Herbal Treatment of Dog Leukemia
There are a number of herbal supplements recommended as part of an alternative canine leukemia treatment plan including:
- Astragalus: This Chinese herbal remedy is used to strengthen the immune system to fight illness. Follow the directions for adult dosing.
- Cat's Claw: This herb is known for its immune-enhancing and cancer-fighting properties. It is believed by many to shrink tumors. Use the regular adult dose for large dogs, 1/2 the dose for medium dogs, and 1/4 dose for small dogs.
- Echinacea: This herb has long been used for its antibiotic properties. In dogs with cancer, it is used to stimulate the immune system to fight illness. Follow the directions for adult dosing.
- Milk Thistle: This herb helps to detoxify the liver. It is useful to help protect the body from the toxic effects of chemotherapy during traditional leukemia treatment. Follow the instructions for adult dosing.
- Pau D'Arco: This herb comes from South America. It is believed to reduce inflammation and fight cancer. Use the regular adult dose for large dogs, 1/2 the dose for medium dogs, and 1/4 dose for small dogs.
A good source for more information is PetAlive C-Caps Formula for Prevention and Treatment of Cancer in Pets.
Acupuncture is an alternative canine leukemia treatment that involves inserting very thin needles at certain points of the body in order to stimulate energy and healing. It is an ancient oriental practice and has been proven to be very effective. Your dog may need to be sedated during the acupuncture session, as he may find it difficult to lie still long enough; on the other hand, the session may be relaxing for him once he gets started and he may do fine with no sedation at all.
Acupuncture is useful in treating pain associated with cancer, side effects from cancer medications such as nausea, and for stimulating the immune system. You will need to find a vet who is certified in acupuncture, which may take a bit of searching on your part.
This is similar to acupuncture, only no needles are involved. Instead of inserting needles, the points are pressed gently but firmly. The advantage to this is that you can be taught to do it safely yourself.
Integrative Treatment of Cancer in Dogs
Clemmons, R.M. DVM
Buningh, Frances and Hambly, Paul