5 natural options for dealing with cancer in dogs

Your dog has cancer and you want to give him the best possible chance? You just can’t afford to treat him with conventional medicine? If you want to know the best alternative options for dog cancer, this article is for you. 

Receiving the bad news of a cancer diagnosis is always difficult no matter how old your pet is. I understand that this is a sensitive subject and my heart goes out to you.

In this article, you will have access to a list of holistic tools to make excellent choices when dealing with your dog’s cancer. I will discuss nutrition, herbs, Chinese medicine, medicinal mushrooms, and homeopathic products. 

Promoting excellent nutrition for the complete maintenance of your pet

Several foods can be added to your dog’s diet to fortify his immune system, such as tomatoes and sweet potatoes, which are rich in antioxidants.

The priority is to support the immune system to help the body help itself. Therefore, it is important to provide your pet with a well-balanced food rich in different nutrients. 

For more details on what to feed a dog with cancer, you can read our previous article written specifically on this topic.

Helping the dog with plant-based products

The dog’s health will be optimized with certain herbal remedies, either through phytotherapy. I am thinking of curcumin and Boswellia serrata.

Do you know curcumin?

Curcumin is the main active ingredient found in turmeric, which has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine as a powerful anti-inflammatory. 

This molecule is believed to help induce the death of cancer cells in the early stages of their development. It would have the capacity to identify cancer cells and slow down their multiplication.

As you may know, however, curcumin is not easily absorbed by the body when turmeric is consumed. Some suggest combining turmeric with pepper to facilitate its absorption while others mention that there could be harmful effects to this combination. 

My advice would be to consult your holistic veterinarian to direct you to a curcumin supplement with the appropriate dosage for your dog.

Boswellia serrata

Boswellia serrata is a species of tree found in India among other places.  In addition to being known for the powerful anti-inflammatory power of its resin, it is also attributed to anti-cancer properties. 

Its resin also has a neuroprotective effect and is being studied for its effectiveness in the fight against brain cancer.

Boswellia serrata is also often used in combination with curcumin, in particular proportions.

Chinese medicine to fight cancer in dogs

Do you know about Yin and Yang? Then you have a basis in Chinese medicine. It can be a great help in relieving the symptoms of cancer in dogs.

Chinese medicine has over 3000 years of experience in using herbs and medicinal substances to maintain or restore health naturally.

This unique medicine is also based on vital energy (Qi, pronounced the), which flows through the body along meridians. Acupuncture is derived from this technique.

During an acupuncture session, fine needles are placed on specific points along these meridians to unblock the flow of Qi and thus restore balance and overall health to the body. For more details, you can consult our article on the different alternative medicines for animals. 

Few studies indicate that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of cancer itself. However, there have been advances in the use of acupuncture to relieve nausea and vomiting following chemotherapy in humans, among others.  

It is important to consult a veterinarian specialized in acupuncture to find out if this type of holistic complementary therapy is appropriate for your pet since in some cases, this energy unblocking could be contraindicated (when there is a high risk of infection or metastasis for example).

Medicinal mushrooms that can help in the fight against cancer in dogs

The world of mushrooms is vast and fortunately for us, they are great allies in the fight against cancer in your dog! Here are a few of them.

Agaricus blazei

Also known as the sun mushroom, Agaricus blazei is of Brazilian origin but is especially popular in Japan.

The US National Library of Medicine reports that the anti-tumor properties of Agaricus blazei have been demonstrated in mice in cases of prostate, ovarian, and lung cancers, fibrosarcoma, and myeloma. In humans, they report its benefits for the quality of life of patients with gynecological cancers and in cases of leukemia.

The use of this medicinal mushroom is common in cases of breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer and in some cases benign skin tumors.

You can find Agaricus blazei formulated for your pets by following this link.

Chaga

The Chaga mushroom grows on birch trees and is becoming increasingly popular for its many medicinal properties. It is commonly used for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, lung cancer, stomach cancer, and for pain control. Most people consume this mushroom as tea.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reports that this mushroom is effective in controlling inflammation and swelling, in addition to boosting the immune system. They discuss its use in the treatment and prevention of cancer, as well as acting as a liver protector. Its anti-tumor, anti-viral and antioxidant properties have also been demonstrated.

If you would like to try Chaga for your pet, click here for more information on our natural Chaga product.

Hericium

Also known as the lion mushroom, or memory mushroom, Hericium is a very rare mushroom that usually grows on oak, beech, and maple trees. 

The US National Library of Medicine mentions in one of its articles on Hericium, that it has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. In short, it has enormous potential! They also report that it has been used in the care of people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

It is commonly used for brain, colon, esophageal, stomach, and intestinal cancer, rectal cancer, leukemia, and some generalized cancers in animals.

Maitake

This medicinal mushroom is commonly used in cases of bone cancer, generalized cancers or to support patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reports that laboratory studies have shown that Maitake can slow tumor growth and stimulate certain immune cells. It also mentions its use in controlling diabetes and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. 

Click here to visit our page and get more information on our natural pet product made from this medicinal mushroom.

Shiitake

This mushroom is probably the one you are most familiar with, being very popular in human cuisine, and is commonly used to help fight liver and pancreatic cancers.

The US National Library of Medicine reports its enormous potential as an antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. Components of Shiitake are said to have the ability to slow the growth of tumor cells and thus help prevent certain cancers.

Shiitake can be used for animals, just make sure with your veterinarian that it is appropriate for your pet. Check out our page on our natural pet product formulated from this medicinal mushroom.

Coriolus Versicolor

Coriolus Versicolor is a wood-eating fungus that is found throughout the world. It is usually seen on unhealthy or dead hardwoods.

 Medical News Today reports that several studies have shown that this fungus can effectively stimulate the immune system. It also reports that its extract may be useful in fighting certain cancers. Scientists have found that this mushroom can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and reports that people have benefited from using this mushroom in conjunction with chemotherapy.