Canine Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer) Natural Remedies & Holistic Treatments
What is Canine Osteosarcoma?
Natural Supplements for Canine Osteosarcoma
Osteosarcoma is by far the most common bone cancer in cats and dogs. This disease affects dogs and cats differently. In canines, it is most commonly found in large-breed dogs and usually occurs in middle-aged or elderly dogs, but it can occur in a dog of any age. It is almost always a highly aggressive form of malignant cancer in dogs. Due to the aggressive nature of this disease, it metastasizes very rapidly, causing curative treatment to usually involve surgical removal of the tumor followed by chemotherapy. Osteosarcoma is very rare in felines. When a cat does develop it, the tumors are benign in 33% of cases reported.
Symptoms of Canine Osteosarcoma
- Neurological signs, such as seizures or wobbling
These home remedies have been used successfully by our Pet Nutritionist in veterinary hospitals to help pets with osteosarcoma. Pet Nutritionist Susan Davis has extensive experience helping pets with osteosarcoma, as she offered holistic consultations to cancer patients at a leading veterinary oncology hospital and VCA hospitals in Orange County, CA, for over 10 years. By treating canine osteosarcoma symptoms with an integrative approach to cancer treatments, you can help improve your pet’s quality of life. Our holistic supplements for osteosarcoma are recommended by veterinarians nationwide. These supplements can be used in conjunction with the conventional veterinary treatments prescribed by your veterinarian or veterinary oncologist.
If your dog has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, it is important to introduce holistic pet care (along with conventional veterinary treatments) as quickly as possible, as the cancer can progress rapidly. Using home remedies for bone cancer in dogs in the form of supplements and improved diet will give your dog a better quality of life and may extend survival time.
Resveratrol for Dogs - One must-have in our recommended supplements for bone cancer in dogs is Resveratrol for Dogs. Resveratrol is an exceptional antioxidant, backed by research, that can help your dog in so many ways:
- Cancer Support and Prevention (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). Very important if your pet is undergoing radiation.
- Energizing, Promotes Longevity. Excellent for senior dogs.
Curcumin for Pets is a scientifically proven, natural anti-inflammatory pet supplement containing a patented combination of three curcuminoids acting as free-radical scavengers. These cancer-fighting nutrients help pets prevent and fight cancer with a unique bioactive turmeric formula. Curcumin for Pets absorbs best when digested with fat, especially omega-3 fatty acids (Amazing Omegas), which is why our clients use the two pet cancer supplements together. If your pet is undergoing radiation, curcumin can protect the skin during radiation.
Amazing Omegas is the highest-quality purified fish oil available for pets. It is a powerhouse of omega-3 nutrients (essential fatty acids) that can help your pet fight cancer. Amazing Omegas is a highly purified fish oil made from sardines, anchovies and mackerel, processed with minimal heat to preserve the oil in its natural state. It’s packed in glass bottles to prevent any chemicals from plastic leaching into the oil. It’s naturally processed and highly bioavailable, with all toxins and heavy metals carefully removed. Compare the nutrient panel of this premium pet fish oil to all other brands and see the difference.
Immune Harmony - This is a premium-quality, patented blend of plant sterols and antioxidants. It’s the #1 choice for pets with cancer. This unique patented 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, as does an essential fatty acid complex that assists in the bioavailability of these health-promoting nutrients. Excellent value: One bottle lasts between 2 and 4 months depending upon the weight of your pet.
Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract for Dogs - 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 dog bone cancer oil. The ingredients in Happy Paws are being researched for their beneficial effects on cancer. Anecdotal reports include reduced pain, inflammation and discomfort. Each 1 oz bottle contains 550 mg of full-spectrum hemp extract in an unflavored all-natural coconut oil base. It’s 100% organic and made in the USA.
Purrfect Pet CoQ10 - Kaneka Ubiquinol™ helps to protect cells, tissues and organs from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. According to the National Cancer Institute, animal studies found that CoQ10 boosts the immune system and helps the body fight certain infections and types of cancer.
Diet for Dogs With Canine Osteosarcoma
Another important part of a comprehensive canine osteosarcoma natural treatment is diet. Pets with cancer need a special cancer diet that supports a healthy immune system and reduces inflammation. Ask Ariel’s Pet Nutritionist offered holistic consultations in conjunction with veterinarians at VCA hospitals and a leading Southern California veterinary oncology clinic for over 10 years. Her diet and supplement protocol for dogs and cats with cancer has been recommended by veterinarians nationwide and can be used along with conventional treatments recommended by your veterinarian or veterinary oncologist. Many pet owners might not realize that many foods (even the highest-quality, grain-free, premium diets) are weakening the immune system. Dry food, for example, is made with starchy carbohydrates that convert to sugar — which studies show helps the cancer grow. It can be upsetting to realize that many pet foods contain ingredients that are worsening your pet's condition, but there is hope, as once the offending foods are eliminated, most pets show considerable improvement. When ordering supplements, please be sure to include the food and treats you are feeding your pet, along with any health issues, directly on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE diet tips for pets with cancer on the packing slip that comes with your order.
