December 7, 2015
Receiving a cancer diagnosis for our pet can be devastating news. And just as it is in human medicine, there are multiple approaches to treating a veterinary patient with this disease. Above all, our ultimate goal is to alleviate suffering and provide as much comfort care as possible. So here is a basic selection of supplements that have been shown to be useful to the cancer patient, human and animal alike.
As always, consult with your veterinarian before starting a supplement for your pet.
Antioxidants have anticancer effects, repair cellular damage, and boost the immune system
Vitamin A: dose ranges from 1000-10,000 IU per day depending on size (toxic potential)
Vitamin C: dose up to 25 mg per lb of body weight
Vitamin E: dose is 10 IU per lb body weight
Canna Pet is a hemp cannabinoid available for pets. Just as medical marijuana is used in human cancer patients, this product claims to aid in appetite, mood, and pain relief.
Dose: It can be purchased as a treat or capsule.
Curcurmin: A derivative of turmeric (a commonly used spice) it is an anti-inflammatory, an anti-oxidant, and an anti-cancer supplement all in one.
Dose: 15-20 mg/lb daily
Duralactin: This is a milk-based protein supplement shown to decrease inflammation.
Dose: Use bottle for directions.
Glutathione: This is a power-house in the face of cancer. It already exists in every cell and is a powerful antioxidant and detoxifying agent. It is not supplemented directly but by supplementing its precursors, the levels in the body will rise.
Glutamine: Also a precursor for glutathione, it also aids in muscle and immune function
Dose: 0.5 g/kg body weight per day
Immunocal: Essentially provides cysteine, a pre-cursor for glutathione, as well as whey protein to maintain muscle mass
Dose: This is a human supplement. Follow directions on packaging making reasonable adjustments based on the size of your pet.
IP-6: A vitamin B derivative, this powerful substance not only improves overall immune function but can also negatively interfere with the behavior of cancer cells.
Dose: 10-50 mg/lb daily
Melatonin: Due to discomfort and nausea, sleep can be disrupted. Melatonin can be used as a natural sleep aid and has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties and may enhance certain chemotherapies.
Dose: 0.2 mg/lb body weight 1-2 hours prior to bedtime – use extended release product
Omega 3 fatty acids: Not only are omega 3s anti-inflammatory, they have also been shown to inhibit tumor growth and metastasis, inhibit weight loss, and may also improve the effectiveness of certain chemotherapies.
Dose: 300 mg EPA / 200 mg DHA per 10# body weight
Vitamin D: is essential for immune health, inhibits tumor growth and metastasis
Dose: 400-2000 IU per day depending on size (toxic potential)
Written by: Dr. Jen Seidl