Learning your dog has Lymphoma is devastating news, however, there are many methods for aiding and helping your dog combat his cancer. Although the primary treatment for Canine Lymphoma is chemotherapy, natural remedies can be quite beneficial and are recommended to help boost your dog’s immune system. Diet and specific herbs significantly improve the health of dogs diagnosed with Lymphoma.
Red clover, burdock root, milk thistle, dandelion, astragalus and echinacea are immune boosting herbs, and many of them promote the removal of wastes from the kidneys and liver, which increases immune function and keeps your dog healthy while undergoing more conventional treatments like chemotherapy. These herbs should be dried and given orally to your dog.
Essiac or Essiac Tea, originally developed by Canadian nurse R. Caisse, is a combination of four herbs: burdock root, slippery elm, sorrel and turkey rhubarb root. Only Natural Pet B.S.S.T Herbal Formula is the only mixture specifically formulated for dogs and cats.
Diet is another important factor in aiding your dog’s battle with Lymphoma. Dogs diagnosed with Lymphoma should eat an organic raw diet or a specific cancer diet that consists of low carbohydrates and high fat intake. A small intake of complex carbohydrates and rapidly absorbed sugars along with moderate amounts of high quality proteins and high intake of unsaturated fats is recommended. The unsaturated fats should be Omega-3 fatty acids like those contained in flax seed oil and not Omega-6 fatty acids, which increase cancer growth. The only risk associated with the high fat diet is pancreatitis, which can develop in some breeds. Monitor your dog for any problems or ask your veterinarian beforehand if she knows whether your dog is susceptible to pancreatitis.
The “Budwig Diet,” developed by Dr. Johanna Budwig, is another method for aiding canine immune systems. Dogs should be fed 1 tbsp. of organic flax seed oil and 1 cup of organic cottage cheese mixed together three times daily for up to 3 months.
Along with the diet change your dog should be fed digestive enzymes and antioxidants that will improve your dog’s chances in her fight against Lymphoma. Prozyme is a product containing four digestive enzymes that benefit your dog. The antioxidants Vitamins C and E, selenium, green tea and Coenzyme Q10 helps eliminate free radicals from your dog’s body and impedes the growth and spread of cancer.