Why Use Ask Ariel Supplements To Help Your Dog With Osteosarcoma?
Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using supplements on their own health and now want the same for their pets. Our premium, natural pet supplements have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's remedies are selected based on quality, scientific research and proven results. A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) can give your pet much-needed immune support. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients, which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are veterinarian recommended nationwide.
"In February 2007, our precious Rottweiler, Wyatt, was diagnosed with bone cancer. The lesion was on his left front wrist. The life expectancy was 2 to 6 months so we set out to help make Wyatt comfortable. Amputation was not an option for him. We went to a cancer specialist and she suggested contacting Susan Davis at Ask Ariel for nutritional support.
Ask Ariel suggested a terrific, high protein, balanced diet for Wyatt and helped us with his ongoing care. It was thorough, detailed and fit into our lives. Ask Ariel was always there if I had questions. Susan Davis' knowledge and support were amazing.
Ch. Von Der Lors Wyatt Earp, CDX, RE, CGC, died on July 15, 2008. 17 MONTHS after his diagnoses and not from cancer. The cancer had progressed a bit, but still was contained in the area it had started. His oncologist said she could not ever remember seeing a dog do as well as Wyatt did without amputation. He walked 1/2 - 1 mile daily, swam often and had a full life up until 6 hours before we had to put him to sleep.
Wyatt was truly a miracle and Ask Ariel was part of that miracle. I know his diet and supplements played a huge part in his well being and beating the odds. We will always be grateful to Ask Ariel for helping Wyatt live life to the fullest. Every single day he found something joyful to do." - The Combs Family, CA
If you have questions about our supplements for bone cancer in dogs, 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 osteosarcoma, but please know that due to veterinary regulations, we cannot provide individualized consultative advice without a physical exam.
How long can dogs live with osteosarcoma?
The earlier the cancer is detected, the better chance your dog has at fighting the disease. If you notice any signs of canine osteosarcoma such as limping, a swelling or mass, please take your dog to the veterinarian right away. The average life span for a dog with bone cancer will depend on the spread of the disease and the treatments chosen. Dogs that have a limb amputation or limb-sparing surgery and receive chemotherapy can generally live for about 1-2 years. In some cases, dogs can survive 5-6 years after the initial diagnosis when they are treated with surgery and chemo. Dogs that receive palliative radiation and chemotherapy care with no surgical intervention have an average life expectancy of 6 months. Dogs that do not receive palliative therapy or surgery can generally expect to live for only a few months. Osteosarcoma is a very painful cancer, so it is important to provide your dog with natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory supplements to help keep them comfortable.
What are the first signs of osteosarcoma in dogs?
The first sign of osteosarcoma in dogs is usually lameness of the affected area. Dogs will start to limp and become painful to the touch. The tumors start deep within the bone, so the cancer can be fairly advanced before obvious symptoms appear. Other common signs of bone cancer in dogs may include: joint pain, swelling, loss of appetite and lethargy. In many cases, the pain seems to improve with the introduction of pain medications and anti-inflammatories, but often this relief is short-term. Using natural pain management supplements in conjunction with veterinary prescriptions can help provide relief without the risk of serious side effects.
How painful is osteosarcoma in dogs?
Osteosarcoma is a very painful cancer. The tumors destroy the healthy bone and cause bone destruction (osteolysis). As the bone becomes weaker, your dog will become less weight-bearing on the affected limb and at greater risk of fractures. Veterinarians usually prescribe multiple pain medications and NSAIDs to relieve the pain. Along with medications, natural pain relief supplements can help to reduce the pain and inflammation. Many natural supplements, like curcumin, fish oil and hemp extract, can be used in conjunction with most prescriptions from your vet.
How can I help my dog with osteosarcoma?
The standard veterinary treatments for canine osteosarcoma include surgery (amputation or limb-sparing surgery), radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments depending on where the tumor is located and if it has metastasized. Due to the aggressive nature of osteosarcoma, the most common veterinary approach is tumor removal or amputation. Most dogs feel relief once the painful tumor or limb is removed. If surgery is not an option, palliative care with chemotherapy or radiation may be elected to alleviate the pain and swelling. It is important to individualize the treatment to provide the best option for the dog. Using holistic treatments, along with conventional veterinary care, in the form of supplements and an osteosarcoma diet plan, can help to improve your dog’s quality of life and may extend survival time.