There are many natural ways that we can prevent cancer. First and foremost, a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet is the most effective way to prevent dog cancer. Still, once a diagnosis has been made you need to find solutions to the problem of cancer. Most holistic treatments for dog cancer focus on natural herbs and supplements as well as dietary changes to make an unfavorable environment for the cancer cells. Moreover, holistic treatments can ameliorate the symptoms of standard treatments for dog cancer.
For example, radiotherapy is a common way that veterinarians try to kill cancer cells but this treatment also affects healthy skin cells. Omega 3 fatty acids may prevent damage to skin cells during radiation treatments. Salmon oil is not only an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids but it is high in antioxidants as well and has some efficacy for reducing the symptoms of dog cancer, especially gastrointestinal cancers.
Also, dietary changes are highly recommended for dogs with cancer. Many veterinarians will recommend limiting carbohydrates in your dog’s diet as a means of starving the cancer cells holistically. Lactate is produced when simple carbohydrates are broken down and cancer cells feed on this lactate. There are also a number of holistic pet health supplements that have had some beneficial effects in dogs with cancer.
- Echinacea improves immune functioning and supports your dog’s lymphatic system.
- Ashwagandha can prevent the spread and growth of tumors.
- Milk Thistle can be used to reduce the symptoms associated with chemotherapy as it restores liver health and helps to detoxify the liver so your dog’s body can more easily expel toxins.
- Selenium is a natural antioxidant that can protect healthy cells.
While holistic treatments are not the norm for dog cancer, they can support the program recommended by your veterinarian.