Cat and Dog Lung Cancer Remedies
What Is Lung Cancer?
Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of lung cancer in dogs and cats (accounting for 75% of cases). It can be a fast-growing malignant type of cancer, which can quickly spread to other parts of the body (including lymph nodes and the brain). It is usually found in older dogs and cats (average age about 10), and some breeds may be more predisposed than others (boxers have a higher risk rate). The cause is unknown at this time, but one thought is long-term exposure to toxins (second-hand smoke, toxic cleaning agents, etc.) could raise the risk.
Our natural lung cancer support for dogs and cats can help your pet to be more comfortable. Testimonials from our patients report that pets will have more energy and vitality and breathe easier. Coughing can be a large concern, so using supplements to support the heart and lungs is key. Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract helps to reduce inflammation and supports healthy immune function. Hemp oil contains a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. The ingredients in our professional veterinary strength oil are being researched for their ability to reduce metastasis and cancer growth in certain types of cancer. Immune Harmony is the number one choice for pets with cancer. The patented blend of plant sterols has been extensively researched for their anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and immunomodulatory properties. Immune Harmony also contains antioxidants to protect your pet from free-radical damage. Curcumin Complex For Pets contains a patented combination of three cancer-fighting curcuminoids. This natural anti-inflammatory supplement helps pets prevent and fight cancer.
Symptoms of Lung Cancer in Dogs and Cats
Some of the most common clinical symptoms of lung cancer are listed below. With many types of cancer, a pet will not show any outward signs that they are not feeling well. Subtle changes to appetite, mood and activity may signal that your cat or dog does not feel well. Symptoms of lung cancer may include:
Some cats and dogs with lung tumors may cough up blood (hemoptysis), have fever or pain, start to exhibit muscle wasting or have an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen (ascites). Using natural vitamins for lung cancer in dogs and cats can help to make your pet more comfortable by supporting lung function and reducing inflammation.
- Dyspnea (difficulty breathing)
- Tachypnea (rapid breathing)
- Exercise intolerance, low energy level and lethargy
- Poor appetite and gradual weight loss
What Are The Types Of Lung Cancer In Dogs & Cats?
There are two types of lung cancer diagnosed in dogs and cats. The first is primary lung cancer in which the tumors originate in the lung tissue. Lung tumors are quite rare in dogs, accounting for only 1% of all canine cancers diagnosed. They are even less common in cats. The second type of lung cancer is metastatic lung cancer which is cancer that has spread from other locations via the blood or lymph system. This type of lung cancer is much more common in pets. Most lung cancer is diagnosed in older pets, generally between the ages of 10-12 years.
Most primary lung tumors are a type of cancer called a carcinoma. Adenocarcinoma accounts for about 75% of all primary lung tumors in dogs. Adenocarcinomas can grow quickly and metastasize (spread) to organs, bones, and lymph nodes. Certain dog breeds appear to be predisposed to pulmonary carcinomas: Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Australian Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Irish Setters. Persian cats also have a higher rate of primary lung tumors than other cat breeds. Surgery to remove the lung tumor and surrounding lung tissue or lung lobe is the recommended treatment in most cases. If the tumors have spread to multiple lung lobes or the lymph nodes, chemotherapy is generally suggested as an alternative to surgery.
Pets with metastatic lung disease generally show symptoms similar to primary lung tumors, except that coughing is less common. Metastatic lung tumors have been brought to the lungs from a cancerous tumor somewhere else in the body; spread from osteosarcoma and lymphoma is common in dogs and cats. Unfortunately, metastasis to the lungs generally occurs late in the clinical course of cancer and as many as 45% of dogs have tumors that are too small to be seen on x-rays. While primary lung tumors are usually a single mass, metastatic tumors tend to appear in masses.
Lifestyle Changes Can Help Cats & Dogs With Lung Cancer
A comprehensive approach to treating lung cancer will provide the most relief for your pet. Check with your veterinarian or oncologist about combining natural supplements with any medications and treatments (radiation or chemotherapy) prescribed by them. Using holistic vitamins in combination with diet changes can help strengthen your dog or cat's immune system. A few lifestyle changes can also help to lessen the severity of some lung cancer symptoms:
- Maintain a healthy weight. When your pet becomes overweight, it takes more energy to breathe. This pressure in the lungs can aggravate the inflamed tissue and cause coughing and difficulty breathing. Substituting green vegetables for some of the food in your dog's meals is an excellent way to help your dog lose weight. They help your pet feel more satisfied and offer a low calorie, nutritious source of bulk food. Long, slow walks are very helpful for pets with lung cancer. They help to keep your dog active and may help to prevent lethargy and muscle wasting.
