5 Natural Ways to Support your dog during Cancer

5 Natural Ways to Support your dog during Cancer


Does your dog have cancer and you want to put the odds in its favor? Wondering whether you can treat dogs with cancer? Can't afford the conventional medicine treatments? If you want to try the best alternative treatments for dogs with cancer, this article is for you.


Receiving the bad news of a cancer diagnosis is always difficult regardless of the age of your animal. I understand this is a delicate subject and I stand with you wholeheartedly.



In this article, you will have access to a list of holistic and natural tools to help your dog while fighting cancer. I will talk about nutrition, herbal remedies, Chinese medicine, medicinal mushrooms and homeopathic products.


Our team of natural animal health experts are here for you.


So, without further ado, I present to you our tips for the natural treatment of cancer in dogs.


If you have any questions about other types of cancer affecting dogs, check out our complete guide to dog cancer for more details.



Treat dog cancer naturally with nutrition


There are several foods that can be added to your dog's diet to help fight cancer, such as tomatoes and sweet potatoes, which are high in antioxidants.


The priority when fighting cancer is to support the immune system, in order to help the body help itself. It is therefore important to provide your pet with a balanced diet, rich in different nutrients.


For more details on what foods to offer a dog with cancer, you can read our previous article written specifically on this topic.



Help dogs fight cancer with herbal treatments


Dog cancer can also be fought with certain medicinal herbs, through phytotherapy. I am thinking particularly of curcumin and Boswellia serrata, amongst others.


 Do you know about curcumin?


Curcumin is actually the main active ingredient found in turmeric, which has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine as a potent anti-inflammatory.


This molecule is thought to also induce the death of cancer cells in the early stages of their development. It is said to have the ability to identify cancer cells and stop them from multiplying.


As you may know, however, curcumin is hard to absorb by the body when you consume turmeric. Some suggest combining turmeric with pepper to make it easier to absorb, while others suggest that there may be harmful effects to this combination.


My advice would be to consult with your holistic vet to direct you to a curcumin supplement with an appropriate dosage for your dog.


Boswellia serrata


Boswellia serrata is a species of tree found principally in India. In addition to being known for the potent anti-inflammatory power of its resin, it is also credited with anti-cancer properties.


Its resin also has a neuroprotective effect and is studied for its effectiveness in the treatment of brain cancer.


Boswellia serrata is also often used in combination with curcumin, in certain proportions.



Chinese medicine to fight cancer in dogs


Do you know about the Yin and Yang? If so, you have a basis in Chinese medicine. This can be of great help in relieving symptoms of cancer in dogs.


Chinese medicine has more than 3000 years of experience in using herbs and medicinal substances to maintain or restore health naturally.


This unique medicine is also based on the vital energy (Qi, pronounced tchi), which circulates in the body following meridians. Acupuncture is the result of this technique.


During an acupuncture session, fine needles are placed at specific points along these meridians in order to unblock the flow of Qi and thus restore balance and overall health to the body. For more details, you can read our article on different alternative medicines for animals.


Few studies yet indicate that acupuncture is effective in treating cancer itself. That said, medicinal advances have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving nausea and vomiting following chemotherapy in humans.


It’s important to consult a vet specializing in acupuncture to find out if this type of holistic alternative therapy is appropriate for your animal, since in some cases this energy release could be contraindicated (when there is a high risk of infection or metastases for example).



Medicinal mushrooms for dog who's fighting cancer


The world of mushrooms is vast and, luckily for us, they are great allies in the fight against cancer in dogs! Here are a few.


Agaricus Blazei


Known by a number of names, including almond mushroom and mushroom of the sun, Agaricus Blazei is of Brazilian origin, but is most popular in Japan.


In addition to stimulating the immune system, this medicinal mushroom is used in case of growth of breast, uterine and prostate tumors. It is also said to be good in relieving side effects caused by chemotherapy.




The Chaga mushroom grows on birch trees and is becoming more and more popular for its many medicinal properties.


It’s recommended to help slow the growth of cancer in the lungs, bronchi, stomach, rectum, esophagus, uterus and breast tissue, while supporting the immune system.


It’s a mushroom rich in antioxidants, which also has anti-inflammatory properties.




Also called the lion's mane mushroom, or memory fungus, Hericium is a very rare mushroom that usually grows on oak, beech and maple trees.


