How to Detect Pet Cancer

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According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Company over 48,000 claims were received last year, making pet cancer related claims the fourth most common pet medical claim for 2011.

VPI in partnership with the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) recognize November as National Pet Cancer Awareness month. In addition they are hosting the sixth annual Pet Cancer Awareness Walk in Long Beach California on November 11, 2012 to raise funds for pet cancer research.

For pet owners interested in helping, VPI will match Facebook Likes by donating one dollar for each new Facebook “Like” up to ten thousand dollars. So far VPI has raised over 100 thousand dollars to help support pet cancer research.

Today, pet cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs and cats, with Lymphosarcoma which is also referred to as Lymphoma leading the way. The remaining types of pet cancer most prevalent in dogs and cats are listed below in order of prevalence.

  1. Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma
  2. Skin Cancer
  3. Spleen Cancer
  4. Bone and Joint Cancer
  5. Liver Cancer
  6. Chest Cancer
  7. Urinary Bladder Cancer
  8. Brain and Spinal Cord Cancer
  9. Mouth Cancer
  10. Abdominal Cavity) Cancer

With respect to Lymphoma cancer, it ranks first in prevalence and cost. The average financial burden paid by pet owners to treat Lymphosarcoma averaged just under $2500.00 per pet. Policy owners shelled out over 17 million dollars to treat the top 10 types of pet cancer.

Recognizing signs of pet cancer can be very helpful for pet owners as the sooner cancer is detected, the quicker a treatment protocol can be initiated which increases the odds for a successful outcome.

What are signs of Pet Cancer?

1. Any lump that increases in size, ulcerates and /or bleeds

2. Open sores that do not heal normally

3. Severe and abrupt appetite changes

4. Dramatic weight loss in a short time span

5. Bleeding and/or discharges from any bodily orifice

6. Trouble eating and/or swallowing

7. Extreme lethargy with sudden exercise intolerance

Always check with your veterinarian any time your pet isn’t doing well.

Remember an ounce of prevention is worth far more than a pound of cure, especially when your pet’s health is at risk!

About Dr. Carol

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat, a published author and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She welcomes new canine and feline patients. Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions and makes homemade pet diets by phone and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

Bookmark www.carolonpets.com for the latest pet health news, anti-aging tips and updates for your dogs and cats

 

Dog Cancer: Diagnostics & Natural Therapies

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Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs. Over half of all dogs over ten years old die of cancer and the incidence is increasing at an explosive rate. Tumor is an alternative term for cancer which is defined as an uncontrolled overgrowth of cells.

Tumors can be benign if the cell growth is restricted to a local area, like a mole. Cancers are called ‘malignant‘ when the cell growth is invasive. These tumors can spread throughout your dog’s body and are ultimately capable of causing death.

Any lump or bump you find on your dog should be examined by your vet as soon as possible. Lumps that grow fast, change size or shape, ooze or break open, are hard, firmly attached to your dog’s body or have an unusual color are all causes for concern.

WHAT YOUR VET CAN DO

Dog Cancer Diagnostics may include a cytology which involves using a needle to withdraw a few cells from the lump. Examination under the microscope confirms whether a lump is benign or malignant. Malignant tumors should be biopsied. In a biopsy, a small piece of tissue is removed and examined under the microscope. This provides a definite, exact diagnosis.

Once the exact type of cancer is known, the most appropriate treatment can then be determined. Benign tumors should be monitored once or twice a year because occasionally they can become malignant.

Tomography is a procedure available for pets which is able to detect many types of cancer in Stage I or at its earliest onset. Over 90 percent of all cancer in people and pets can be cured with detection in Stage I.

Dog Cancer specialists, called oncologists, offer treatment options for pets similar to those available for people. These include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

New cancer treatments include phototherapy, hyperthermia, and cryosurgery. Immunotherapy involves using various medications to stimulate the immune system.

The best treatment will depend on the type of tumor, the extent of its development and the health status of the dog. If cancer is detected early, treatment options are greater, as is the chance for recovery.

