hodgkin’s disease is a malignant cancer that affects one or several organs of the lymphatic system.

It is also known as lymph sarcoma and can occur in two forms: solid and circulating. Solid tumors are generally associated with the intestines, lymph nodes, liver, kidneys, thymus or spleen among others. The circulating form of the cancer is usually found in the blood stream or bone marrow. Although there are breeds that appear to be at increased risk for this disease, lymphoma can affect any dog of any breed at any age. It accounts for 10-20% of all cancers in dogs.

The disease is generally located in an animal’s lymphatic glands located in the front part of an animal’s throat. When a pet has Hodgkin's disease, a pet owner will notice that the lymph glands are larger than normal. If a pet is checked, it is likely to discover an imbalance of white and red blood cells, with more white than red blood cells

Lymphoma (lymph sarcoma or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) is a malignant cancer that involves the lymphoid system. In a healthy dog or cat, the lymphoid system is an important part of the body's immune system defense against infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria.

Lymphoid tissue normally is found in many different parts of the body including lymph nodes, liver, spleen, gastrointestinal tract and skin.

Lymph sarcoma is classified according to the location in the body in which the cancer begins. These include:

Multicentric form occurs in the lymph nodes

Gastrointestinal form occurs in the stomach, intestines, liver and lymph nodes in the abdomen

Mediastinal form occurs in the mediastinum, in front of the heart in an organ called the thymus Hence this form of lymphosarcoma sometimes is called thymic lymphoma.

Cutaneous form occurs in the skin

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia occurs when the disease starts in the bone marrow

Miscellaneous forms of lymphosarcoma are less common and include those that begin in the nervous system, nasal cavity or kidneys

There is growing evidence and speculation that environmental factors such as exposure to pesticides, especially herbicides 2, 3-D. Studies have linked chemical lawn service to malignant cancer in dogs and cats. In a confirmed scientific study, researchers identified 263 dogs with biopsy-confirmed canine malignant lymphoma (CML), 240 dogs with benign tumors, and 230 dogs undergoing surgeries unrelated to cancer.

Results confirmed that 70 percent of dogs with malignant lymphoma were likely to live in a home where professionally applied lawn pesticides had been used. Dogs with the serious malignancy were also 170 percent more likely to come from homes where owners used chemical insecticides to combat pests inside of the home.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have a long history of use for the treatment of all types of tumors, cancer and irregularities in the lymphatic system; to help support Hodgkin’s disease, to help to slow and limit progression of tumors and aberrant cells that cause tumors, to promote healthy cell response, to boost immunity and to limit inflammation, to balance the immune system and for its anti-cancerous and anti-tumorous plant actions. 

Get Well Soon – (learn more)is as an immune booster, an adjunctive cytotoxic (kills cancer cells) therapy against cancer cells and complementary therapy in 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 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 Feel Good – (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s 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.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles, supports healthy immune and inflammatory response, for rheumatism, for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain, 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.

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I Cell-Ebrate Life - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

I Want Liquid Immunity - (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), to promote immunity, cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste, to help treat bacterial infections and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

Conventional Remedies:

Chemotherapy and surgery are the treatments of choice in most cases.

The vet will ask for your pet’s medical history, your pet’s diet, current vaccination status and past vaccination history, past major physical disorders, if applicable; medications that your pet is taking, including conventional and alternatives as well as any past diagnoses by another vet.

Your vet will conduct various tests, including

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.

Hodgkin's disease is a very serious health condition that should be diagnosed and treated by a vet. The vet will probably recommend chemotherapy as the treatment for Hodgkin's disease.

Your vet may recommend immune modulators, which are specialized compounds. Even though Hodgkin's disease is a cancer, dogs and cats that are diagnosed with it early respond well to treatment

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 is a quick and easy way to 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.

Occasionally, a tiny piece of the tumor is removed (an incision biopsy) for diagnosis.

In either case, sedation or anesthesia is necessary.

 

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