- Avoid airborne irritants. Cigarette smoke, dust, and strong fragrances can promote coughing. As with people, second-hand exposure to cigarette smoke has also been linked to the development of lung tumors in dogs and cats. Dogs living inside homes with smokers have a 60% risk for developing lung cancer. Another possible risk factor is living in environments high in pollutants. Brachycephalic breeds with their flat noses are also at greater risk, due to less filtering in their nasal passages. By keeping the windows closed and by running an air conditioner or air purifier, you can minimize respiratory distress.
Natural Treatments for Lung Cancer in Dogs and Cats
These home remedies for dog and cat lung cancer support have been used successfully by our Pet Nutritionist in veterinary hospitals to help pets with lung cancer. Pet Nutritionist Susan Davis has extensive experience helping pets with lung cancer, 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. Our holistic supplements for lung cancer in pets are recommended by veterinarians nationwide. Our supplements for canine lung cancer and feline lung cancer can be used in conjunction with the conventional veterinary treatments prescribed by your veterinarian or veterinary oncologist.
Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract for Dogs is a professional veterinary strength oil that 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 lung 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 1oz bottle contains 550mg of full-spectrum hemp extract in an unflavored all-natural coconut-oil base. It’s 100% organic and made in the USA.
Immune Harmony is a premium-quality, patented blend of plant sterols and antioxidants. It’s the number one choice for pets with cancer. It’s a unique patented plant sterol supplement and 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, anticancer and immunomodulatory properties. No known toxicity has been found. The antioxidants protect the body from free-radical damage, and an essential fatty acid complex assists in the bioavailability of these health-promoting nutrients. It’s an excellent value: One bottle lasts between two and four months depending upon the weight of your pet. When looking for supplements for canine or feline lung cancer, Immune Harmony is the first line of defense.
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 in this unique bioactive turmeric formula help pets prevent and fight cancer. Curcumin for Pets absorbs best when digested with fat, especially omega-3 fatty acids (found in 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.
"My dog Marco was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. I used a number of immune support supplements from Ask Ariel such as Resveratrol for Dogs, Curcumin For Pets, Amazing Omegas, Immune Harmony, Power Probiotic and a few others. One of his symptoms prior to using the supplements was his constant coughing. We previously had tried some coughing medication from the veterinarian and Marco was still coughing. But after using the supplements, his coughing improved so much. Thank you so much for helping Marco feel better!" - Karen, Orange County, CA
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, and all toxins and heavy metals have been carefully removed. Compare the nutrient panel of this premium pet fish oil to all other brands and see the difference.
Resveratrol for Dogs is an exceptional antioxidant, backed by research, and 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 and 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. Considering just these benefits, you can already see how Resveratrol provides excellent natural lung cancer support for dogs and cats.
- Cardio-Protective (excellent for breeds prone to heart issues, such as Cavalier King Charles spaniels, poodles and dachshunds). Its use is very important if your pet is undergoing radiation.
- Energizing, Promotes Longevity (excellent for senior dogs)
Purrfect Pet CoQ10 - Give your pet support on a cellular level. Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant found in all cells that helps to facilitate enzyme activity and energy production and helps to maintain healthy heart function and respiration. Purrfect Pet CoQ10 can increase tissue oxygenation and help to ease lung inflammation. Experts recommend CoQ10 for lung health supplementation.
QuentaSAN Anti-Viral Formula is a natural homeopathic formula that fights viruses and infection, especially targeting the lung and upper respiratory system. Tumors in the lungs can make pets more susceptible to infection. Using QuentaSAN can support immunity in lung cancer patients, reducing respiratory symptoms such as coughing and wheezing.
The Best Diet for Cats and Dogs With Lung Cancer
For best results, lung cancer in dogs and cats holistic support needs to address your pet’s diet. Pets with cancer need a special cancer diet that supports a healthy immune system and reduces inflammation. Our Ask Ariel 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 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.
If you have questions about our vitamins for lung cancer in dogs and cats, 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 lung cancer, but please know that due to veterinary regulations, we cannot provide individualized consultative advice without a physical exam.