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Choosing conventional or holistic for a spinal tumor or any illness

I am always so excited when people look to holistic options. Too often it is when conventional medicine, as with this dog, has little to offer. I strongly encourage everyone to be doing holistic approaches for every animal, all the time. The 7 keys to health are a great place to start. You may think your dog or cat is healthy, but there may be some of the Early Warning Signs of Internal Imbalance to improve. While conventional approaches may be needed, always explore the holistic options first.


A person emailed me, saying “I currently am fostering a 1.5 yr old pit mix dog that cannot use his back legs.  He had an MRI done  on 11/10/16.  The results showed that he has a very large mass in the spinal cord that runs from T8 to T13,  Given its appearance and his young age it was suspected that the mass is a nephroblastoma.  Which is relatively uncommon tumor, which has an embryologic origin.

Three options given
1.  Surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, then radiation.  Prognosis possible 20 or less chance to walk again.
2.  Radiation  therapy – no prognosis
3. Consider euthanasia.

The owner of the rescue spoke to an oncology radiation specialist who said that with radiation  they could not totally eliminate the tumor and Gilbert would have to have treatment every 6 months for the rest of his life.  They suggested another MRI in 3 months to see if the tumor is still growing.

My question to you is this:  Are their any homeopathic treatments for this type of tumor?  I am going to be putting him on the Answers Pet food goats milk diet for the next 3 months.  I am hoping this will help reduce his tumor.  If nothing else, his immune system will be boosted.  He could care less if he walks again.  I just want the little guy to live a long life.  I have gotten him to use his back legs in water, but it is a hit and miss thing with him.  I don’t want to push him into doing anything.  He is quite happy and content right now, but I am afraid the tumor will continue to grow and kill him.   Looking at all options at this point for him.”


My answer: There are so many wonderful options you can use that may help with this problem and certainly will help with all the other rescues that you get. There are even more on my website and in great holistic magazines and books.


Most importantly with a condition this serious, I would suggest working with a GREAT homeopathic veterinarian or one with excellent training in TCVM (traditional chinese vet med). This will give you the most reliable success. Not all great ones will have success, so you need to be the one to push, and to say this is not working, and maybe change to a different one. Since holistic treatments generate self healing it often looks different than conventional, so I would read Wendy Jensen’s and Don Hamilton’s books – Practical Handbook of Veterinary Homeopathy and Homeopathic Care of Cats and Dogs. Use the links page on my site to find a vet, read the article on how to select and work with an integrative vet, or schedule a Pet health Coaching call with me to get one tailored for you as well as learn more. As time progresses, you may need to add in an osteopath or homeopath as well.

Answers’ goat milk is a great idea as I have seen many dogs and cats have greatly improved health with it. I have not seen it completely cure serious problems like this. You are right that it will help his immune system.


At home, 100% safe treatments that may help include Reiki, flower essences, Healing Touch for Animals, acupressure, ccmrt (canine and cat muscle release therapy), massage, water exercise (good for you to be doing that already).

You have a very good chance of helping this pup, if it is his path to stay.

Oh, you may also want to find a good match in an animal intuitive healer/communicator. They can help you know which modalities may be the most needed at any time. You can also learn to ask yes/no questions (you may have seen a chiropractor do Applied Kinesiology by pushing down on an arm) and there are many methods (dowsing, pendulums, fingers, whole body) you can practice so you can ask daily what the best treatments would be.

This pup is helping you continue down a wonderful learning path of healing. Health is a journey we are on, not a place we get to (though it certainly seems that some people and animals are just vibrantly healthy their whole life!!). We try one thing, then learn another, or use a different healer. As the associate editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, I learn about new approaches for healing that each have helped a large number of animals (but not all) every issue.


By |2016-11-30T14:46:19+00:00November 30th, 2016|cancer, Chinese medicine, dogs, homeopathy|0 Comments

About the Author:

Christina Chambreau, DVM, graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980 and has had a Homeopathic Veterinary Practice since 1988. She is co-founder and was Chair for the Academy of Veterinary homeopathy. She is the author of Healthy Animal’s Journal: What You Can Do to Have Your Dog or Cat Live a Long and Healthy Life; Healthy Dog Journal ebook; Fleas Be Gone kindle; and co-author of Tutorial and Workbook for the Homeopathic Repertory and How to Have a Stress Free Wedding and Live Happily Ever After. She has written and is quoted in many magazines. She lectures at veterinary conferences around the world. She speaks and gives classes for animal enthusiasts and practitioners. She is committed to empowering people to heal their animals and themselves in a way that heals the planet.

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