We all know that cancer is a fatal disease, and a permanent cure is not possible, especially in the case of cancer that metastasizes or spreads to other parts of the body. In that event, cancer becomes a multiple problem of the primary organ where it had originated as well as those it has affected after metastasis. Most of the cancers that metastasize ultimately lead to secondary liver cancer in dogs. As the liver is all-important for metabolism and filtering wastes from the body, it is one of those organs whose proper functioning is essential for life.
Benign tumors do not technically fall under the category of cancer and are easily removable, unless they lead to post-surgery complications. For example, some benign tumors can compress neighboring organs or lead to excessive bleeding as in the case of spleen cancer in dogs.
There is an obvious change of opinion among veterinarians with regards to cancer treatments, and many of them are recommending holistic treatment for managing cancer in pets. The three most important aspects of a holistic approach are nutritional and supplemental support, herbal medicine and elimination of potential causes of dog cancer.
Diet is the most essential component of health and healing of your dog. Instead of commercial foods that may contain carcinogenic preservatives, it is better to look for those that are prepared without incorporating inorganic substances like pesticides, herbicides, or hormones. Home-cooked organic food, however, is the best option. You may also consider supplemental support to the pet’s diet by adding therapeutic doses of antioxidants (vitamin A and C), zinc and selenium. A daily dose of Omega 3 fatty acids by simply pouring fish oil or flaxseed oil over the dog’s food will go a long way in improving the overall health of your dog. A healthy dog is more capable of fighting disease and managing symptoms associated with cancer.
Eliminating potential causes of cancer involves proper and complete scrutiny of your pet’s environment. You may have to change it in a manner to restrict his contact with air borne pollutants, herbicides and pesticides, and toxic household chemicals. Avoid plastic and stick to metal or ceramic food bowls. As much as possible, make sure that you give filtered water to your dog.
Herbs provide excellent organ and immune system support. There are herbs that are meant for improving specific organ functioning and general herbs that assist the body in self-healing. Homeopathic remedies are prepared from herbs as well as many other natural substances. Finding a homeopathic remedy that suits the totality of symptoms in your dog is challenging but should not be impossible.