Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Canine Cancer Supplements and Holistic Care

Getting a diagnoses of canine cancer can be devastating. You might feel helpless that there is nothing you can do to stop the cancer. Dogs with cancer can greatly benefit from holistic care which includes dietary changes, acupuncture, nutritional supplements and other alternative modalities. Holistic veterinary care for dogs with cancer is not meant to replace conventional veterinary care but rather is intended to accompany it. Clients often ask "My pet has been diagnosed with cancer--will this help?" If your dogs is still having a good quality of life, as many dogs are at the beginning stages, then giving them good nutrition and vitamins could make a signficant difference.

Another misconception is that if your pet is undergoing chemotherapy, that using alternative supplements is not an option. Many of our patients are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation along with administering nutritional supplements and have fared especially well. Some of the supplements we recommend such as OncoPet and Immune Harmony provide support and enable the dog to handle the medication better.

Some key objectives in using nutritional supplementation for cancer are:
1) Supportive care for digestion (many dogs with cancer have digestive issues)
Soothing Digestive Relief, Probiotic
2) Supportive care for the organs affected (e.g. liver support supplements if the pet has liver cancer)
3) Immune system support Immunitone
4) Detoxification to help release toxins Detoxification Kit
5) Antioxidants to neutralize free radicals (limited use with approval from your veterinarian if undergoing chemotherapy/radiation) Oxicell
You can find detailed information about dogs with cancer and how these products might help on Ask Ariel's cancer page: In addition, you might also consider scheduling a consultation with a pet nutritionist or holistic veterinarian regarding your dog's diet as dogs with cancer have very special dietary needs.