There are few things scarier as a pet owner than witnessing your dog battle cancer. It’s a disease most associated with friends and loved ones, and when you begin to see the signs of sickness in your pet, it can be a major shock on many levels. For humans, the first step after diagnosis is a trip to the doctor, beginning chemo, trying new treatments, and the like. For humans it’s advised not to think twice before accessing insurance, and doing whatever is possible to battle the cancer head on.
The difference for dogs is that the price of treatments and visitations is almost immediately in the high hundreds and even thousands, with often times bad news or advice to let the cancer play its course. For many cancers the rate of success in surgeries is low, and often followed by medications that result in a significantly lower quality of life for your dog, who has no idea what is going on or why life has become so hard.
This article is an encouragement for those with pets battling cancer, to shed some light on at home herbal remedies one can provide at home to battle the cancer without spending exorbitants amounts of money on Vets and Dog hospitals.
The goji berry comes from China, and is packed with antioxidants and active ingredients that work to combat cancer cells. The nutrients inside help to reduce the size of tumors and inflammatory cytokines that create an environment for cancer growth. It has been proven to be safe for all ages and species for dogs. The easiest way to give it to your dog is to buy it in powdered, organic form, and mix it into your dog’s food. You can also mix it into your dogs water, as it has a pleasant taste and can be licked up as a treat. If you can only find the raw berries, it is necessary to soak them in water before giving them to your dog so that they can break them down easily.
2. CBD Oil
Cannabidiol is a compound extracted from Cannabis oil that does not contain the delta-tetrahydrocannabinol which causes psychoactive effects of Cannabis. It does, however, still contain the health benefits, and has been proven to be safe and effective on dogs in both preventing and fighting off Cancer.
CBD has been shown to cause apoptosis, or cancer cell suicide, and halt the growth of tumors, as well as prevent metastasis or the spread of cancer through the bloodstream. For dogs suffering from a lack of appetite which is a common symptom of Cancer, cannabis can stimulate the appetite. CBD prevents the development of blood vessels in tumors. These blood vessels are dangerous as they block their access to nutrition and starves them. CBD is best bought as a tincture and can be added to your dog's meals, or given to them directly. It is important to give your Dog CBD in amounts according to their weight and body size, which can be found online.
3. Hemp Oil
Hemp oil works in a similar way as CBD with added effects beneficial to combating Cancer growth and improving the health of your dog in the process. It contains omega-6 and omega-3 fats, which can help to reduce chronic inflammation and support the immune system. It is also jam packed with vital minerals like manganese and zinc. It has been shown as well to reduce metastasis and cancer growth in brain, breast, and lung cancer. Hemp seed can be given to your dog fresh or as an oil, and you can add one teaspoon for every pound of food.
Turmeric has innumerable benefits for not only combating cancer in dogs, but for helping with arthritis, and reducing general pain. In terms of combating cancer, the ingredientCurcumin in Turmeric is able to stop precancerous changes in the dog's body making it both a combative and a preventative for the disease. Curcumin interferes with cancer cells and their ability to grow and spread, as well as reduce tumor size and actually kill cancer cells.
Turmeric works for dogs with arthritis because it has anti-inflammatory effects that help to reduce the discomfort from swelling of the muscles and tissues and ease the pain and stiffness in your dog. Turmeric works to help with heart health because Curcumin is able to lower LDL cholesterol and reduce blood clots.
To give your dog tumeric in a digestible and safe way, you can follow this recipe for Golden Paste.
1/2 cup - Turmeric powder (*make sure that the turmeric powder is organic and is loaded with curcumin!)
1 - 1 1/2 cups - Filtered water
1 1/2 teaspoons - Freshly ground black pepper (*we recommend using a coffee grinder or magic bullet)
1/4 cup - Organic, cold pressed coconut oil
1. Mix the turmeric with the filtered water in a pan
2. Begin with 1 cup water and add more if needed
3. Stir the liquid combination on low/medium heat until it forms a thick paste (approximately 7-10 minutes)
4. If the paste is watery, simply add more turmeric powder
5. Next, add the pepper and coconut oil to the paste and stir in very well
6. Allow the paste to cool. The mixture can be put in a jar (one with a lid) and should live in the refrigerator for no more than 2 weeks
The golden paste can be added directly to the dog’s meals.
These herbal remedies can be beneficial to both preventing and combating cancer in dogs. In the grueling process of treating your sick dog, and the oftentimes disheartening news from vets and family, it can be helpful to find something to do on your own to combat the sickness. Further research can be done about the best dosages for your dog, but this article can work as an introductory guide to beginning natural, clean, at home treatments for your pup that won’t alter their states like prescribed medications can.
This article resonates with me deeply, as I recently lost my 4 year old Australian Shepherd, Conan, to lymphatic cancer. During the process, accessing pet insurance and affording visitations was an incredible strain on my family and I. The vet’s advice was often to prescribe pain medications that made my dog slow, unresponsive, and sleepy. The cancer itself quickly spread to my dog, and within a month I did not recognize any of the energized and happy aspects that I held true to his personality. I wish I had known more about at home remedies to help my dog, because I felt helpless throughout the whole process. If I had known about these preventatives, I would have been using them for my dog at a young age to lower the chances of cancer. I know how hard it is to watch this disease take the life of your pup, especially so unexpectedly at such a young age.
My beautiful Conan.
My name is Makani Kirwin, and I am a current undergrad at the University of California, Berkeley. I have two Austrailian Shepherds shared with my Mom, Dad, and older brother that remain back in my hometown of Ventura, California. My famiy grew up athletic and adventurous, and I have fond memories of taking my dogs on camping trips, hikes, and runs throughout my childhood. I grew up cherishing the love, friendship, and personal relationship one can have with their dog, and I am excited to be writing amongst other dog owners who feel that sense of connection.