The most common sites for tumors to develop in dogs are the skin, mouth, mammary glands, and lymph nodes.

COMPLEMENTARY DOG CANCER TREATMENTS

HERBAL DOG CANCER REMEDIES

Herbal immune stimulation is often used in conjunction with conventional cancer therapy. Therapeutic nutrition involves using cancer-fighting diets. These anti-cancer diets are made using low levels of carbohydrates with increased levels of fats and high-quality proteins.

Cancer cells use carbohydrates to grow so the low carbohydrates are geared to slow their rate of growth.

Cancer therapy may not be appropriate for every pet or family but it is helpful to minimize discomfort and improve the quality of life during a pets final months.

Cancer treatment prolongs life on average from 6 months up to two or more years.

Thinking in animal years, as opposed to human years, two years for a canine is the equivalent of 14 years for us.

About Dr. Carol

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She welcomes new canine and feline patients. Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions by phone and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

Bookmark www.carolonpets.com for the latest pet health news, anti-aging tips and updates for your dogs and cats

 

Massage Therapy Benefits Pet Cancer

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Complementing Pet Cancer Treatment with Massage Therapy

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and the subsequent treatment process can take both a physical and an emotional toll on a pet just as it does on a person.   While the actual cancer treatment can include medication, massage therapy can be used to help your pet deal with the side-effects of the entire process, from pain and fatigue to stress and other physical and emotional reactions.  Often referred to a complementary or alternative medicine, massage therapy can offer cancer pet patients many benefits, similar to those for people.

The American Cancer Society, provides some of the benefits touted by supporters and proponents of massage therapy for cancer patients.  These include increased relaxation, reduction of anxiety and stress, a temporary increase in the feeling of overall well-being, muscle relaxation, relief from pain and stiffness, increased flexibility and mobility and even faster recovery from fatigue.

However, it is also clearly pointed out that massage therapy should be used only as complementary treatment and that there are no studies to support that it slows down or reverses the development of cancer.  It is also important that the cancer patient’s veterinary medical team is aware of the massage therapy and that only trained massage therapists give the massage.

Massage therapy is also promoted by the National Cancer Institute as part of their suggested “Physical, Integrative, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Psychosocial Interventions” to help patients deal with pain management when undergoing cancer treatment.

Clinical studies have began to show that massage therapy can actually increase the body’s release of endorphins, stimulate blood flow, and reduce the feeling of pain with the reduction of cortisol levels and the increase of serotonin and dopamine levels.  It might even positively impact the effects of pain medications and reduce inflammation and swelling.

Wake-Forest Health offers a  summary entitled, “Possible Massage Therapy Benefits for Individuals with Cancer”, listing the many different benefits cancer patients suffering from mesothelioma, breast cancer or lung cancer, for example, might receive from adding massage therapy as a complementary treatment.

Their information compiled from different studies and articles published since 2000, includes decrease in nausea, fatigue, depression, anxiety, stress and pain.  Overall increase in quality of life, including generally feeling better, both emotionally and physically, and coping better with the disease, as well as an increase in the functioning of the immune system are also listed as benefits.

The NYU Langone Medical Center’s Massage Therapy page discusses the research behind massage therapy’s value and the difficulty in designing studies that can truly evaluate the effects of massage therapy. However, it does present the arguments made by supporters of massage therapy, which include that it fulfills a human’s or a pet’s basic instinct to feel connected via touch.

Human cancer patients receiving massage therapy have reported a reduction in pain and increased relaxation immediately after the massage but studies have yet to be made to show if these benefits are sustained for long periods after the massage has ended.

Though further studies need to be made about the impact of massage therapy on cancer patients, the patients themselves seem to observe positive effects on their physical and mental well being when including massage therapy as part of their treatment plans.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and give your pets body, mind and spirit a treat and a little vacation from life’s turmoil’s and get yourself and your pet a rewarding massage!

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat and a practicing holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She welcomes new canine and feline patients.

Dr. Carol also offers pet health consultations and answers pet health questions by phone and e-mail for her online pet loving community.

