are hundreds or thousands of manufacturers and distributors
who claim that their products fight cancer. And there are just as many
sites selling these products. Most have only anecdotal evidence of
efficacy with testimonials from users, veterinarians and/or physicians
attesting to the supplement's cancer-fighting properties.
of these products actually
fight cancer? Clearly, there is no supplement that cures cancer across
the board. Successful cases occur, and they may be due to the
lucky selection of the particular treatment + diet + supplement
regimen. Or they may be spontaneous cures or
remissions that occur sporadically and inexplicably, just as cancer
itself may inexplicably develop in some dogs and not others.
cancer case is different and each dog with cancer is unique. A
supplement that is helpful in one case may be ineffective in others for
reasons that are not yet understood. With
the information currently available, we must each
pick and choose what we believe will help our dog. Supplements
can help - after all, pharmaceuticals are
not pulled out of the air or imported from Jupiter! They are produced
from herbs and
other natural substances. What we don't know as yet is which ones work,
well and in what dosages.
Veterinary oncology specialists are highly educated with a wealth of
diagnosing and treating cancer in our pets. They
work very hard to help us help our pets fight
cancer. We need them, we value greatly their expertise and we
appreciate the services they provide.
However, we must remember that they are specialists in cancer
treatment, not in diet and supplements. For these things, we must look
elsewhere for recommendations. Do your research, gather your
information and make a list or a plan. If a holistic veterinarian is
guiding you, you are good to go. If not, put a plan together by
researching on the net. Join a pet cancer support group (see Support page). The
members will give you an education in diet and supplements for a dog
with cancer from their own experiences and research.
The best places to research supplements:
support group (see Groups)
searches - but always qualify the source!
of a support group, ask your holistic vet, ask any member of your dog's
team, for information about supplements that can help your dog. When you
find a supplement that you want to give your dog, type it into a search
engine and compare sources. Most
supplements are available through
various companies or distributors. The prices vary widely and the
quality may vary as well. Some
are organic or natural-made and others are not. Some manufacturers have
superior quality control of their products.
Once you have a list, run it by your
veterinarian. Confirm that there are no known adverse interactions
between the items on your list or
between them and the medical treatment planned for your dog.
Please don't over-supplement
It's not true that you can tell how much a person loves their dog by
the number of bottles and jars on the kitchen counter. When it comes to
giving supplements to a dog with cancer, sometimes less is more. Read
article about providing Sensible Supplements HERE
Cancer 'Cures' that Consumers Should Avoid"
article titled 125 Fake
Cancer 'Cures' that Consumers Should Avoid" HERE