Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Holistic Treatments For Mast Cell Tumors Can Help Prevent Recurrences

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What are mast cell tumors?
Mast cell tumors are among the most common tumors in dogs and are the most common form of canine skin cancer.  Skin cancer growths can be small and look like "nothing" but don't take chances with your pet's welfare as it can be cancerous.    If you notice any type of growth on your pet's skin, always bring it to the attention of your veterinarian.   Although some canine mast cell tumors are benign, most are malignant. Mast cell tumors are one of the most common tumors in dogs. They can be found on the limbs, inbetween toes and in the spleen, liver, and bone marrow. Both normal and cancerous mast cells contain chemicals that can be released into surrounding tissues. When these chemicals (particularly histamine) are released into the normal surrounding body tissues, side effects can include digestive problems (for ex: bleeding ulcers), skin rashes, shortness of breath and other symptoms. Mast cell tumors vary greatly in their size, shape, appearance and texture. The only way to definitely identify them is with a biopsy and pathology report which evaluates them based on location, grade and size. 

Conventional Veterinary Treatment of Mast Cell Tumors
Treatment for mast cell tumors almost always first involves surgically removing the entire tumor, if that is possible. It is particularly important to remove a wide margin or large area of healthy tissue (2-3 cm in each direction) around the perimeter of the tumor. Recurrence of mast cell tumors in the same area is common, however, dogs that are tumor-free after 6 months are considered unlikely to have a recurrence.   Canine mast cell tumors occur more frequently in certain breeds such as Boxers, Boston Terriers, English Bulldogs and Weimaraners.

Holistic Supplements And Diet Changes Can Help Prevent Recurrences
In addition to conventional care provided by your veterinarian, natural holistic care and supplements can help improve your dog's long-term health and reduce recurrences.  Ask Ariel has extensive experience helping dogs with mast cell tumors using hypoallergenic, low-carbohydrate diets and natural supplements. The supplements most important for treating mast cell tumors  include: AllerEaze + Power Probiotic, Immune Harmony , Amazing Omegas for Pets and Resveratrol For Dogs.   AllerEaze reduces the histamine response and acts like nature's "antihistamine".  Amazing Omegas reduces inflammation and is also helpful for controlling allergic response.  Immune Harmony and Resveratrol for Dogs provide important antioxidants to help prevent free radical damage.  

Your Pet's Diet and Mast Cell Tumors (MCTs) 
It's important to feed your dog an anti-inflammatory dietStarchy carbohydrates, especially grains can provide "fuel" for cancer so it is important to keep them at an absolute minimum.  Similarly, certain proteins such as beef and poultry are known allergens and pets with MCTs may be especially sensitive to them.  While food allergy testing isn't especially reliable due to the possibility of false negative responses (e.g. if a dog has avoided a food he may not show an allergic response), they still provide some valuable information.  Knowing which foods elicit a positive response can at least guide you to avoid these foods.  Feeding a raw frozen hypoallergenic diet can be very helpful for most pets with allergies as they are rich in nutrients and low in carbohydrates.   Ask Ariel has helped clients achieve exceptional results with mast cell tumors using the appropriate diet and a few supplements so be sure to include what you are feeding your dog on the order form at checkout. Ask Ariel will review your pet's information and include a free diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order. 

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