Natural Remedies for Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs
Has your dog been diagnosed with a mast cell tumor? If so, we are here to help. Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using supplements as part of their dog's mast cell tumor holistic treatment. Ask Ariel's natural remedies for canine mast cell tumors were selected based on quality, scientific research and proven results. Mast cell tumors can recur, and giving your pet supplements specifically for this form of cancer will support your pet's immunity and help reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Ask's Ariel's holistic treatments for mast cell tumors involve feeding a cancer diet and giving supplements, along with conventional treatments prescribed by your veterinarian. We are here to help, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at support@AskAriel.com
What Is a Mast Cell Tumor in Dogs?
A mast cell tumor (also called mastocytomas or mast cell sarcomas) in dogs is most commonly found in the skin or subcutaneous tissue. Mast cells are a type of white blood cell that contain the histamine, heparin and enzymes involved in allergic reactions. Mast cells are a part of your pet's immune system and protect against parasitic invaders. Mast cell tumors are the most common skin tumors in dogs, accounting for nearly 20% of all skin tumors. While MCTs are primarily a skin cancer in dogs, they can metastasize to lymph nodes and other organs.
Mast Cell Tumor Dog Symptoms
Canine mast cell tumors are the most common form of skin cancer in dogs. Mast cell tumors can be found in any breed of dog but are most commonly found in Boston terriers, English bulldogs, Weimaraners, golden retrievers, pugs, beagles and boxers. Mast cell tumors can be frequently overlooked, as they might just appear as a skin tag or small bump. They may also appear to be red, ulcerated or swollen. Although some canine mast cell tumors are benign, most are malignant. Because they can look like all kinds of inflammatory lesions, pet owners may not notice them, and they can remain on a dog for a long time before they are treated. Please be sure to check your dog regularly for any unusual growths, and bring any lumps or bumps to the attention of your veterinarian, because early treatment will yield a much better outcome.
Mast cell tumors in dogs can be found on the limbs, in between toes and in the spleen, liver and bone marrow. Both normal and cancerous mast cells contain chemicals that can be released into surrounding tissues. A degranulation, the release of histamine and other chemical compounds into the bloodstream, can occur spontaneously or when a tumor is agitated. These compounds can pass into the stomach and intestines and cause ulcers, which may result in digestive problems (vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite and black, tarry stools). Other symptoms of mast cell tumors in dogs can include skin rashes and shortness of breath.
Diagnosing Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs
Mast cell tumors vary greatly in their size, shape, appearance and texture. An MCT in dogs is typically diagnosed by fine needle aspiration. The only way to definitively identify them is with a biopsy and pathology report, which evaluates them based on location, grade and size. Mast cell tumors are one of the most treatable forms of cancer. Surgery is generally recommended for both low- and high-grade tumors. In most cases of higher-grade tumors, chemotherapy is also recommended.
What Causes Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs?
For most dogs, the underlying cause of a mast cell tumor is unknown. As with most cancers, it is probably due to a number of factors. There are genetic and environmental risk factors. Some dogs have a genetic protein mutation (receptor tyrosine kinase protein) that fuels the progression of mast cells. Mast cell tumors in dogs have a tendency to recur. While there is no cure, MCTs can be managed by using a proactive holistic approach to support your dog's immunity and its ability to fight this type of cancer. The prognosis for dogs with MCTs depends on various factors: the grade of the tumor, its location, whether the MCT has spread and the success of the surgery in completely removing it.
Natural Remedies for Canine Mast Cell Tumors
If your dog is diagnosed with a mast cell tumor, a holistic approach with diet changes and supplements can be used along with conventional treatments prescribed by your veterinarian to support your dog's immune system and prevent recurrence. Ask Ariel has extensive experience helping dogs with mast cell tumors using hypoallergenic, low-carbohydrate diets and natural supplements. The supplements most important for treating mast cell tumors (please see detailed information below) include: AllerEaze, Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract CBD Oil, Immune Harmony, Amazing Omegas, Curcumin Complex for Pets and Resveratrol for Dogs. These products help control the histamine response, fight cancer and reduce inflammation, which reduces recurrences. Mast cell tumors have a high likelihood of recurring, so it is very important to try to help control recurrences using the appropriate diet and supplement regimen.
AllerEaze - AllerEaze is the first line of defense for dogs with mast cell tumors as it has been scientifically proven to naturally reduce a dog's histamine release. Mast cells are immune cells in the skin that respond to allergies and irritations in the skin. When they begin to multiply abnormally, they form a tumor. Mast cell tumors have high levels of histamine. Any manipulation of the tumor can cause a sudden release of histamine into the bloodstream. Veterinarians prescribe Benadryl to reduce the harmful effects of histamine on the pet. A sudden histamine release can cause swelling, vascular changes and inflammation. Quercetin is often considered nature's Benadryl, as it helps the body cope with the dangerous effects of excess histamine released by cancerous mast cells. AllerEaze can be used in addition to Benadryl to support a healthy immune response. AllerEaze in combination with Power Probiotic has been especially helpful for pets with mast cell tumors.
