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SENSIBLE SUPPLEMENTS AND IMMUNONUTRITION

By Alice Villalobos, DVM
For Veterinary Practice News
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There are hundreds of products on the market. These are the products that I trust for my immunonutrition protocols because I know they have proven in-house quality control.

I tell my clients that the nutraceuticals will change their pet’s physiology to handle the treatments and to resist recurrent cancer so they should continue to use the products long after surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are complete.

I use Inositol hexaphosphate (IP-6) from rice. It is derived from soybeans, rice, sesame seeds, beans, legumes and cereals. IP-6 is a polysaccharide found in fiber that is anti-carcinogenic, has potent anti-oxidant action and enhances natural killer-cell activity. For more information, visit www.phytopharmica.com.

I also recommend beta glucan derived from the Agaricus blazei mushroom. Beta glucan has the ability to stimulate macrophage activity to destroy viral, bacterial and malignant cells. It is used widely in Asia as a health supplement. For more information, visit www.atlasworldusa.com.

To enhance adaptogen activity during stress, I recommend Advanced Protection Formula (APF) Drops. It contains extracts from several types of Siberian ginseng.

Humans and animals on this product have increased energy and appetite and maintain higher white-blood cell counts while under stressors, such as chemotherapy. APF drops also may help increase insulin use in diabetic pets and may help stabilize hyperglycemic cats. For information, contact Dr. Mike Van Noy, www.auburnlabs.com.

If the pet has liver disease or cancer, I recommend milk thistle for its proven ability as a flavonoid to improve the solubility of bile and enhance the detoxification process. Milk thistle also prevents depletion of glutathione, raises glutathione levels up to 35 percent and protects the liver from damage. It can be used for pets on chemotherapy to help the liver process and detoxify drugs. It can be found in several products such as Larchmont, NY-based Rx Vitamins for Pets Hepato Support.

I also like to use Platinum Performance’s vitamins product and their Repress minerals as comprehensive and beneficial supplements for my cancer patients. Some dogs get diarrhea because of the OM-3 fatty acids, so we introduce it to the diet gradually. For information contact Dr. Doug Herthel, www.platinumperformance.com

I also recommend beta glucan derived from the Agaricus blazei mushroom. Beta glucan has the ability to stimulate macrophage activity to destroy viral, bacterial and malignant cells. It is used widely in Asia as a health supplement. For more information, visit www.atlasworldusa.com.

To enhance adaptogen activity during stress, I recommend Advanced Protection Formula (APF) Drops. It contains extracts from several types of Siberian ginseng.

Humans and animals on this product have increased energy and appetite and maintain higher white-blood cell counts while under stressors, such as chemotherapy. APF drops also may help increase insulin use in diabetic pets and may help stabilize hyperglycemic cats. For information, contact Dr. Mike Van Noy, www.auburnlabs.com.

If the pet has liver disease or cancer, I recommend milk thistle for its proven ability as a flavonoid to improve the solubility of bile and enhance the detoxification process. Milk thistle also prevents depletion of glutathione, raises glutathione levels up to 35 percent and protects the liver from damage. It can be used for pets on chemotherapy to help the liver process and detoxify drugs. It can be found in several products such as Larchmont, NY-based Rx Vitamins for Pets Hepato Support.

I also like to use Platinum Performance’s vitamins product and their Repress minerals as comprehensive and beneficial supplements for my cancer patients. Some dogs get diarrhea because of the OM-3 fatty acids, so we introduce it to the diet gradually. For information contact Dr. Doug Herthel, www.platinumperformance.com.

Standard Process Inc., in Palmyra, Wis., a well-known nutraceutical firm, has recently entered the veterinary market with its quality products.
Rx Vitamins for Pets offers excellent high-quality supplements and support products formulated by Dr. Robert Silver. It is introducing a new formulation called Onco Support. It will be available in January. For more information visit www.naturaldvm.com.

For pets with cancer cachexia or pets with feeding tubes, I use glutamine powder, ImmunoPro (whey protein) and Organic Colostrum from Biomolecular Sciences Inc., in Marina Del Rey, Calif., www.GenomicWhey.com.

I also like DeToxMax, an oral detoxification formula from Bioimmune Inc., in Scottsdale, Ariz. I also use its liquid Ultra Ascorbic C and Immune Response Powder. Bioimmune provides excellent but demanding protocols and products for terminal human cancer, cardiac and diabetic patients. If applicable, protocols may be beneficial for animal cancer patients. For more information, www.bioimmune.com.

When Gregory Ogilvie, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, was at Colorado State University, he looked at the theory that cancer cells survive best on sugars and carbohydrates.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition formulated a diet high in protein, fatty acids and l-arginine, and low in carbohydrates and sugars. The concept of the diet was to “Feed the patient and starve the cancer.” Fifty dogs with lymphoma were given the same chemotherapy protocol and divided into two groups. The group on the special diet had an additional 100 days of remission.
The diet is currently available as Hill’s n/d or neoplasia diet. Many oncologists recommend n/d for dogs with lymphoma and dogs receiving radiation therapy. To avoid diarrhea, we advise pet owners to gradually blend n/d into the pet’s regular food.

Dr. Villalobos is a recipient of the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian and the UC Davis Alumni Achievement awards. She is president-elect of the American Assn. of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians. She directs Animal Oncology Consultation Service in Woodland Hills and is associated with VCA Clarmar Animal HospitalTorrance, Calif., and VCACoast Animal Hospital in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Email: dralicev@aol.com


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