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| October 16, 2010

Cancer is any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division

Cancer is any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division

What is it?

Cancer is any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division.
If cancer occurs, it can often be treated very successfully. It is important to support the whole body during any treatment.


Cancer gives you no symptoms or signs that exclusively indicate the disease. However, you may notice a general deterioration in your pet’s health. It is important to get a diagnosis for cancer so that you know what you are dealing with. Your veterinarian can help you with this.

Palpable lumps & bumps, weight loss, appetite changes, sores that will not heal, persistent discharges, lethargy, difficulty breathing, painful urination or defecation, stiffness, soreness or just not feeling right are all possible symptoms of cancer.

What can be done?

A cancer diagnosis can be a frightening and upsetting experience, you may feel helpless and want to do anything in your power to improve your pets chances of survival. It is at times like this that is important to try to deal with the diagnosis calmly and consider all of your options. Some practitioners and websites may promise results and dissuade you from a conventional approach to cancer care. This may not be in your pets best interests. Often a combination of conventional and natural treatment is the best way forward using each to support and complement the other. Do not be afraid to look for answers and to get a second opinion but remember that conventional medicine has many years of research behind it. Fortunately for your pet, he or she has no concept of the diagnosis so they are spared some of the mental anguish however they are receptive to your mood and may be experiencing some trauma at your upset.

The first thing to do in the fight against cancer is to get a firm veterinary diagnosis with recommendations for treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery or a combination of them.

Lifestyle changes:

Holistic Treatments:
If cancer is one where conventional treatment cannot cure it or the side effects are a concern, or simply that you choose not to pursue a conventional course of action then there are some options to consider. The Natural Vet Company has consulted Sydney veterinarian, Dr Barbara Fougere to formulate a range of safe and easy to use products to best help your pet.

With malignant cancers, the goal is usually to prolong and enhance the quality of life. Natural Therapies can be used very very successfully in this area. If the cancer is the type that cannot be treated conventionally, if side effects are a concern, or if you have decided not to pursue a conventional treatment plan then we can help you with some natural options. The main goal being to support the body, reduce the impact of the cancer, and to keep your pet as happy and pain free as possible. Our cancer related products are only available as part of a consultation process – this is for a number of reasons – we do not want to encourage treatment of pets with cancer with an incorrect solution and in any way discourage conventional treatment without being aware of all the specific details of your pets condition. There are also a number of options available and it is important to receive guidance on the best combination of products for the specific case and to monitor their effectiveness once treatment begins.

A good diet is important to strengthen the immune system and minimise cancer growth. herbal medicine is the number one therapy for successful complementary treatment plan, acupuncture can reduce pain and improve energy. Homeopathic remedies can improve your pets quality of life by supporting the other forms of natural therapies. Gentle exercise is important and pain relief is a must (conventional or natural) if there is any pain to keep your pets spirit and energy up. Keep in mind some pets do not show that they are in pain even when they are.

We often see pets that are completely over medicated by well intentioned owners – they have read that a particular supplement or herb is good for a particular cancer and want to do everything possible to help their pet. The best formula however is one that is based on strategy and is balanced for your pets needs. As part of the consultation process we will suggest to you a number of supplements that may help, anti cancer diets (normally containing 60% meat / 40% veg) with recipes and a prescribed herbal formula tailored to your pets diagnosis. What is best for your pet may be just a few herbs or it may consist of many but it is really important that it be properly formulated and prescribed for your pet. We would never supply you with 3, 4, or 5 homeopathic or other treatments and 3 supplements – it just does not make sense medically or financially.

Do not give up hope – cancer does not necessarily mean death. Every animal and every cancer is unique- set yourself some goals and consider all of the information given to you. A combination of conventional and natural treatment is often the best course of action. Complementary treatments can reduce side effects and is also a good option if you decided not to treat especially in the case of a very poor prognosis. Complementary therapies can help keep your pet seeming healthy and pain free. If later when your companion cannot be kept comfortable or has a questionable quality of life then it is important that you recognise this and make the decision to let go. Often people say that they simply know inside themselves that their pet is tired and needs to rest.

Barbara devotes a chapter in her book to cancer and makes some recommendations as to possible treatment plans. We offer these combination formulas for sale on this site and if for any reason a consultation is not possible, you could try one of these as general tonics for your pet.

Conventional Treatments:
It may be in your interest to consult a veterinary oncologist – a specialist in animal cancers. Conventional treatment usually increases survival time. While The Natural Vet Company can offer you new and natural ways to improve your pet’s health, it is important not to disregard any of the advice that your regular veterinarian provides you with.

Lymphoma, osteosarcoma, malignant breast cancer, lung cancer, mast cell tumours and other forms of cancer can be treated in a humane way if they are caught early enough.

When you receive a diagnosis, it may be advisable to set a date for a second appointment with your vet to further discuss the available options once the news has sunk in. Take your time and get a second opinion if necessary. Do as much research as you can and perhaps ask some questions such as: Would it be helpful to get an oncologist to examine your pet? What is the life expectancy with and without treatment? What are the costs involved? What will your pets quality of life be with and without treatment? What side effects can be expected? What can I do to improve my pets quality of life? What other alternatives are available?

Consult one of our vets:
For more information and guidance feel free to contact The Natural Vet Company directly. You can sign up for a consultation using our online ordering system. One of the many trained veterinarians will be more than happy to guide you through a personalised treatment plan to ensure that your pet receives the best possible treatment. Another option is to post your question to our online forums where other members can perhaps help you with advice and guidance (please note: we do not have any control over the advice given in our forums). Please feel free to suggest a topic for a factsheet and we will be happy to put one online.


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