Power Probiotic - Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of good bacteria, supporting a healthy immune system. Power Probiotic is essential if your pet has taken antibiotics or steroids, which can kill off healthy bacteria, weakening your pet's immune response. Pure, safe and natural, Power Probiotic does not contain any fillers.
Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract Oil - A few drops of this professional veterinary strength oil can help reduce inflammation and support a healthy immune system. Controlling inflammation is a core part of cancer treatment, and that is the main characteristic of this mast cell tumor dog CBD oil. The ingredients in Happy Paws are being researched for their beneficial effects on cancer. Anecdotal reports include reduced pain, inflammation and discomfort. Each 1oz bottle contains 550mg of full spectrum hemp extract in an unflavored all-natural coconut oil base. 100% organic. Made in the USA.
Immune Harmony - Immune Harmony is a premium-quality, patented blend of plant sterols and antioxidants. It’s the #1 choice for pets with cancer. This unique one-of-a-kind plant sterol supplement is tolerated well by even the smallest pets. This pet vitamin has been successfully used in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or prednisone since 2005. The sterols contained in Immune Harmony have been shown in studies to have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and immunomodulatory properties. No known toxicity has been found. The antioxidants protect the body from free radical damage, along with an essential fatty acid complex that assists in the bioavailability of these health-promoting nutrients. Excellent value: One bottle lasts between two to four months depending upon the weight of your dog.
Curcumin Complex for Pets - Curcumin Complex for Pets contains all three curcuminoids for maximum effectiveness. This science-based antioxidant reduces oxidative damage from free radicals. Curcumin Complex is essential for dogs and cats with cancer, as it supports a healthy immune response, has cancer-fighting properties and provides a critical antioxidant. Curcumin's benefit for cancer patients is being heavily researched, and curcumin may help inhibit cancer tumor growth. Using a combination of Curcumin Complex and Resveratrol for Dogs as a PREVENTATIVE if you have a dog prone to mast cell tumors or cancer is an excellent strategy.
Amazing Omegas for Pets - Amazing Omegas for Pets is absolutely the best fish oil available. It’s packed in glass bottles to prevent leakage of toxins from plastic into the oil. It’s also purified for heavy metals and toxins and manufactured gently so that oils are in a highly bioavailable form, which means increased absorption. Scientific research has shown the benefits of omega 3s for pets with cancer. This supplement helps pets with allergies and skin problems too!
Resveratrol for Dogs - Resveratrol is an exceptional antioxidant, backed by research, and can help your dog in so many ways:
- Cancer support and preventative (use with dog breeds that have a higher incidence of cancer, such as bichon frises, German shepherds, Labradors, golden retrievers, boxers): Resveratrol for Dogs acts on the process of carcinogenesis by affecting all three phases - tumor initiation, promotion and progression - and suppresses the final steps of carcinogenesis. Resveratrol for Dogs also supports immune function.
- Cardio-protective (excellent for breeds prone to heart issues, such as Cavalier King Charles spaniels, poodles, dachshunds).
- Energizing, promotes longevity. Excellent for senior dogs
Boston Terrier With Mast Cell Tumors Is Doing Great Years Later
"My precious Boston Terrier, Marcie had 3 mast cell tumors removed at age 7. One of the tumors had become a grade 2. After reading the pathology report and various other articles, I was terrified of what might happen. MCT is common for Boston Terriers. She's my baby and I will do anything I can to give her the best and all she needs.
I ordered several products from the AskAriel.com website which I have been using for several years now. Other than a couple of changes in protein sources, which is necessary with dogs with serious allergies, my baby is amazing. Everybody that meets her is in awe of her beauty and comment on the glow of her coat which I attribute to Amazing Omegas. They cannot believe that she is nine years old and has puppy energy!
I thank God each day He gives me to love her. Marcie's recent bloodwork results were awesome. I know it would not be possible without Susan's help. I highly recommend her expertise and products." - Kim, Florida
Supplements that have helped Marcie include: Amazing Omegas for Pets, Resveratrol For Dogs, AllerEaze, K9 Digestive Enzymes, and Immune Harmony.
FREE Diet Tips With Your Order
Many dogs with mast cell tumors have a history of allergies. Dogs with mast cell tumors need a low-carbohydrate, novel-protein diet and should avoid ingredients that can weaken immunity and increase the likelihood of another mast cell tumor recurring. Ask Ariel has helped clients achieve exceptional results with MCTs, so be sure to include what you are feeding your dog on the order form at checkout. We will review your pet's information and include a free diet suggestion on the packing slip that comes with your order.
Ask Ariel's pet supplements have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005 and are recommended by veterinarians nationwide. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at support@AskAriel.com. We will be happy to provide you with additional information about our natural remedies for mast cell tumors, but please know that due to veterinary regulations we cannot provide individualized consultative advice without a physical exam.