This article has one purpose: to give you hope by adding more tools to your cancer fighting toolbox. I can go on and on about what cancer is, but that is not the purpose of this article. There is a lot of information out there helping you understand this terrible disease. I am here to provide you with the information you need to take on this fight for your beloved canine companion.
The following methods of fighting cancer are either dietary supplements, lifestyle changes, or holistic medicine. I highly recommend you get your veterinarian on board with your treatment decisions so that you both can work together as a team to fight this disease.
I will do my best to provide links to scientific research to support these methods of treatment!
Diet plays a huge role in your dog's health, their strength, their immune system, and supporting their body while they fight this disease. Cancer is truly a metabolic disease, feeding off glucose. Starving cancer is highly beneficial, but at the same time we need to nourish our dog's body. Fresh, raw food or a ketogenic raw diet is the best thing we can do for our dogs!
KetoPet is a sanctuary devoted to fighting canine cancer through diet and exercise. They have a FREE eBOOK teaching you exactly how to feed a ketogenic diet for cancer treatment. This is one of the most powerful tools you can use in fighting this disease. You don't need to buy food from anyone, you can make these meals right at home. If you browse the KetoPet website, you will see how reputable, legitimate and scientifically proven they are.
Another study used a ketogenic diet, and tumor removal to completely cure an oral tumor.
Click here to view more peer reviewed, published research on ketogenic diets as cancer treatment.
Another one of the incredible things you can do for your dog is give them plenty of exercise. Exercise will burn excess resources to make sure the cancer isn't getting any extra fuel. Exercise also keeps your dog's body strong, elevates their mood, and does everything needed to improve their quality of life.
Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm published a study in 2014 that showed how exercise can be an effective component of treatment for cancer.
Turmeric has been heavily researched and proven to be highly beneficial to humans and pets. Research indicates that curcumin (a derivative of turmeric) can suppress tumor initiation, promotion and metastasis. Curcumin has proven itself effective against multiple types of cancer.
Various preclinical and clinical trials have shown that curcumin is very effective to treat cancer. Because it is non-toxic and does not cause any side effects, it can be paired with any form of treatment you choose. There are no downsides in using turmeric to fight cancer, there are only benefits!
Here is a recipe for making golden paste. Make sure to use therapeutic doses when treating for cancer.
There is something in green leafy vegetables called sulforaphane, that is proven to help fight cancer. The ideal vegetables to include in your dog's diet include broccoli, red or regular cabbage, broccoli sprouts, kale and Brussels sprouts. Serve them raw, but first run them through a food processor to break the vegetables down into tiny digestible pieces.
Here is some of the research on sulforphane and dogs with cancer:
The effects of sulforaphane on canine osteosarcoma proliferation and invasion.
Evaluation of the effect of dietary vegetable consumption on reducing risk of transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder in Scottish Terriers.
Independent effects of the broccoli-derived compound sulforaphane on Ca²⁺ influx and apoptosis in Madin-Darby canine renal tubular cells.
Turkey tail is a medicinal mushroom that has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Many researchers are excited about the newer research in this amazing fungus and its potential for cancer treatment.
One study showed that turkey tail mushroom supplementation delayed metastases and improved survival of dogs with hemangiosarcoma. There are also studies that show turkey tail and other medicinal mushrooms can improve function of the immune system.
Remember that higher doses of turkey tail mushrooms are ideal for fighting cancer. One study used 100mg pet kg of weight every day, and found that the higher 100mg dose had the highest survival rate and patients lived the longest.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabis extracts have been found to inhibit cancer cell growth, and cause cancer cell death. Another study showed that CBD can also cause death in leukemia cells!
More research is needed, but the studies that have been done have proven that CBD can pack a serious punch in cancer treatment! Cannabidiol can also increase the efficacy of other cancer treatments!
Fucoidan is abundant in brown seaweed such as kelp, and is also packed full of vitamins and minerals. Kelp is inexpensive, easy to find, and comes with a cancer fighting polysaccharide that has been the focus of some medical studies!
Studies have shown that Fucoidan has anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. One study shows that it can inhibit cancer cell growth and cause cancer cell death, while another shows fucoidan can cause cancer call death in leukemia.
Omega fatty acids (such as fish oil, krill oil, phtyoplankton, flax seed oil, etc) has been widely used as an adjunctive therapy for cancer patients. A study done on Golden Retrievers showed that omega fatty acid supplementation could help protect dogs from cancers like lymphoma.
Fish oil has been shown to increase efficacy of other cancer treatments, without any toxicity or side effects.
Your dog's immune system is already under threat, the last thing you want to do is stress it out more. You must focus on boosting and supporting the immune system, and that means stopping the application of chemical pesticides (flea and tick treatment) and no longer allowing your dog to receive vaccinations. Vaccines trigger a serious immune system response, and can re-direct the body from fighting cancer to fighting the virus in the vaccine.
Titer tests and natural flea and tick prevention should be used on dogs with cancer.
This article has been a labor of love for me, a gift from me to you. It is my life's purpose to find information, gain the knowledge and do the supportive research to provide my fellow dog lovers with the tools they need to keep our dogs healthy and living longer!
I wish you all the best, with love and strength.
- Caitlin Leandres
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