Widely used in Chinese medicine, this mushroom does not directly attack cancer cells. It activates different immune responses in the body that help the body in his fight against certain tumors.


It’s useful in case of leukemia cells, breast cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer and colon cancer in animals.




This mushroom is an adaptogen, that is, it adapts to the body to restore balance and promote overall health. The Maitake is mainly used for its anti-cancer properties and especially in cases of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in animals.


It has only been cultivated recently (mainly in Japan). Prior to 1979, it was only available in the wild.




This mushroom is probably the one you are most familiar with, being very popular in human cooking. Shiitake mushrooms stimulate the immune system, have antibacterial and antiviral properties, and are known to be used in cases of slow the growth of certain cancer cells.


In humans, this fungus has shown promise in cases where the purpose wat to slow the progression of colorectal cancer, and cancer of the liver, stomach, and pancreas.


It is also reported to be used in cases of breast tumors, melanoma and prostate cancer.


Coriolus Versicolor


Coriolus versicolor is a lignivorous fungus (which attacks wood) that is widespread throughout the world. It is usually seen on unhealthy or dead hardwoods.


It is widely used in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy because it is believed to increase their effectiveness. In addition, it helps maintain the body from the toxicity of chemotherapy on healthy cells.


It is particularly recommended in cases of colon cancer, lung cancer and skin cancer (melanoma).




If you are looking to slow down and prevent cancer growth, many has tried this medicinal mushroom that also has anti-neurodegeneration properties while supporting balance in the nervous system. The Cordyceps are also endowed with an adaptogenic capacity and invigorating benefits. Beneficial effects have been reported in cases of leukemia, lymphoma and lung cancer.


It stimulates the immune system and acts protectively on several organs such as the kidneys and the liver. It also has been used to limit the side effects of conventional cancer treatments.




The main strength of Reishi is its ability to stimulate the immune system. This medicinal mushroom has been shown to increase the activity of immune cells (white blood cells) called natural killer cells. These play a role in supporting the dog during his fight against infection and cancer.


It is therefore used to improve the quality of life of cancer patients.


How can you enhance the therapeutic benefits of these mushrooms?



We strongly recommend using the mushrooms mentioned above in combination with our PIPTOPET product, itself made from another species of fungus, Piptoporus betulinus. Its use optimizes the beneficial effects of the mushrooms named above and stimulates your pet’s immune system in an exceptional way.

PIPTOPET is good for use before or after receiving a cancer diagnosis in dogs. Many dog owner uses the product wanting to help the body of their dog in the shrinking of tumors due to its properties.



Homeopathy as a natural option for dog cancer


As always with a view to holistic dog cancer treatments, homeopathy has its role to play. It is also popular all over the world.


This alternative medicine is concerned with the individual as a whole, that is to say, it aims to restore balance in the animal's body, in addition to wanting to treat its symptoms.


At HomeoAnimal we offer you natural products to support your dog's health in cases of various health problems, including certain types of cancer.



That’s all for our recommendations on supplementing classic canine cancer treatment with natural tools.


At HomeoAnimal, our products are based on the four forms of holistic medicines mentioned above, namely: homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, medicinal mushrooms, herbal products and more.


If you have any concerns about the health of your pet, please be aware that it is possible to contact us directly. It will be our pleasure to help you. You can also fill out our form for a FREE recommandation for your pet.


If you have read this article because you have a pet that has cancer, we are wholeheartedly with you and hope that these natural solutions give you some hope.


Have you used any of these treatment methods to help an animal in the past? We would love to hear your comments below on your personal experiences with these holistic medicines.


About the Author

Veronique Fournier

Véronique Fournier uses her extensive knowledge to write articles about pet health for HomeoAnimal.

She earned her degree in Animal Health from Cégep La Pocatière in Quebec. Her experience includes internships on animal production farms and rehabilitating birds of prey; managing the care of up to 100 wild animals in a day at the SOS Miss Dolittle Refuge; working at the Aquarium of Quebec, where she monitored 10,000 animals of 300 different species. She worked as a chief animal health technician in a veterinary clinic in British Columbia, as well as a few contracts in various other veterinary clinics.

She also makes lots of canine friends by volunteering at local shelters, fostering, and dog sitting for friends.

Feel free to contact me anytime at support@homeonanimal.com

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