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Alternatives to Chemotherapy for Cats and Dogs

What are Viable Alternatives to Chemotherapy for Cats and Dogs?

Cancer is defined as the uncontrolled reproduction of cells either inside or on the body. It is surprisingly common in pets, with roughly the same number of dogs diagnosed with various forms of cancer as humans. This potentially fatal and extremely devastating disease may be acquired by any pet, but the risk does increase with age. And even though dogs are more often diagnosed than cats, the tumors that do grow in felines tend to be more malignant.

Today, holistic vets are growing increasingly concerned with the number of animals who are being diagnosed at younger ages. Diet, environment, and genetics can certainly play a role. But, 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

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. It 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 nutritional supplements, such as probiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, that 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 stimulates the immune system and encourages the body to fight off cancer cells. You will probably need to book at least ten or more 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 pet’s specific type of cancer and overall condition.

Chinese Herbs

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. Natural remedies should be used after removal of the tumors in order to give your pet 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.

No matter what direction you choose to take with your pet’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 pet has the best quality of life and the highest odds of beating the disease.


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