Alternatives to Chemotherapy for Dogs

Alternatives to Chemotherapy for Dogs

Cancer is defined as the uncontrolled reproduction of cells either inside or on the body. It is surprisingly common among pets, with roughly the same number of dogs diagnosed with various forms of cancer as humans. This potentially fatal and extremely devastating disease may happen to any pet, but the risk does increase with age.

What are Viable Alternatives to Chemotherapy for Dogs?

Today, holistic vets are growing increasingly concerned with the number of animals who are being diagnosed with cancer at younger ages. Diet, environment and genetics can certainly play a role. However, no matter what caused your pet’s cancer, there are natural alternatives to chemotherapy that you can seek out if you wish to take a more natural approach to your pet’s care.

Essiac Tea as a Cancer Treatment

two cups of essiac tea

A very popular herbal combination is known as Essiac Tea. This was developed by Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse who was able to treat and cure hundreds of cancer patients. Its main ingredients, which are Indian rhubarb, slippery elm, burdock, and sorrel, can be used as a natural remedy for any pet with cancer.

The tea works on cleansing the blood and increasing elimination, so you may notice voluminous stools after administering it to your pet. However, Essiac will also stimulate the appetite, so it’s imperative that you switch to a high quality, species-appropriate diet, if you have not done so already, in order to give your pet’s body the opportunity to absorb all of the nutrients it needs to remain strong and fight off the disease. Work with your holistic vet to determine which nutritional supplements, such as probiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, should be added to your pet’s food. With Essiac’s help, your pet’s immune system will be more effective at fighting cancer cells.


Acupuncture is a natural healing modality that encourages the body to fight off cancer cells. You will probably need to book a number of sessions and take your pet on a regular basis in order to see results. This therapy is best used in combination with other herbal and homeopathic treatments, as well as nutritional supplements prescribed by your vet for your dog’s specific type of cancer and overall condition. Holistic veterinarian, Jean Hofve, states that “Acupuncture is very helpful for pain relief in cancer patients. It can stimulate the immune system and assist in promoting detoxification as well.”

Chinese Herbs for Fighting Canine Cancer

Traditional Chinese Medicine is filled with a variety of natural herbal remedies that can fight a variety of cancers. Mammary gland tumors, in particular, are very difficult to treat and life expectancy is low whether you remove the tumors surgically or not.  You will want to start your pup on natural remedies immediately removal of the tumors in order to give your dog the highest chance of surviving the disease. Try a multiple-herbal formula known as Chih-ko and Curcuma, available from Seven Forests. It is also known by its Chinese name, Xiao Zhong Liu Pian. The oral tablet is used to treat cancer in China and can be administered daily.

Always Consult a Holistic Veterinarian

No matter what direction you choose to take with your dog’s care, make sure you work under the guidance of a trained and experienced holistic veterinarian who can properly diagnose your pet’s cancer and provide the most appropriate and most effective remedies for his specific condition. This will ensure your dog has the best quality of life and the highest odds of beating the disease.


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