Understanding and Successfully Treating Cancer in Dogs 

Unfortunately, many types of cancer in dogs have been on the rise in recent years. There’s considered to be many contributing factors other than genetics including; exposure to pesticides and herbicides, complications with immunizations and improper dietary elements.

Different types of cancer are more serious than others, and some breeds are more predisposed to certain types of cancer. There’s been many advancements in medicine over the years, but many treatments are relatively new to dogs and are still considered inconclusive in many cases.

Diagnosis of many types of cancer in dogs is not diagnosed until later stages often after metastasis has occurred. This often makes for a poor prognosis with more serious types of cancer.

Treatments vary for the type of cancer, the degree of metastasis, location of the disease and the age and health of the dog. Some conventional treatments aim for complete remission, while the objective of many treatments is simply to extend and improve the quality of life.

Currently, conventional cancer treatments for dogs often consist of treatments that have shown to have some degree of success with humans and then have been adjusted to canines. Many types of canine cancer are found in humans, and some of the research and treatments have proven to be effective in treating canine cancer to some extent.

There are of course different factors that cause the development of cancers in dogs which can influence a different outcome with certain treatments. Also, some types of cancer such as hemangiosarcoma, are extremely rare in humans which means there is very little research on these types of cancer.

Recently, (Integrated and Comparative trials) has become more mainstream. This type of research essentially tests upcoming treatments for humans on dogs first rather than just rats, with the intention of advancing human treatments more rapidly. The added benefit is that there is a growing amount of data that can help dogs as well.

Conventional treatments at this time mostly consist of surgical removal of the tumor and a possible combination of chemotherapy, radiation as well as prescription pharmaceuticals. For some types of dog cancer, these treatments can prove to show positive results, but in the majority of cases where the metastasis has occurred, the prognosis is poor when using conventional treatments alone.


Holistic cancer treatments can refer to a wide range of practices including some that have practical and undeniable benefits, and others that are largely unfounded and have a low probability of effectiveness. As with ant type of treatment, it’s important to consider the source and research behind any treatments recommended.

Holistic approaches in their purest sense, tend to address a broader spectrum of treatment as well as a strong consideration for treating the patient and not just the disease. An  overarching philosophy of holistic treatment is that the body has the unique ability to heal itself and many treatments lean more on supporting and promoting health as apposed to simply fighting disease.

2013-11-20_blog_life_with_dogsIn many cases holistic cancer treatments can be combined with conventional treatments without any conflict, and often offer the highest chance of  of success. Many conventional treatments can challenge and stress the body in the attempt of eradicating the disease. So by boosting the immune system and organ functions with certain holistic treatments, the body is given needed assistance in the healing process.

Some holistic treatments can also help to dramatically reduce the chance of a relapse, as they often serve to address the underlying factors that initially led to the development to the disease, whereas conventional treatments solely focus on the disease.