Natural Treatments for Canine And Feline Lymphoma

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By Susan Blake Davis                                                                                         lymph node locations

Pet Nutritionist, www.AskAriel.com                                                                                             Locations of Lymph Nodes on a Dog

Canine lymphoma (also referred to as lymphosarcoma) is a common form of cancer in dogs and includes over 30 different forms, which vary in aggressiveness, symptoms and prognosis. Symptoms often include: painless swelling of lymph nodes, lack of appetite, weakness, lethargy, and weight loss. Canine lymphoma can occur in any dog, but some breeds have a higher incidence such as Boxers, Golden Retrievers, Saint Bernards, Basset Hounds, Airedale Terriers and Bulldogs.

Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic tissue. The lymph system is a core part of the body’s immune system. The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that defends the body against infections. It is comprised of a network of lymphatic vessels that carry lymph (a clear, watery fluid that contains protein, salts, glucose and other substances) throughout the body. The lymphatic system also serves as a low-pressure drainage system that collects interstitial fluid throughout the body and returns it to the bloodstream.

Unfortunately, there is not a cure for lymphoma and the best course of action will depend on the type, stage and aggressiveness. Even though a cure is not possible, a pet can go into remission for a period of time with treatment. Chemotherapy is the most common treatment offered to canine lymphoma patients.  Even if you choose not to pursue chemotherapy, seeking the advice of a veterinary oncologist is recommended.  This is because you can gain insight and become informed about all of your options from a cancer expert.  Regardless of what treatment you and your family pursue, supportive care using a cancer diet and holistic supplements can improve the quality of life for your pet and sometimes, the quantity of time as well.  We have worked with many canine lymphoma patients since 2005 and have found that pets fared best when both conventional and holistic treatments were used together.

 

Supportive Supplements for Canine Lymphoma:

Immune Harmony–  Immune Harmony contains plant sterols and a limited amount of antioxidants.  The product modulates the immune system, rather than overstimulating it.  While it is always best to consult the advice of your veterinarian, many client have safely used the Immune Harmony formula along with chemotherapy.

Resveratrol for Dogs– acts on the process of carcinogenesis by affecting all three phases: tumor initiation, promotion and progression and suppresses the final steps of carcinogenesis.  Resveratrol For Dogs  also supports immune function.

Amazing Omegas– is a powerhouse of omega-3 nutrients (essential fatty acids) that can help your pet fight cancer.  Amazing Omegas is a highly purified fish oil made from sardines, anchovies and mackerel processed with minimal heat to preserve the oil in its natural state.  Packed in glass bottles to prevent any chemicals from plastic leaching into the oil, Amazing Omegas is the highest quality, purified fish oil available for pets.

Curcumin for Pets– is essential for dogs (and cats) with cancer as it has cancer-fighting properties and is a critical antioxidant. Curcumin for Pets absorbs best when digested with fat, especially Omega 3 fatty acids (Amazing Omegas).  Scientific studies have shown the benefits of curcumin for cancer patients.  If your pet is undergoing radiation, curcumin can protect the skin undergoing radiation.
Feline Lymphoma

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Cancer in cats may be hard to detect because cats tend to hide disease well. Young cats may show signs of difficulty breathing as the mass in a young cat is frequently in the chest cavity.  Older cats develop the tumor in their intestines quite commonly.  Symptoms of intestinal lymphoma  can resemble IBD as symptoms include weight loss, malnutrition, diarrhea and vomiting.  If a diagnosis of intestinal lymphoma is determined, treatment often includes a combination of the following: surgery, chemotherapy, steroids, nutritional and supplemental support.  One of the most common forms of cancer in cats is feline lymphoma.   Feline lymphoma is a cancer that originates in the lymphocyte cells and most often affects older cats, but can affect cats of any age.  Feline lymphoma has many different forms and can show up in any part of the body, but the most common form is intestinal (alimentary) lymphoma.  Cats that have had exposure to either feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are at higher risk in developing feline lymphoma. Also, recent studies show a link between regular exposure to tobacco smoke and an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal lymphoma.

Cats with intestinal lymphoma can benefit from the digestive support provided in the IBD kit which can improve digestion, absorption and relieve discomfort.  In addtion,  Gastro ULC can also be helpful in soothing an inflamed GI tract and reducing acid.  Oxicell provides important cancer-fighting antioxidants as does Curcumin For Pets.

Cats with intestinal lymphoma can benefit from the digestive support provided in the IBD kit which can improve digestion, absorption and relieve discomfort.  In addtion,  Gastro ULC can also be helpful in soothing an inflamed GI tract and reducing acid.  Oxicell provides important cancer-fighting antioxidants as does Curcumin For Pets.

 

 

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Lymphoma  is an incurable cancer in pets.   Depending on the parental and vet decision as to how to treat, determines whether chemo can affect the slow down the progress of the disease.of the disease.   My Son’s doberman had lymphoma and they decided to do chemo.   Athena was given an extra year with the treatments.  Interesting to note that the chemo did not have the terrible side effects that often accompany human  chemotherapy treatments.  In addition to chemo there were many natural supplements to keep her strength up.    In Athena’s case she lived a fairly normal life for the next year.    Ultimately she lost her battle.  RIP ATHENA!

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