Website developed by founder of the Magic Bullet Fund provides a wealth of information.
Help Your Dog Fight Cancer
This is the first book you should read if your dog has cancer!
- A crash course for anyone who has a dog with cancer
- Causes, prevention, early detection
- Early warning signs. Early detection gives the best treatment results
- Diagnostic testing cautions
- What to ask your veterinarian
- What to tell your veterinarian
- Decision making: when to treat, when not to
- Medical treatments, prognoses and side effects
- Treatment options, diet and supplements
- Cautions about canine cancer treatment
- How to reduce the costs of treatment
Laurie Kaplan is available for a personal discussion about your dog’s cancer and treatment options. She will review all information about your dog’s cancer and provide guidance through your difficult decision-making process ahead. With Laurie’s guidance and support, your dog will have the best chance of survival.
Join a Support Group Online
- Pet Cancer Support at Facebook
- LymphomaHeartDogs at Facebook
- BoneCancerDogs at Facebook
- CanineCancer at Facebook
- Tripawds tons of info and forum if your dog needs amputation
Supplements benefit any dog and are essential for dogs with cancer.
Omega-3 fatty acids have cardiac, psychological and occular benefits. They promote joint, coat and skin health. They provide anti-inflammatory benefits that are essential for dogs with cancer and may prevent the weight loss that can lead to cancer cachexia. Omega 3s found in fish oil provide EPA and DHA. Flaxseed, canola and soy oils provide ALA, (alpha-linolenic acid), which enables the body to manufacture EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are polyunsaturated “good fats.” The O-3 product you choose should be low in dl-PCBs (less than 3 picograms per day). If you choose an O-3 fatty acid product in liquid form, prevent them from becoming rancid. Refrigerate and use the entire supply within a few weeks after opening the bottle. If your dog’s stools become oily, the oils are not being absorbed, so give a smaller amount.
Antioxidants line the shelves of every health food store. On a cellular level, antioxidants help by neutralizing free radicals. There are many different antioxidants, such as pycnogenol, cordyceps, astaxanthin, glutathione, and alpha-lipoic acid to name a few.
L-Glutamine is an essential amino acid. Among many other benefits, L-Glutamine protects the small intestine from damage caused by chemotherapy drugs. Please give all dogs in chemotherapy L-Glutamine to minimize gastrointestinal side effects of chemo. Any dog with gastrointestinal ailments will benefit from this supplement.
L-Arginine may hinder the progression of cancer. L-Arginine is already included in many dog foods, so don’t over-supplement.
Probiotics help to improve immune function and to prevent or resolve diarrhea. Probiotics contain acidophilus and bifidus lactobacillus and other “good” bacteria that exist naturally in the stomach.
Milk Thistle protects the liver and may prevent liver toxicity as a result of chemotherapy. Speak to your veterinarian before giving your dog milk thistle. It does stimulate the liver and it’s dangerous to over-stimulate the liver.
Give your dog high quality supplements that are produced with reliable quality control. Reports from www.ConsumerLab.com can help you choose the best quality supplements for your dog… and for the rest of your family!
Thousands of manufacturers and distributors claim their products fight cancer. There are just as many web sites selling these products. Most have only anecdotal evidence of their efficacy with testimonials from users, veterinarians and/or physicians attesting to the supplement’s cancer-fighting properties.
When you find a supplement that you want to give your dog, type it into a search engine and compare sources. The prices vary widely and the quality may vary as well. Some products are organic or natural-made and others are not. Some manufacturers have superior quality control of their products.
Which products actually help in the fight against cancer? Clearly, there is no supplement that cures cancer! If there was, none of our pets or family would have cancer. Successful cases do occur, and may be due to choosing the perfect “treatment + diet + supplements” regimen. Some may be spontaneous cures or remissions that occur sporadically and inexplicably, just as cancer itself may inexplicably develop in some dogs and not others.
Each cancer case is different and each dog with cancer is unique. A supplement that is helpful in one case may be ineffective in others, for reasons that are not yet understood. With the information currently available, we must each pick and choose what we believe will help our dog.
Click to read article from the FDA. “125 Fake Cancer ‘Cures’ that Consumers Should Avoid.”