Pet owners may contact Dr. Carol directly at her veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for their dog(s) and/or cat(s) today.

 

Pet Vitamin Supplements Help Prevent Pet Cancer

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According to the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University (CSU), cancer is the number one cause of death in pets. Over 50% of dogs and cats age 10 and older die from cancer.

 90% of Golden Retrievers diagnosed with cancer die, regardless of the therapy implemented. Recent studies indicate that nearly 80 % of owners with pets diagnosed with cancer use some type of complementary and/or alternative medical (CAM) therapy, with nutritional supplements ranking first.

 The goal in treating neoplasia in all cases is complete and permanent remission. Unfortunately, for the vast majority, complete remission is never achieved regardless of which modality, or combination of traditional and/or alternative is instituted.

 A recently published study showed that traditional chemotherapy results over the last 15 years have increased long term survival rates for less than 3% of pet cancer cases.

 In this author’s experience, pet cancer patients receiving both conventional and alternative therapies as well as those receiving nutritional therapy alone, seem to experience better survival rates, longer durations of remission and enhanced quality of life versus those utilizing traditional chemotherapy and/or radiation protocols alone.

 It is important to understand that different types of cancer require different strategies for treatment. In addition, certain therapeutic protocols have been documented to facilitate synergy which has proven to be beneficial for pet cancer patients. Because research and published data relative to cancer therapies in Veterinary Medicine, are lacking, practitioners, for the most part, must rely on human and lab animals studies as well as clinical observation, when approaching the small animal cancer patient.

 Although mainstream veterinarians remain reluctant to embrace natural cancer therapies, suffice it to say that the evidence in support of nutritional therapies is currently strong enough to recommend their use in most pet cancer cases in this author’s opinion.

 Today, nutritional therapy’s most promising role is as a mechanism to help prevent cancer. Interventional studies in humans and animals to determine the treatment value of these “adjuvant therapies” are currently ongoing; funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute.

 

Dr.Carol Osborne, DVM

Pet Cancer: Explosive Growth Rates in Dogs & Cats

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What is responsible for the recent surge of pet cancer rates in dogs and cats? What major factors in diet and environment have changed over the last several years that may be the culprits? What can pet owners do to protect their dogs and cats from the ravages of cancer?

Certainly the increase in pollution and pesticides play an important role in increasing pet cancer rates, although other significant factors responsible for the recent surge in pet cancer rates must be also explored. According to a recently published study, spaying female dogs prior to 4 years of age reduces healthy pet life spans by 30 percent. Therefore, female dogs spayed prior to age 4 will have their lives shortened by nearly one-third!

In addition, as opposed to what most veterinarians, including myself, were taught in Veterinary Medical School, spaying and neutering dogs and cats at young ages does not promote pet health. Instead, sterilization at a young age actually reduces the quality and length of pets lives and INCREASES the incidence of several types of cancer in dogs and cats. Published data cites multiple types of cancer, including bone cancer, or osteosarcoma, and reproductive-related cancers, whose incidence increases in pets as a result of being spayed or neutered at young ages.

Another factor involved in the increased pet cancer incidence according to this veterinarian’s research is diet and pet nutrition – or what you place in the food bowl for your dog and/or cat each day. Unfortunately, today’s the food chain for people and pets not only lacks proper safety regulations but is also subject to “modification”.  GMO’s are GeneticallyModified Organisms used by companies like Monsanto to promote the growth of “super seeds” including soy, corn, and alfalfa. (It is noteworthy that Monsanto owns 30% of the world’s supply of the later three crops.) Monsanto was also responsible for the chemical called “Agent Orange” which affected hundreds of thousands of people and resulted in birth defects, auto-immune disorders, cancer, and death. Monsanto’s current popular agricultural pesticide product called “Roundup” contains the active ingredient “Glyphosate” which,once again, is highly toxic. When Roundup is sprayed on the GMO seeds and crops not only are the crops contaminated but the soil, land, pastures and fields are also damaged on a long-term basis.

