DIET & VACCINE DANGERS
As your vet may already have told you, do not give this dog anything with sugar in it, no fruit, no crackers, no white bread - nothing with white flour as white flour changes to sugar in the body. Do not give potatoes because of the high amount of starch. Sugars will feed the cancer and allow it to grow faster according to some oncologists though others do not agree. I'd play it safe and not give them in case those who believe it feeds the cancer are correct.
A fresh food/home cooked diet is best. With extreme doses of omega3 fish oils. A heathy diet is critical in healing and preventing cancers.
Do not give this dog any yearly shots or the rabies shot as the vaccines may accelerate the growth of the cancer. Some dogs have actually come out of remission after getting the vaccines. We suggest you read our info and search the web on the dangers of vaccines. We will elaborate on this a bit more below.
A fantastic book on preventing and treating cancers in dogs is The Natural Vet's Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs- By Shawn Messonnier. I cannot recommend it enough. Everything you need to know is in this book.
A good cancer program consists of an all natural, supplement regimen that is effective in slowing/shrinking a number of canine cancers and getting quality of life for the cancer dog.
DO NOT give the cancer dog a rabies vaccine. DO NOT give the yearly vaccinations. Many vet oncologists have said that the vaccinations cause cells to replicate faster and that includes cancer cells. A number of lymphoma dogs actually came out of remission after getting vaccinations, and we’ve heard from many, many owners whose dogs were diagnosed with cancer right after getting vaccinations.
For healthy dogs, veterinarians are now recommending that dogs 5 years and older receive yearly vaccinations only once in three years rather than yearly. Though more and more studies find that after the series of puppy shots that are completed by 18 months - that a dog does have lifetime immunity. This follows studies in many of the major veterinary teaching hospitals that uncovered the link that vaccinations can cause auto-immune diseases. The only shots that are mandatory are rabies. Which has been proven to be effective for up to 7 years. However most states make it mandatory to do every 3 yrs. A cancer dog should NEVER had this shot. You can get permission to have it waved if your dog is sick.
Healthy dogs that are getting shots should receive vaccinations one at a time - and spaced one to two months apart --and ideally, never in the same year they receive the rabies vaccination.
So, for example, they would receive the distemper vaccination say in January, the parvo vaccination in March, etc. Or, if you really feel you want to give your dog vaccines, we urge you to run titers first to find out whether the dog needs shots that year or whether his body still has protection against the various canine diseases. Vets make money from shots so they push them. If you get a titer they will be happy cause that will make them money the same as getting the shots.
We suggest you thoroughly investigate online studies on the dangers of vaccinations.
Rabies should never be given to a dog when any other procedure is being done, even something as simple as a dental cleaning.
On the food you give the dog:
FRESH IS ALWAYS BEST!
Followed by DEHYDRATED (some brands include: Honest Kitchen; Addiction Foods; Sojo's; Dr Harvey's)
If you have a dog with cancer and insist on feeding kibbled food, buy BAKED (not extruded) as the nutrients in baked are more easily broken down by the body and put less stress on the kidneys. There are many good baked, HUMAN GRADE products on the market. See our food list and then call the company to find if it's baked or extruded.
However we urge all of you with sick pets to feed as much fresh product as possible.
For a cancer dog, I’d add steamed veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and/or spinach along with (free range) cooked chicken, cooked fish or cooked turkey.
Do not give red meat as cattle are fed steroids and antibiotics. DO NOT give the cancer dog anything with sugar or that turns to sugar in the body. So don’t give anything with white flour (such as bread, crackers, etc.). Do not give potatoes (heavy starch), carrots, corn, fruit (natural sugars).
There are many types of traditional treatments for cancer dogs, and they are specific to the type of cancer. It may need to be changed due to the type of cancer, the severity of the dog's current condition, the treatment/surgery the dog will be receiving or health issues other than cancer that the dog may have.
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This is the diet Julie used for her osteosarcoma dog. See what your own vet thinks about using some of the things on this diet for your dog.
I've heard of all kinds of diets for cancer dogs. The most difficult one is the one that I'm sending you. It's difficult in that it requires a lot to prepare it but I was impressed with the kind of time Julie was able to get for Jess by using it. Also, this diet was a compilation of information from a holistic vet and from a friend of Julie's who bought himself SEVEN YEARS after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Few survive longer than 6 months with an outside of one year because there is no treatment for pancreatic cancer in people.
I feel compelled to say, however, that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES would I give any dog of mine raw meat of any kind. Dogs can get diseases from raw meat, just as people can. I'd strongly advise that you cook any meat.
