Of course, there are no home remedies that will completely cure dog cancer. If that was the case, there would be hundreds of reports on miracle cancer cures for dogs. However, there are many things owners of dogs with cancer may do at home to help their dogs. Regardless of the type of cancer your dog is suffering from, all dogs affected by cancer share one common fact: they need to avoid further exposure to chemicals and require a specialized diet that will aid them to gather the strength to fight the disease.
Owners of dogs with cancer must be particularly concerned about what their dog’s food contains and must invest in strengthening their dog’s immunity as much as they can.
A diet for dogs with cancer will also focus on ”starving” the cancer cells which feed on sugars and carbohydrates. There are also several “super foods” which are referred to as “functional dog foods” that can benefit dogs with cancer.
At the same time, it’s important to limit, or best avoid, exposure to free-radicals and chemicals that can put a dent in the dog’s immune system. Dogs with cancer need their immune system to focus on fighting the disease rather than trying to fight unnecessary elements found in your dog’s environment.
Grain Free Diet
While any dog should be fed grain free diets, this in particular applies to dogs with cancer. Rice, wheat, corn are common grains used in commercial pet food. They are usually listed as the first ingredients and are used as ”fillers” so dog food companies need not to spend too much money on meat. Not only dogs cannot digest grains properly but they were not meant to feed on grains in the first place. Gluten in particular is an ingredient that has been associated with promoting cancer causing inflammation.
Once ingested, fluoride tends to accumulate in the dog’s bones where it stimulates cell division and the quick proliferation of osteoblasts, the cells that are responsible for forming new bone, explains veterinarian Dr. Jean Dodds. This can be a risk factor for dog osteosarcoma. If your dog has cancer, it is therefore important to avoid to use fluoride- free bottled water and dog food containing bone meal which has a high content of fluoride, suggests veterinarian Dr. Damian Dressler.
“To protect pets from excessive fluoride exposures, dog owners can purchase pet foods that do not contain bone meal and other animal byproducts.”~Environmental Working Group
Caution with Flea/ Tick Products
Many products that are used to eradicate flea and ticks contain toxic chemicals that can cause cancer. The statistics say it all. According to a study by Purdue University and published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, dogs who were treated with as little as two topical products in a year had a 60 percent increase of bladder cancer. Dogs who had more frequent applications were 3.5 times more likely to develop cancer. Risks were further higher in overweight and obese dogs!
To reduce reliance on these products, dog owners can bathe their dogs more often, use a flea comb, wash the dog’s bedding and vacuum floors often, keep grass short to prevent ticks, and use natural flea and tick repellents.
Watch the Shots
When a dog has cancer he needs his immune system to stay strong. Vaccines can put a further burden on the dog’s already compromised immune system. If you want to make sure your dog is protected from certain disease, you can ask your vet to perform a titer test. And what about the rabies vaccine, which is mandated by law in most States? If your dog has cancer, you vet may provide you with a waiver. You will need to understand though the associated implications should your dog bite somebody.
Add Helpful Supplements
Cancer affected dogs may require supplementation with some super foods and supplements that can help them fight better. Here are a few beneficial ingredients: golden paste, blueberries, steamed or pureed broccoli sprouts (avoid if your dog is hypothyroid), carrots, pumpkin, yams, kale, medical mushrooms, omega 3 fatty acids from mercury-free fish (avoid in bleeding tumors), probiotics, cottage cheese, milk thistle and spirulina. Of course, such foods supplements need to be organic to avoid adding more chemicals. Consult with a holistic vet for specific dosages and recommendations.
There are several immune booster products developed for dogs that helps strengthen their immune system. Even though these may not cure a dog from cancer, there are testimonies from owners reporting their dogs have benefited from their use.
As seen, owners may help their dogs fight cancer in many ways. The remedies above are provided for educational purposes only and should be further discussed with a veterinarian for the best approach and most successful treatment.
For further reading: How Dogs Respond to Cancer Treatment
*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your pet is sick please refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination. If your pet is exhibiting behavior problems please refer to a professional pet behaviorist.