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Natural Veterinary Medicine

Awareness of Natural Veterinary Medicine (Alternative, Holistic, and/or Integrative) is on the rise as is the recognition of how some commercial dog food affects cancer. More people are becoming educated in a ‘Back to Nature’ approach to help prevent cancer and assist in treatment, as an adjunct treatment to conventional medicine for people and dogs.

While traditional western medicine does not advocate the above, many studies have been done in various parts of the world, including the U.S., as to its effectiveness in killing cancer cells, while not affecting normal cells.

There are holistic vets currently treating pet cancer with Vitamin C injection therapy and ozone therapy with at least if not better results than chemotherapy.

Here are some substances used in natural, alternative or holistic treatment:

  • AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound)
    Worldwide studies have proven its ability to kill cancer cells by increasing 'T' cells as much as 200%, and activity of 'NK' Killer cells as much as 800%.
  • Artemisinin
    University of Washington research professor Henry Lai and assistant research professor Narendra Singh published in Life Sciences in which they reported that artemisinin kills cancer cells selectively.
  • Astaxanthin
    Protects cell membranes, enhancing and working with Vitamin C to destroy toxic cells due to increased oxygen activity.It has a unique method of entrapping free radicals by bonding to them.
  • Bromelain
    Nutrients such as bromelain and papain contain protease enzymes as part of anti-cancer nutrient support.Researchers have now identified cancer-killing mechanisms of bromelain, including the process that causes the cancer cell to self-destruct.
  • Chinese Chlorella
    Many herbalists believe that chlorella, rich in vitamin C and carotenoids, can help prevent cancer. Early laboratory studies suggest that chlorella may inhibit the growth of cancer cells because it promotes oxygen, the enemy of cancer.
  • Colostrum
    Is one of nature's finest immune boosters, found in cow's milk. Cancer exists only in depleated immune systems.Colostrum supports the regeneration process and boosts immune system response against cancer.
  • Curcumin
    From The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Curcumin changes the regulation of DNA to kill cancer.Curcumin, the molecule that makes turmeric (curcumin) orangish-yellow, has been shown to inhibit all three stages of cancer development.
  • Ellagic Acid
    Is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in fruits and nuts. It prevents the binding of carcinogens to DNA. Ellagic acid is a proven anti-carcinogen, anti-mutagen and anti-cancer initiator.
  • Essiac Tea
    Essiac tea is a blend of 4 herbs. Sheep sorrel and burdock root are known to destroy cancer cells. Turkey rhubarb root and slippery elm bark help build the immune system to aid detoxification of the affected organs.
  • Flax Seed Oil
    It is essential to use only unrefined, cold-pressed oils with high linoleic acid content. (Wild Salmon Oil is another example.) Research at The University of Toronto indicates that women with breast cancer, regardless of the degree of cancer invasiveness, may benefit from treatment with flax seed oil.
  • Glutathione
    Protects cell membranes, and enhances and works with Vitamin C to destroy toxic cells via increased oxygen activity. It has a unique method of entrapping free radicals by bonding to them, helps metabolize cancer cells, detoxes the liver and enhances immunity.
  • Grape Seed Extract
    Specifically, grape seed extract damages cancer cells' DNA. Grape seeds have a high content of compounds known as oligomeric proanthocyanidins. These compounds are distinct from other flavonoids because their simple chemical structure allows them to be readily absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • Olive Leaf Extract
    Scientists have identified a new compound, derived from olive leaf's oleanolic acid, that protects against the development of cancer. Laboratory results show that oleic acid dramatically cuts the expression of a gene involved in the development of cancer.
  • Vitamin C
    Vitamin C does more than just kill cancer cells. It boosts immunity. It inhibits hyaluronidase, an enzyme that tumors use to metastasize and invade other organs throughout the body. It induces apoptosis to help program cancer cells into dying early.
  • Vitamin D3
    Inhibits mutations and has the ability to cause apoptosis or normal cell death in cancer cells. Research conducted at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Nebraska has revealed that supplementing with vitamin D can reduce your risk of cancer by an astonishing 77 percent.
  • Wheat Grass Extract
    One of the primary benefits of wheat grass is as a potent source of chlorophyll, the phytonutrient that gives plants their green pigment. Chlorophyll has the ability to break down toxins and release free oxygen, the enemy of cancer.

The information contained herein offers information and opinions and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.




American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

Dog Cancer Blog - Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM is the author of Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Beyond Surgery, Chemotherapy & Radiation

Dog Food Analysis - Independent site for dog food information and reviews

Dog Food Project - Everything you ever wanted to know about dog food (maybe)

DrMarty.com - Where natural healing begins. Dr Marty is an author as well.

Is Cancer Prevention for Dogs Possible? - This article at The Whole Dog Journal web site addresses many possible areas for prevention.

Monica Segal - She is certified in Animal Health Care through the University of Guelph with studies in animal nutrition,physiology, diseases and parasites, as well as pet care. Monica is an author as well.

The Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program - ‘Greyt’ resource for greyhounds 

Pet Care Naturally - Combining common sense nutrition with integrative therapies for optimal pet health. Dr. Shawn is an author as well.

The Possible Canine - Catherine Lane is a Canine Nutrition Consultant

TruthaboutPetFood.com - Independent site by a consumer who follows pet food production, regulation and recall news.


Cesar's Way - Achieving balance between people and dogs

Heart to Heart Canine Counseling - Nan Talleno, ABCDT is a certified canine behavior specialist and professional dog trainer and has been rescuing and rehabilitating dogs for the past fifteen years.

Specialty Pet Products and Services

B Naturals - Holistic products for your canine companion and a good site for reference

Dawn the Pet Nanny - Pet sitting service providing "loving care while you're not there"

Dog Bags and More - Your best stop for poop clean-up. Claude is very accommodating.

Entirely Pets - Pet supplements, supplies etc.

Nancy's Dog Paws Boutique - Dog apparel and accessories

No Nude Hounds - Custom made wearables for the discriminating greyhound – Kerry does it all

Only Natural Pet Store - Products are chosen for their holistic approach to pet health

Pabbys Pet Pantry - Committed to increasing the bond between people and animals, providing access to organic, holistic, premium raw diets, and a wide range of alternatives including holistic supplements for companion animals.

Pet Food Direct - Largest on-line pet food supplier