Cancer is a tough thing to face and if your dog has just been diagnosed with cancer or a tumor it is devastating. There are many options to think about when faced with this diagnosis including options your vet has surely discussed. Cancer in dogs is unfortunately common especially for dogs 10 years and older. Depending on the type of cancer or where the tumor is located the treatment options can range from surgery to chemo.
The unfortunate reality of pet cancer is unlike humans the percentage of pet owners who carry insurance on their pets is small. When you are first discussing options, it is not surprising to be in complete shock at the cost. We know you will do anything for your pet but when traditional methods fail or it’s economically not feasible to go the traditional route you may seek some alternative treatments.
If you are at the beginning of your research this might be the first time you have heard of CBD. CBD or Cannabidiol is the non-pshyco genic compound found in both the marijuana and the hemp plant. This compound has been found to have a ton of proven benefits in humans and dogs including reducing seizures, epilepsy, and yes, shrinking tumors and aiding in the symptoms of various cancers. CBD is also available in dog treats, drops, or capsules making it easy and painless to administer.
Diet & Detox
One of the first things you will want to do after a cancer diagnosis is to clean up your dog’s diet. Veterinarians and holistic practitioners agree, getting away from the over the counter dog food and instead of feeding your pet a diet of homemade clean ingredients is advised. Some foods that are suggested to increase their immune system is the BARF Diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods) This is a high protein diet similar to what the species would eat naturally in the wild. Focus on raw bones, meat, vegetables, fruit with seeds removed, and whole eggs. You can also add cottage cheese or yogurt if they are finicky about the raw vegetables.
Acupuncture & Herbs
There is a ton of information online about herbs that you can utilize to treat your dog’s cancer depending on the diagnosis. Do your research and ask your veterinarian before moving forward with a treatment process of your own as many of those herbs unlike, CBD is under-researched. Acupuncture has also been used in dogs with cancer to help aid in treatments. For instance, one of the most common symptoms of chemotherapy for dogs is nausea and inflammation. Unfortunately, acupuncture can help with your dog’s quality of life but is less likely to cure your pet without the addition of conventional measures.
A cancer diagnosis for your pet can be overwhelming and there is a lot of information out there on methods to help cure your pet, however, we always suggest discussing any plans you have to treat your pet naturally with a professional familiar with your pets specific diagnosis. For more information on pet cancers and tumors, we have a full guide available that discusses the most common types of cancer in both cats and dogs and links to more information on each specific type.