Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in dogs and can lead to much suffering and hardship both for the pet and owner and family. There are new therapies that offer the potential to change the way cancer is now treated. Obviously before any therapy is considered, early detection and prevention are key for successful outcomes.
Defeating cancer requires a multi-faceted approach that involves Early Detection & Prevention, new Immune Response based treatments, and Dietary support.
Ten common signs of cancer that any family member of an older pet should look out for:
Some simple practices that should be adhered to not only help prevent cancer but also provide your loving pet with a healthy active life:
Cancer cells require two primary factors to continue growing and spreading throughout the body. First and foremost they need a defense mechanism from the body’s immune system, and second, they need energy.
The most critical aspect of cancer cell survival is defense against the body’s immune system. Your pets’ immune system is designed to eliminate and kill abnormal cells. Cancer cells are regular cells that have undergone some type of mutation and undergo abnormal growth among other things. In order to survive a natural immune response, cancer cells release certain elements in the blood to mask themselves from the immune system. These elements suppress the immune system and create other complications for cancer patients.
Recently there have been significant breakthroughs in our understanding of this “immune suppression” mechanism and new treatments are on the way that restore the body’s natural ability to fight cancer. The LW-2 Canine Therapy is being developed for canines and humans and we are currently collaborating with CVS Angel Care Cancer Centers to evaluate this therapy. To see if your pet qualifies for this no cost treatment,please fill out the Patient Qualification Form and we will contact you within 24 hours. We also will reimburse you up to a total of $250 for any out of pocket costs for travel to the CVS Angel Care Cancer Centers during the study and for follow-up of your pet’s health after completion of the treatment.One of these treatments, the LW-2 Canine Therapy, is now being made available for your pet at no cost for those dogs that qualify for enrollment currently in this important evaluation of the therapy.
Research originally conducted at Colorado State University by Dr. Greg Ogilvie, DVM has shown that cancer cells thrive on sugars but not certain types of fat. A diet of complex carbohydrates, simple sugars, proteins, and certain types of fats, helps starve them of their primary energy source. Dr. Ogilvie, who is now at CVS Angel Care Center in Southern California, has designed a cancer diet the will not only provide essential nutrients to maintain energy and muscle development, but also help your pet to fight and slow down the progression of cancer. This special diet is available at this link on the CVS Angel Care web site along with other dietary guidance.