What is the result? The result is permanent DNA damage and genetic mutations in the individuals ultimately consuming these food products. The resultant genetic damage and its relationship to our increased cancer incidence are topics of great concern for this veterinarian. In fact, not only do over a million cattle die annually from grazing these genetically modified “toxic” plants, one published study reveals development of various auto-immune disorders including “Lupus-Like” syndromes in animals consuming raw GMO alfalfa seeds. One has to wonder as to the true health benefits that health conscious individuals blending alfalfa drinks, for example, actually experience on a long-term basis.
What future health consequences will the animals being fed fresh alfalfa experience? One must ponder this question with knowledge of the fact that the FDA is currently attempting to ban labels from revealing whether or not a particular food product contains GMO’s.
What’s worse is that one of the board members of Monsanto was recently appointed to a prominent position in the EPA! The recent refusal by the Haitian peasants of Monsanto’s “gift” of tons of GMO seeds is a true eye-opener as it reveals the fact that even these poor people suffering from environmental devastation would rather starve to death than be subject to the health consequences of GMO’s.
Our water supply is also an important link to cancer. Currently the FDA has guidelines for “allowable levels” of highly toxic, cancer causing chemicals in our drinking water including: mercury, cadmium, lead, and arsenic to name a few. Providing pets with distilled drinking water is one way to help circumvent this issue.
In conclusion, health conscious pet owners attempting to offer their dogs and cats the very best and avoid cancer might consider these Top 10 Pet Cancer Prevention Guidelines:

  • Feed pets home-made meals and avoid commercial pet food and commercial pet treats. If home cooking is not an option, buy organic pet food that has not been recalled by the FDA.
  • Provide pets with distilled drinking water and avoid bottled, spring, and tap water.
  • Keep pet vaccinations to a minimum. Vaccinate puppies and kittens with 2 initial boosters for the major viral diseases and rabies. Repeat vaccines once every three years. Check antibody titers to validate vaccine adequacy.
  • Spay and neuter pets after age 4.
  • Provide an all-natural, USA made, comprehensive vitamin, mineral and antioxidant supplement daily to balance home-made pet meals.
  • Maintain pets with a lean body weight and avoid obesity.
  • Pet exercise is a must! Exercise at least 20 minutes daily with dogs and provide indoor cats with at least four, 10 minute play sessions each day.
  • Visit your veterinarian at least once a year. Senior pets (age seven and older) should have veterinary checks twice a year or at 6 month intervals.
  • Partner up with your vet and work together as a team. Institute “pro-active” preventative pet health care measures for your dogs and cats.
  • Relax, use common sense, have fun and enjoy your cherished 4-legged companions every day.

Holistic veterinarian and pet health researcher,  Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM., is available for pet health questions and pet health consultations for dogs and/ or cats.

Contact Dr. Carol’s veterinary office toll free at 1-866-372-2765 to make an appointment for your dog and/or cat today.

 

 

Pet Cancer: Vitamins & Supplements Prove Helpful!

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The Role Pet Nutritional Supplements Play in the Treatment and Management

Of  Pet Cancer Therapy for Dogs and Cats

Statistics run by the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University (CSU), document the fact that cancer is the number one cause of death in pets. Over 50% of dogs and cats age 10 and older die from cancer.

90% of Golden Retrievers diagnosed with cancer die, regardless of the therapy given.

Recent studies indicate that nearly 80 % of dog and cat owners with pets diagnosed with cancer use some type of complementary and/or alternative medical (CAM) therapy, with pet nutritional supplements ranking first.

The goal in treating pet cancer in all cases is complete and permanent remission. Unfortunately, for the vast majority, complete remission of cancer in dogs and cats is never achieved regardless of which modality, or combination of traditional and/or alternative is instituted.

A recently published study showed that traditional chemotherapy results over the last 15 years have increased long term survival rates for less than 3% of pet cancer cases.

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Pet Cancer Rates Surging!

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What is responsible for the recent surge of pet cancer rates in dogs and cats?  What are the major factors that have changed over the last several years that may be the culprits? What can pet owners do to protect their dogs and cats?

