How to Fight Cancer in Dogs with These Herbs
Cancer is the leading, non-accident cause of death for dogs. Like with humans, there are a number of different types of cancer which can strike virtually anywhere in the body. And as with humans, dogs are often treated with chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of the two.
There are other things that can be used to help treat or even to prevent cancer in dogs including herbal treatments that are easier on the system than most of the powerful chemotherapy medicines that are used and can be used for other conditions as well. Many of these herbs will also help combat some of the symptoms of cancer as well as the tumor itself and will provide a number of additional health benefits.
Thinking that something is wrong with your furry best friend can be terrifying. It is even worse when what you think might be wrong is cancer. Here are the most common symptoms of cancer in dogs:
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- An offensive odor. There are several types of odor that might be noticed including one that is described as “potato like”. The odor is likely caused by bacteria which may thrive on the dead or dying tissues destroyed by cancer.
- Areas that are slow to heal or just never heal completely.
- Abnormal growths. These are most commonly seen in breast or bone cancer but can be internal as well. Eventually, they will get large enough to push out against the skin or to cause internal organs to do so.
- Bleeding or discharge from any part of the body.
- A difficulty in breathing that is unrelated to exertion.
- Difficulty peeing or pooping. If you see your dog struggling to do either it is highly advised that you get him to a vet for a full evaluation as soon as possible.
Prevention is Vital
Some dog breeds are more prone to certain types of cancers than others. Even if your dog is not on the high-risk list it is important to keep his health at its maximum by providing him a highly nutritious diet, plenty of fresh water, exercise and a place where he can get good, restful sleep every night. His diet should be high in high-quality protein, good fats and complex carbohydrates. For dog owners who have gone grain-free for their dogs, complex carbs can come from other sources including bananas (some dogs love them) and sweet potatoes.
The benefits of good foods cannot be overstated and include antioxidants which help prevent potential cell damage that can trigger cancerous growths, increase immune system response and promotes overall well-being. The healthier your dog is the higher his chances of fighting off the cancer in most cases. Unfortunately, there are some dogs who will have no warning signs until the cancer has grown completely out of control and there will be little to do but provide comfort measures until he crosses the Rainbow Bridge.
Herbal Remedies For Dogs
Herbs have long been used to treat a wide range of conditions for humans and dogs alike. Here are several that have been used with success in the treatment of cancer for dogs.
#1 – Cannabis Oil (CBD)
While CBD Oil is recommended for other conditions, a different form is suggested for cancer treatment for a number of reasons. CBD Oil for dogs with cancer has little to no THC in it. For cancer, some forms of THC are necessary. While some people think this means their dog will feel “high” this is not the case. This is not the psychoactive THC that is used in medical cannabis oil. THC has been shown to make cancer cells cannibalize themselves and will allow the tumor to shrink as a result. It also helps to keep the cancer from spreading from one place to another and will help to stimulate the appetite especially in dogs who are going through chemotherapy as well.
Make sure to check out our CBD treatment for dogs resource.
#2 – Hemp Seed Oil
A relative of Cannabis Oil and CBD Oil, hemp seeds can be fed with regular dog food or used as an oil in the same way. Like CBD Oil, hemp seed oil has very little of any of the THC compounds but is a balanced source of both Omega 3 and 6. It can be used to treat chronic inflammation in the body and helps to improve the immune system. It helps to slow the growth of certain cancers including cancers of the brain, breast and lungs. It also slows the potential for spread of cancer.
#3 – Turmeric
One of the oldest types of “medicine” in all of the world, turmeric can be used for a number of things beyond just cancer treatment. It kills the cancer cells of a particularly nasty cancer called osteosarcoma which is a tumor that grows inside of the bones. It may also prevent some types of brain tumors. Additional benefits include reducing pain and treating epilepsy.
#4 – Ginseng
At one point, ginseng was considered to be almost magical and was more valued than money. It is high in alkaloids that not only help improve the immune system but also slow tumor growth. It may also help to increase energy levels which may help to stimulate the appetite in some dogs.
#5 – Goji Berry
Long used in traditional Asian medicine, the Goji berry has been used for a number of health concerns in both humans and dogs. It is an anti-inflammatory and may prevent some of the damage caused by free radicals in the body. It may also slow the growth of certain types of cancer. It is better to feed this to your dog in powdered form which makes it easier to digest and get the benefits.
Not all herbs will work for all dogs. Some dogs are prone to allergies to certain things so always watch for reactions especially when introducing something new to your dog or when changing his diet. Everyone wants the best for their dogs especially when they are sick. Do your research and then use caution for the best outcomes.