Natural Treatment For Lymphoma in Dogs
Symptoms & Home Remedies
Has your dog been diagnosed with lymphoma? No pet owner wants to hear that their dog has cancer, but canine lymphoma is one of the most highly treatable cancers and most dogs respond very well to treatments. While there is no cure for lymphoma in dogs, a complementary treatment approach including conventional veterinary therapies (chemotherapy, radiation, steroids), diet changes and immune support supplements, can give your dog the support he needs to live well for a longer period of time. If your dog has symptoms of lymphoma, such as swollen lymph nodes, it is very important to see a veterinarian for diagnosis.
Holistic supplements can help support dogs that are fighting canine lymphoma. Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can reduce inflammation and boost immune function.
Symptoms of Lymphoma in Dogs
The first symptom a pet owner may notice is that the dog has swollen lymph nodes (appears like a large lump). Many dogs still may feel normal at this point. The swelling can be felt by touching beneath the dog's jaw or may be very apparent where the neck size becomes bigger. You might notice swelling in your dog's armpit, groin or legs. Depending upon the location of your dog's swollen lymph nodes, symptoms may vary. Your dog may have no symptoms, or the swollen lymph nodes can affect its ability to eat, swallow, walk or defecate. Dogs can get swollen lymph nodes for a variety of reasons, not just from lymphoma. Infections, allergic reactions, asthma and autoimmune disease can also cause a dog to have swollen lymph nodes. If you notice that your dog has any of these symptoms of lymphoma, then it is important to contact your veterinarian right away. Lymphocytes are the cells found in lymph nodes. As lymphocytes become cancerous, they travel to other lymph nodes and eventually spread to the spleen and bone marrow. When dealing with lymphoma in your dog’s swollen lymph nodes, home remedies and holistic treatment can help reduce the spread of the cancerous cells.
- Painless swelling of lymph nodes
- Lack of appetite
- Weight loss
What Is Lymphoma in Dogs?
Lymphoma is a common cancer in dogs and affects the lymphatic tissue. The lymph system is a core part of the immune system. It helps to rid the body of toxins and waste, thereby defending the body against infections. It is comprised of a network of lymphatic vessels that carry lymph (a clear, watery fluid that contains protein, salts, glucose and other substances) throughout the body. The lymphatic system also serves as a low-pressure drainage system that collects interstitial fluid throughout the body and returns it to the bloodstream.
Since lymphoma in dogs (also referred to as lymphosarcoma) is such a common cancer, a great deal of research and information is known about it. This means that veterinarians and veterinary oncologists will have more knowledge, experience and medications available than for other forms of canine cancer. Your dog's prognosis will vary depending upon the specific diagnosis and form of lymphoma. The five primary forms of lymphoma in dogs are cutaneous, extranodal, mediastinal, alimentary and multicentric. The most common form of lymphoma in dogs is multicentric. The easiest to identify early on is cutaneous. When a dog has cutaneous lymphoma, it will develop red lumps on the skin, which is where the cancer originates. Symptoms of cutaneous lymphoma include ulcers, nodules, hair loss, itching and scaling, and the dog may exhibit oral problems such as nodules or lesions on the lips and gums. In all forms of lymphoma, the most classic sign to watch for is swelling of a lymph node.
There are two grades of canine lymphoma. Low-grade or small-cell lymphoma progresses much slower than a large-cell or high-grade lymphoma. It is also important when considering prognosis to differentiate between the two subtypes of each canine lymphoma: B-cell and T-cell. B lymphocytes (or B-cells) produce antibodies and tell the immune system to destroy the pathogens. T lymphocytes (or T-cells) fight off viral infections and cancers. The majority of dogs are diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma. This type tends to respond favorably to conventional veterinary treatments. T-cell lymphoma tends to be more resistant to treatments.
Canine lymphoma can occur in any dog, but some breeds have a higher incidence: Boxers, Golden Retrievers, Saint Bernards, Basset hounds, Airedale terriers, Scottish terriers, German shepherds and bulldogs.
Unfortunately, there is not a cure for a dog with lymphoma, and the best course of action will depend on the type, stage and aggressiveness. Even though a cure is not possible, a dog with lymphoma can go into remission for a period of time with treatment. Chemotherapy is the most common treatment offered to canine lymphoma patients. Most dogs tolerate the chemotherapy very well, much better than humans. Even if you choose not to pursue chemotherapy, seeking the advice of a veterinary oncologist is recommended. This is because you can gain insight about different types of treatments and veterinary options for your dog with lymphoma from a cancer expert.
Regardless of what canine lymphoma treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, steroids, etc.) you pursue, feeding the best dog lymphoma diet and using home remedies for their immune support and anti-inflammatory properties can improve the quality of life for your beloved pet and, sometimes, the quantity of time as well. Research conducted at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital supports that high protein and lower carbohydrate diets, associated with higher levels of healthy fatty acids, including fish oil fatty acids in high dosages has shown statistically significant improvement in survival times in canine lymphoma patients.* We have worked with many canine lymphoma patients since 2005 and have found that pets that were provided with both conventional and canine lymphoma holistic treatments fared best.
