Herbs for Cancer in Dogs

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Herbs for Cancer in Dogs


Being told that your dog has cancer is of course heart-wrenching, but it doesn't have to be all gloom and doom.

Don't give up easily! Be proactive. Make it your mission to find out as much as possible about your dog's condition, and the treatments that are available out there. You may realize that there are more options than you think.

With options come hope. Have faith. Believe in miracles.


Immune System and Dog Cancer

Many holistic healers believe that the answer to cancer lies in the immune system.

The importance of boosting your pet's compromised immune system is now being recognized as essential in slowing down the spread of cancer cells to the surrounding tissue.

In this regard, herbs for cancer can play a vital role in boosting your dog's immune system and major body organs.

Herbs that strengthen the immune system and support major waste-removing organs (the liver, kidneys and lymphatic systems) are especially useful in fighting cancer.

Using Herbs to Help Fight Cancer in Dogs

Conventional cancer treatments using chemotherapy and radiation may be effective in getting rid of cancerous tumors.

However, such treatments can sometimes be harsh and tough on your dog because they can greatly compromise the proper functioning of the immune system.

Here is the good news: herbs can be used safely, without intervention, in conjunction with conventional treatments to fight cancer.

(There is one exception. According to Dr. Dharmananda, Director of Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, St. John's Wort is the only herb that has been implicated in a potential adverse effect on chemotherapy.)

There are various kinds of herbs that can be used to help dogs with cancer. Some can be used to boost the immune system, and some can be used to actually slow down the growth of cancer cells. Let's take a closer look.

Safe Herbs to Boost the Immune System

Below are two herbal products that, when used together, can produce quite dramatic results in dogs with cancer. In particular, many anecdotal reports show that dogs on these two herbal remedies can live longer and with better quality of life.

Ave Ultra Fermented Wheat Germ

This is a 100% natural product made from a form of fermented wheat germ which has been found to be able to induce apoptosis (programmed death of cancer cells), after the first 24 hours of use. It also has anti-inflammatory functions and supports detoxification, helping the dog's body to get rid of the dead cancer cells and any toxins formed in the process of apoptosis.

Use the following dosage for dogs:

  • Less than 25 pounds - 1/4 packet/day
  • 25-50 pounds - 1/2 packet/day
  • over 50 pounds - 1 packet/day.

Suggested schedule is to administer this product for 60 days, then for 30 days every 3 months for the remainder of your dog's life.

NOTE: Vitamin C has been shown to negate the effects of this supplement. Make sure your dog is not getting any Vitamin C while on the supplement.


AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound) is produced by combining a number of mushroom extracts. It works by boosting the activity of natural killer cells by up to 300%. Get a product especially made for dogs such as American BioSciences NK 9 AHCC Immune System Support For Dogs. Follow the suggested dosage on the label.

Use AHCC together with Ave Ultra Fermented Wheat Germ for synergistic effects.

Other Immune-Boosting Herbs

There are quite a few other herbs that support and enhance a weakened immune system. For example:

  • Astragalus: This herb is an immuno-stimulant. It can be used to boost your dog's immune system. In addition, it has been found that astragalus contains an alkaloid that inhibits the spread of melanoma, a skin cancer.
  • Garlic: Garlic has a lot of sulphur-containing compounds (thus the strong smell!). These compounds are helpful in enhancing the immune system. It has also been shown that garlic stimulates the growth of beneficial cells.
  • Green tea: Green tea has been found to be effective in boosting and stimulating the immune system. It is also an antioxidant and astringent and has been shown to be an effective herb for cancer (especially for some kind of stomach and skin cancers).
  • Mushrooms (e.g. Reishi, Shiitake, Maitake, Turkey tail): Mushrooms, especially reishi, has been used for many years in China and Japan as herbs for cancer prevention and treatment in people. Recent research has found that these mushrooms can enhance the immune system, due to their high levels of polysaccharides and their effect on white blood cells.

    In addition, these mushrooms have been found to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and antioxidant properties.

    The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School conducted research on the use of the herb Turkey tail to help dogs with hemangiosarcoma with positive results. Read more here.