Jess weighed about 60 lbs. Julie put her on this diet and the cancer program I sent you. Her dog had osteo sarcoma in the sinus cavity with a large tumor above one eye. She managed to stop the sinus cancer and reduce the tumor above the eye for quite a long time. Overall, she got Jess 15 months of perfect quality of life which is excellent considering that the typical if you do chemo for an osteo sarcoma dog is 12 months. Of course now there is OPLA-Pt/radiation for nasal cancer and I'm wondering if an owner could extend the remission time significantly by using the cancer program and Julie's diet after doing the OPLA-Pt/radiation.
The thing in the diet that she felt reduced the tumor above Jess's eye was the hecla lava. Her holistic vet told her this is used particularly to stop the spread of cancer in the head, so it may do nothing for tumors elsewhere in the body.
The only good vet I've heard of who is holistic is in B.C. Canada - - just in case you're considering finding one. She will do consults through your vet. She is: Dr. Marlene Smith, 2311 Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay, B.C., Canada V9N 8R9. I don't have a phone number for her but I'm sure you can find one.
The reason I consider her to be worth the consult is that an owner who had an encephalitis dog told me this vet cured her dog of encephalitis. Actually she sent me the protocol used on her dog. She said her vet here in the U.S. knew Dr. Smith and did the consult with her because she felt Dr. Smith was good. Apparently so if she can cure canine encephalitis which another owner was told is impossible according to a vet at U.C. Davis.
The following is taken from Julie's email to us:
"Ok, basically the food deal is as little fat as possible, NO sugar (no fruit even, nothing, sugar feeds the cancer cells) and no chemicals. Nothing with white flour in it as white flour used in crackers, cookies, etc. turns to sugar in the body.
One day is organic meat (I tried to use chicken or turkey which must be soaked for 1-1/2 hours in FOOD GRADE hydrogen peroxide bought at the health food store. You can NOT reuse it once you have soaked the meat. The meat must be covered or you need to turn the meat to be sure both sides get about one hour.
Then you thoroughly rinse the meat under running water before using it for the dog), the next is 1/2 fresh veggies and 1/2 meat and the third is rice or millet with yogurt. There are two schools of thought in human macrobiotic cancer care. one says no dairy, the other is more lenient and, of course, this does not take into account the differences in physiology between humans and dogs.
Jess, however, did not do well on dairy, so we tended to be of the no dairy camp. It was hard to get Jess to eat plain rice or millet alone so we had one meat day, one meat and veggies day and one day with just a little meat and rice or millet. The veggies we used were carrots (though carrot juice is preferred by the vet), kale, spinach, broccosprouts, yams, and squash. To get all the supplements in we fed Jess twice a day. Sea Veggies are considered a MUST by both human and animal cancer specialists, soak them and cut them up real small so the dog won't notice. Get her to eat as much as possible. Jess got 3/4 to 1 cup a day. Buy them at the health food store where they are sold dried.
The other supplements that went into her food (divided up between two meals) were:
- 200 mg. COQ10
- 6 caps of burdock 400 mg
- Essiac (available at health food stores) Don't get the tea, she'll never drink it, get the essiac tonic, the stuff I used is made by a company called the Herbalist.
- 4 capsules of Maitake extract (This is Carol - I'd recommend that instead you use the Bio Beta Glucan Maitake liquid as it's more potent)
- Vitamin C 6000 to 10,000 mg. a day
- Pure omega 3 fish oil- no mercury brand. 10 caps twice daily
- with a vitamin e supplement once a week. Most vets recommend vit e daily 400mg.
You have to make the choice here. Green tea extract - adult dose on bottle (these formulas vary, get a strong one as possible. Flax oil (Omegaflo or like) - A tablespoon in each meal. Green food - Get at health food stores. Has spirulina, barley grass, etc. Give adult dose.
In addition to all this, she also got hecla lava, 6C dose 10-15 grains once daily. You can get this through a homeopathic vet. After I originally started with Jess, her tumor went down quickly.
I continued to give it to her when there was no visible sign of her tumor as a preventive. DON'T DO THIS! You really want to find a good homeopathic vet (as well as a good oncologist) in your area to monitor your dog's progress. In addition to all of this 3 times a day she got (on an empty stomach, one hour before meals) Noni juice (she liked this and it seemed to make her feel better), Intenzyme forte, IP-6 Adult dose, (available through Vitamins.com) is an immune system booster, and colostrum. I don't know that I thought the colostrum helped, by it has a lot of anecdotal support. (This is Carol again. I wouldn't use IP-6 or colostrum. I'd stick with the Immunocal instead. We got no good results using IP-6 on a few cancer dogs who tried it.)
I know this is a lot but I do know that what she ate made her feel better, and everyone commented on how well she was aging, not knowing she had cancer, so I do think it had an effect. Let me again stress that I think it's best to have an oncologist and homeopathic vet working together. With Jess, as with many nasal tumors, it was simply inoperable and this type of cancer (I was told) responds well only when surgery and chemo are used together."