Over the last few months, I have had several people tell me their pets have cancer. While this news made me cry, I also wanted to see what it is I could do to try to help battle it and ease their pain.

Holistic options to prevent canine cancer

Holistic options to prevent canine cancer

I immediately started to pull information from articles I have already written and some other information I have not yet touched on from articles written by multiple veterinarians such as vets at Dogs Naturally Magazine and my favorite holistic vet.

Below I’ll share the years worth of research I gathered to help keep your pet as healthy as possible.

*Please note any information I share is not meant to treat or diagnose your pet and should be discussed with your personal veterinarian to decide what’s appropriate. If your vet is not open to alternative modalities, there are several holistic vets in Carlsbad, Escondido, and San Diego.

Here we go!

Reduce toxic exposure to lower your pet’s cancer risk

This is 1 of the top 2 top suggestions I have read from other vets. Why? Your pet is exposed to toxins every day in various ways. Some possibilities include your pet bowls, chemicals from tap water, vaccines, your oven, cleaning supplies, flea & tick preventatives, bath – grooming products, lawn fertilizer, stain protectant on your carpet and/or on your furniture and chemicals in your mattress etc…

Chemicals can have an effect on their organs. Since skin is considered an organ, anything they touch gets absorbed into their bloodstream. Additionally, when your pet grooms themselves, they could be ingesting these chemicals.

There are safe & effective alternatives to almost everything. Below are a few products for you to explore.

Healthy pet products may assist in preventing dog cancer

1) Water filter: Pets are extremely sensitive to chemicals in the water like fluoride! This filter is the one water filter I hear the most positive things about. It comes in different sizes and therefore produces more water depending on your needs.

It does not require electricity so it can easily be placed anywhere in your kitchen, provide clean water during a power outage, be taken with you on a road trip, and the containers store inside each other if you should ever need to pack it away.

Shower Filter: I bathe my dog at home and this filter not only cuts down on the chemicals, it comes with a hose or wand to help me get under his belly.

2) Lead-free pet bowls: This blog explains the health benefits of these USA made stainless steel bowls vs. other types of bowls.

Why should you change to lead-free dog bowls?

  • Many bowls are made in China.
  • In 2008 EWG’s research revealed chemical exposure is 5-20’s higher in pets than humans.
  • In 2009 Healthystuff(dot)org revealed small traces of lead were found in many pet items. Out of 400 items tested, 7% had levels over 300 ppm.
  • Recalls: In 2012 stainless steel bowls from Petco were recalled for because of radioactive material contamination.

3) Teflon free toaster oven: Many ovens that have a non-stick coating may contain Teflon, PFOA, and PTFE. These chemicals have been known to kill pets such as birds and make people sick with flu-like symptoms.

4) Natural flea treatment: This natural flea & tick product is made with essential oils which have been rated safe by greenpaws(dot)org.

Keeping your pet flea free is a multiple step approach! For more information please read my blog posts which address how to fight fleas naturally and the dangers of conventional flea medicine.

5) Non-toxic cleaning: 1 product with endless possibilities! This product not only cleans your floors but it comes with attachments allowing you to clean other areas of the house such as countertops, windows, shower, and grout.

Alternative treatment options for dog cancer

1) 2nd opinion: One of the holistic vets I follow sent his client to an oncologist, they said yes it’s cancer. The client got a 2nd opinion and was told the bump was non-cancerous.

2) Chiropractic: In this docu-series, they said your spine plays a role in your health. One cancer survivor had 6 inches of his spine that were affecting his adrenals. He used chiropractic care as part of his treatment and is now cancer free.

For some, this may sound a little out there but I can say I know a dog’s spine effects them in various ways. If I hadn’t seen it with my own dog, I’m not sure I would have believed myself. He had the start of an ear infection, I had him adjusted once and it went away. Years later he had a tiny poop accident when getting up. After 1-2 chiropractic sessions, he was no longer having “accidents.”

3) Cannabis: In one of the episodes of the above docuseries some people beat their cancer when including cannabis oil as part of their regime. On YouTube, I found one family who bought cannabis oil for their dog and she is free of bone cancer. Here is the youtube video. In the video and comments, you’ll find answers to questions many people have such as the type of cannabis oil they used and what was the dosage amount.

In regards to pets specific products, there is a company that has Cannabis for dogs, cats, and horses. It comes in treats, capsules and in liquid form. If your pet is not eating regularly or dislikes taking pills, the liquid form may be a good option for you to use with your pet!

A few quick facts about this cannabis pet product:

    • Made from organic hemp
    • 30-day money back guarantee
    • Covered by some pet insurance
    • Can also help with anxiety, mobility, pain, and digestion

One story I found encouraging was Chumley’s testimonial. Chumley had surgery twice and the vet told his pet parent it would likely come back. As another tumor started, Chumley’s pet parent put him back on this product and within weeks his tumor went away. Three years later he is still doing well.

In part two, I will cover various food, spices, and herbs known to prevent cancer.

*Don’t see a product you are looking for? See if it is listed on my resource /pet products page. If not, let me know in the comment below.

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2 Responses to “Holistic approach to canine cancer”

  1. Amy says:

    The 3 herbal remedies you listed for shrinking tumors are those to be used all together? Also if I get those can I also give my dog the cannapet product? I know you are not a vet I will still be consulting my vet but curious if you used these things for your dog altogether or separately and also saw shrinking tumors. our 16 year old beagle has a giant tumor- not cancerous- on his neck and the vet will not operate due to it being attached to the muscle.

    I have found some hope in this website
    Thank you

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      I did all the herbals, supplements, foods to eat and foods not eat to shrink his benign tumor (lipoma). I did not use the hemp product to accomplish shrinking his lipoma. I’m so glad you found this helpful and thank you for sharing that.

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