  • Mistletoe: Mistletoe is being used in Asia and Europe for a wide range of health conditions in people, including regulating blood pressure and enhancing the immune system. Also, in Europe, this herb is commonly used to treat cancer.
  • Cat's Claw: This Peruvian herb has recently been found to possess not only immune enhancing properties, but also antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties.

Essiac Tea for Dogs with Cancer

Perhaps you have heard of "Essiac" or Essiac Tea. It is an herbal cancer therapy originally developed by a Canadian nurse, R. Caisse.

It contains four herbs: burdock root, slippery elm, sorrel, and Turkey/Chinese rhubarb root.

A lot of people claim that Essiac is effective against cancer, and there are also quite a few dog parents who have successfully used Essiac to treat their dogs with cancer.

There are a few Essiac tea products for pets, but these two below stand out with a lot of positive comments and success stories from dog parents who have tried them.

Click on the links below to find out more:

Other Useful Herbs for Cancer In Dogs

Herbs for Cancer in Dogs Below are other useful herbs for cancer which can be used to help support and strengthen various organ functions (e.g. liver functions, lymphatic functions, etc.) in the dog's body.

By strengthening these organs and supporting their functions, the overall immunity will be improved and the dog will have more energy and vitality and will be more physically able to fight the cancer.

  • Red clover: Red clover has been hailed as "the" herb for cancer by many herbalists. The herb has tumor-inhibiting properties and strengthens lymphatic functions (crucial in cleansing cell tissues).
  • Burdock root: Burdock root supports and stimulates the liver, therefore facilitates waste and toxic removal from the body. It is also a very safe herb for prolonged use.
  • Alfalfa: Alfalfa has been found to reduce the risk of cancerous growths and is therefore considered a good herb for cancer prevention.
  • Dandelion: Dandelion is a diuretic herb that helps waste removal via the kidneys and urinary tract. It also improves digestion and removal of waste by providing gentle stimulation to the liver.
  • Milk Thistle: Milk thistle is a liver-supporting herb. It can protect the liver against harmful by-products of the cancer. Studies have found that milk thistle is effective in protecting the body from liver damage resulting from chemotherapy.
  • Ginger: In a study conducted in Malaysia, it was found that ginger effectively blocked the promotion of cancerous tumors.
  • Turmeric: In the same Malaysian study, it was also found that turmeric extracts completely inhibited further growth of the cancer cells in the colon. (British Journal of Cancer, Vol. 80, No. 1/2, April 1999, pp. 110-16.)

    In fact, turmeric is now being hailed as a useful herb for treating colon cancer in people. There has not been much research done on dogs. But knowing what we know about the anti-cancerous and antioxidant power of turmeric, many holistic vets have included this herb as one of the many useful herbs for cancer in dogs as well.

    Since ginger and turmeric are safe tonic herbs, these herbs can also be fed to our pets for cancer prevention.

  • CBD Hemp Oil: While continuous research is still being done on the effectiveness of hemp oil to help treat cancer, anecdotal reports are promising. Hemp oil may reduce pain associated with cancer, strengthen the immune system, and reduce cancer cell growth.

Other Good Herbal Products For Canine Cancer


Excellent Herbal Products

Here are some natural herbal products that many dog parents have used and found good results:

This formula contains herbs such as milk thistle and ginger, as well as immune-boosting and cancer-fighting mushrooms (reishi, maitake, turkey tail). This powerful combination of herbs and mushrooms has an synergistic immune-boosting effect on dogs who are weakened by chronic diseases such as cancer or allergies.

Another powerful blend of herbs (mushrooms) with antioxidant vitamins that can synergistically boost the immune system. This formula seems to be extremely effective in canine cancer treatment.

This herbal product is made from Turkey tail mushroom (Coreoulus Versicor) extract and has been found to be an effective treatment for hemangiosarcoma.

Herbs for Canine Cancer

M.L. Wulff-Tilford and G.L. Tilford, Herbs for Pets (Bowtie Press, 1999).
R. Kidd, Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care (Storey Publishing, 2000).
S. Eisen, Dog Cancer: The Holistic Answer (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010).
M. Goldstein, The Nature of Animal Healing (Ballantine Books, 2000).
S. Messonnier, The Natural Vet's Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs (New World Library, 2006).

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