*Reference: Cancer. 2000 Apr 15;88(8):1916-28.Effect of fish oil, arginine, and doxorubicin chemotherapy on remission and survival time for dogs with lymphoma: a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled study.
Home Remedies for Dogs With Lymphoma
Holistic remedies for canine lymphoma can provide additional support to slow cancer growth and help your dog's immune system stay as strong as possible. Ask Ariel offers the best supplements for lymphoma in dogs. Our canine lymphoma natural treatment protocol is based on Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis’s extensive experience offering holistic consultations at VCA hospitals in Southern California for over 10 years. Our home remedies for swollen lymph nodes and dog lymphoma diet can be used in conjunction with the conventional veterinary treatments prescribed by your veterinarian or veterinary oncologist. Natural supplements when used with conventional oncology treatment can support the body and help to manage side effects. While lymphosarcoma is one of the better types of cancer, it is still devastating to learn that your dog has been diagnosed. In may be surprising to learn that many dogs with lymphoma will outlive dogs with conditions such as kidney, heart, and liver disease. Our goal is to help you feed your dog the best diet and canine lymphoma supplements and give it the highest quality of life each and every day. We only recommend dog cancer supplements that have been used extensively (all of these products have been used successfully since 2005), are backed by science and have minimal if any reported side effects. We understand what you are going through and want to help you as best we can. If you have any questions about our natural treatments for swollen lymph nodes and other symptoms of canine lymphoma, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Amazing Omegas - This is the highest-quality purified fish oil available for pets. It is a powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids to help your dog fight cancer. The highly therapeutic amount of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation associated with dogs with lymphoma. Omega-3s are critical for immune and nervous system function. 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, and 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.
Resveratrol for Dogs - Resveratrol is an exceptional antioxidant backed by research and can help your dog in so many ways:
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 canine lymphoma 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.
Curcumin for Pets - This is a scientifically proven natural anti-inflammatory supplement for dogs with cancer. It contains a patented combination of three curcuminoids that act as free-radical scavengers. These cancer-fighting nutrients in this unique bioactive turmeric formula help pets prevent and fight cancer. Curcumin inhibits tumor growth and may help to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. 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.
Immune Harmony - This is a premium-quality, patented blend of plant sterols and antioxidants. This natural remedy for lymphosarcoma in dogs is a unique patented plant sterol supplement that’s tolerated well by even the smallest pets. When it comes to pet vitamins and supplements for lymphoma, Immune Harmony's benefits are unmatched. 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, and an essential fatty acid complex assists in the bioavailability of these health-promoting nutrients. Excellent value: One bottle lasts between two and four months depending upon the weight of your pet.
- 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). Very important if your pet is undergoing radiation.
- Energizing, promotes longevity. Excellent for senior dogs
What Is a Good Diet for a Dog With Lymphoma?
If you have a dog with lymphoma, chances are some diet changes are needed. By giving your dog the right nutritional tools to fight the cancer, you can help to maintain a healthy body weight and preserve muscle mass. Dogs with lymphoma need a low-carbohydrate, hypoallergenic diet to reduce inflammation. Ask Ariel Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis offered holistic diet consultations in conjunction with veterinarians at VCA hospitals and a leading Southern California veterinary oncology clinic for over 10 years. Her dog lymphoma diet and natural vitamins for dogs with lymphoma can be used along with conventional treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Many pet owners might not realize that even the highest-quality premium brands of dog food can contain ingredients that weaken their dog's immune system. Most dog foods are lacking in omega-3 fatty acids and natural enzymes and are not species-appropriate. Dry kibble, for example, is made with starchy carbohydrates such as tapioca, potatoes or rice that convert to sugar....which studies show helps the cancer grow. Please be sure to include the diet and treats you are feeding your dog on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE dog lymphoma diet tips on the packing slip that comes with your order.
Why Use Natural Supplements From Ask Ariel To Help Your Dog With Lymphoma?
Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using vitamins and supplements for 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 natural remedies for dogs with lymphoma 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.
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 out natural remedies for lymphoma, but please know that due to veterinary regulations, we cannot provide individualized consultative advice without a physical exam.
"Riley, my wonderful golden retriever and best friend, was diagnosed with canine lymphoma at 6 years old. He was given 6 months or less to live. Our oncologist gave me Susan Davis' card and the AskAriel website. Susan helped me change his diet and I gave Riley the suggested supplements for dogs with lymphoma. We did all this and amazingly he lived 18 more months! He tolerated the chemotherapy drugs extremely well and for a time even went into remission. The cancer clinic was so amazed by his progress they named him their "wonder dog" !
Thank you Susan for giving me those 18 months. They were filled with Riley feeling good, energetic and playful. We took long walks and runs by the beach and lots of fun play time and of course, lots of love. Riley and I never would have had this time if it were not for Susan's holistic cancer treatment for lymphoma which combined with the chemotherapy drugs, gave Riley good quality time." - Cheryl F, San Diego
Some Of The Products Riley Used: Resveratrol For Dogs, Power Probiotic, Soothing Digestive Relief, Amazing Omegas, Renelix