Certainly the increase in pollution and pesticides play an important role, although other significant factors responsible for the recent surge in pet cancer rates must be also explored.

According to a recently published study, spaying female dogs prior to 4 years of age, reduces healthy pet life spans by 30%.

Therefore female dogs spayed prior to age 4 will have their lives shortened by nearly 1/3!

In addition, as opposed to what most veterinarians, including myself were taught in Veterinary Medical School, spaying and neutering dogs and cats at young ages, does not promote pet health.

It reduces the quality and length of pet lives and actually INCREASES the incidence of several types of  cancer in dogs and cats.

Published data cites multiple types of cancer, including bone cancer, or Osteosarcoma and reproductive related cancers, whose incidence increases in pets, as a result of being spayed or neutered at young ages.

Another factor involved in the increased cancer incidence according to this veterinarian’s research is diet and pet nutrition or what you place in the food bowel for your dog and/or cat each day.

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Pet Anti-Aging Wellness Medicine: A New Reality!

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Over the last decade advances in veterinary medicine have nearly doubled the canine life span. The technological innovations we now offer for pets, parallel those available for people, reaching far beyond our previous expectations. What are the factors limiting longevity in pets? What impact do anti-oxidant supplementation and dietary intervention have on lengthening healthy life spans for pets? Successful techniques for rejuvenating the body and lengthening life spans in people have been documented. Would similar strategies prove effective for dogs?

george -the night before

George, a 7 year old Dalmatian not only suffered from severe arthritis, he was also paralyzed, due to a spinal injury. Surgery cost was estimated at $4000, with no guarantee of success and little hope of him ever walking again. George’s owners, Don and Pam Brennan were devastated and sadly carried George out of the office that day on a stretcher. He couldn’t even stand up to go to the bathroom. With tears streaming down their faces, they knew it was the end. They spent that night together saying their final goodbyes. VL13

The next morning a friend told them about ongoing clinical trials of an anti-aging pet product. This was their last chance. They had nothing to lose, so they gave it a try. George takes Paaws

Within 30 days, George was out in the front yard playing with the other dogs. He was back to the way he used to be, playful like a puppy. George enjoyed several healthy, happy years thereafter. Pam and Don were thrilled-they got their dog back! VL19

Anti-Aging medicine, although not yet formally recognized by the AVMA, is the newest clinical medical specialty offered to human physicians. So, why wouldn’t this be applicable for veterinarians as well?
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Pets May Benefit From Nobel Prize Aging Process Discovery

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The Nobel prize for medicine was awarded to three American scientists for their discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase, that play a key role in the aging process as well as cancer, in people and pets.
The three American Laureates were awarded the Nobel Prize of $1.42 million dollars.

These discoveries will further the understanding of the aging process, shed light on disease mechanisms, and in time help to stimulate the development of potential new human and pet therapies.

Elizabeth H. Blackburn Elizabeth Blackburn from the University of California at San Francisco was one member of the Nobel Laureate team.

The telomerase enzyme also plays a key role in allowing tumor cells to multiply uncontrolled and develop into cancer. As such this represents a major new area of focus for new drug research. For example, vaccines that target telomerase are currently in clinical trials for the treatment of lung and prostate cancer.

This discovery is of major significance and will become the new foundation for future research on cancer, stem cells and the aging process itself. This research is as applicable to pets as it is for people.

Jack SzostakJack Szostak of the Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts was the second recipient.

Medicine is traditionally the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year. The prizes for achievement in science, literature and peace were initially awarded in 1901 accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman, Alfred Nobel.

Carol W. GreiderThe final recipient, Carol Greider (left) is with John Hopkins University, School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Natural Hormone Therapy for Pets?

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Hormones naturally decline as people age… but what about hormones in our pets? In general, and as televised by Oprah herself, hormones are needed by the body and brain to grow, sustain life and function normally. Specifically, the female hormones of importance are estrogen and progesterone and in males testosterone dominates.

Have you ever wondered why so many pets are dying of cancer, suffering from obesity related issues, including arthritis and/or diagnosed with diabetes?

Aging Senior Dogs
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