After the November Newletter:
- Diet – several studies on mice show caloric restriction and feeding a ketogenic diet (low carb) was beneficial. Many practitioners recommend eliminating all grains when dogs have cancer.
- Hyperbaric therapy (also another article about that)
- Chinese and western herbs, especially tumeric (curcumin). Articles about that are also in Animal Wellness Magazine, though focused more on pain.
Dr. Fougere discussed many approaches to oncology including:
- Diet – fresh, whole foods, preferably organic. She says some whole grains can be included. Yes, I know I get calls and emails all the time about different opinions from trusted people. Remember there is no right answer so you need to make your own decisions based of reading, how your pet is responding and your own common sense.
- Supplements – many different ones including tumeric.
- Herbal medicine – this really needs to be done by a skilled prescriber, not merely using herbs you find on the internet (though sometimes they are right and you have a great success).
In the Animal Wellness Magazine (get your subscription and help shelters by entering my code CCDVM when you subscribe (and send me an email so I can see if it is working) is a great case of Guiseppe, a 7 year old Swiss Mountain Dog with Osteosarcoma. He is tumor free and not lame at all by 13 months after it appeared, and 9 months after holistic treatment was started. Dr. Marsden treated with herbs, IV vitamins, diet changes and homeopathy.
another AWM article is Cancer – two views.
My advice to you, Colleen, and to others whose dogs have cancer, is to find an excellent integrative veterinarian with whom to work, learn Reiki to help with any pain, switch to a raw food diet using local healthy ingredients, give lots of love and know that each being on this planet is an energy being in a physical body for merely a short time, so enjoy every moment.