Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: The incidence of cancer is increasing in veterinary medicine. Any factor weakening the immune system may increase the likelihood of disease. Many purebred dogs are particularly susceptible to certain types of neoplasias; breakdown in the immune system is probably behind many cases. Exposures to toxins, genetic predisposition and other factors play a role.
Symptoms: The presenting signs can be varied depending on the organs involved.
Diagnostics: As needed based on presenting signs.
Special Notes: Natural treatments can be used with conventional chemotherapy, if desired, and can be helpful in combating some of the side effects (see the appropriate conditions for more detailed treatments—i.e. therapy for chronic vomiting).
Principles for Supplementation: Natural treatment involves a multifaceted approach supporting the immune system, cellular health and a wholesome diet.