Monday, April 30, 2018

Transitional Cell Carcinoma in Dogs and Cats

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What is Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) – Transitional Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of bladder cancer in pets. Tumors usually form at the bladder opening and can cause blockage causing painful urination. Pets often strain while trying to urinate. Transitional Cell Carcinoma can be difficult to diagnose because many of the symptoms can be mistaken for a urinary tract infection and the pet may respond to the use of antibiotics resulting in symptoms improvement. This can delay the discovery of the cancer and thus, at the time of diagnosis, the bladder cancer can be fairly far advanced and have spread to other parts of the body.

Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) most commonly affects older female dogs and certain breeds are more predisposed to the disease. The genetically predisposed breeds include: Scottish Terriers, West-highland White Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Beagles and Wire Hair Fox Terriers. While TCC is more rare in cats, it can occur in both male and females over the age of nine. No specific breed of cat shows a higher predisposition to the disease.

Symptoms
  •          Straining to urinate
  •          Frequent urination of small amounts (dribbling)
  •          Blood in urine
  •          Pain in urinating
  •          Wetting on the floor, furniture, bed, etc
  •          Frequent Urinary Tract Infections (may initially respond to antibiotics)
Natural Treatments for Transitional Cell Carcinoma

These home remedies have been used successfully by our Pet Nutritionist  in veterinary hospitals to help pets with TCC.  Our holistic supplements for transitional cell carcinoma in dogs and cats are recommended by veterinarians nationwide.  These vitamins can be used in conjunction with the conventional veterinary treatments prescribed by your veterinarian.


CW Paws CBD Oil - while not a "cure" for cancer, considerable research is ongoing regarding the benefits of CBD Hemp oil in the treatment of cancer.  CBD oil can reduce inflammation and pain.  It can also increase appetite which is important as pets undergoing cancer treatments can experience digestive issues. Studies have shown the effectiveness of cannabanoids in reducing pain and inflammation and the strength of this formula is a great fit for medium to large size dogs.

Akutur -provides pain relief in the urinary tract, reduces inflammation and helps restore balance in the bladder and pelvic floor--especially important for interstitial cystitis and pets with transitional cell carcinoma

Power Probiotic fights infection and yeast--promotes the growth of “friendly” bacteria in the urinary tract and is essential if your pet has taken antibiotics.  Safe and natural Power Probiotic contains none of the fillers found in most brands of pet probiotics.

Pet UTI Prevention - contains tried and true ingredients such as d-mannose, cranberry and uva ursi scientifically proven to reduce the likelihood of a urinary tract infection by acidifying the urine.  Pets with TCC are prone to UTIs so using the Pet UTI Prevention Formula along with the Power Probiotic is essential. 

Immune Harmony - unique patented plant sterol formula.  Recent studies provide evidence that increased consumption of polyphenols can have a powerful inhibitory effect and reduce the risk of prostate, breast, lung and digestive cancers.   Immune Harmony contains antioxidants that protect from free radical damage and in conjunction with the plant sterols, modulate the immune system.

Amazing Omegas -  Studies have shown omega 3s are helpful in the fight against cancer. Amazing Omegas is a researched-backed, concentrated, therapeutic fish oil providing a powerhouse of Omega 3s in just a few drops.  Packed in glass bottles to prevent chemicals from the plastic leaking into the oil.  Naturally processed so the oil is especially bioavailable making it more effective for your cat or dog.

Renelix (if kidney issues only)- flushes out the toxins from the kidneys and urinary tract. Supports kidney and urinary tract function.  While it cannot eliminate existing stones, Renelix can help to prevent crystals and stones when used along with the appropriate diet.

How to Decrease Your Pet’s Risk of TCC

Research has shown that decreasing exposure to toxins (pesticides, lawn chemicals, cigarette smoke, household cleaners, etc.) and helping your pet stay fit and at a healthy weight is helpful to prevent cancer. Feeding your pet, a low carbohydrate, cancer diet with plenty of vegetables and a hypoallergenic lean protein choice has been particularly helpful. If you include your pet’s current diet on the order form at checkout, the Ask Ariel nutritionist will include a diet suggestion on the packing list that comes with the product directions. Ask Ariel Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis offered holistic consultations at a veterinary oncology clinic in Southern California and has extensive knowledge regarding the best diet and supplements for cats and dogs with cancer.