Cancer in Companion Animals

Cancer in Companion Animals

Dealing with cancer in your cat, dog or small animal is a devastating experience. 

As a Holistic Vet Clinic and Natural Pet Shop, we are experienced in guiding our customers through this difficult time. 

What should you be looking out for?

Cancer can present in a number of different ways. Keep an eye on your pets and monitor the appearance of any of these:

  • Lumps on the surface of the skin
  • Sores that take longer than usual to heal
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Weakness
  • Long standing digestive issues
It's important to remember that none of these mean your pet definitely has cancer, instead it just means you should take your pet to your vet.

What to do if you suspect cancer?

It's worth noting that when your vet uses the word 'tumour' they may be referring to cancerous or non-cancerous growths - it's such a difficult conversation to have, but at this stage it's really important to clarify what your vet means so that you can consider your next steps.

At this stage, your vet is likely to suggest further investigations such as blood tests, X-rays or MRI scans. It's important to remember that, as scary and emotional as this situation is, acting quickly gives your pet the best chance. 

How can Ziggys help:

Holistic approaches to cancer care for dogs and cats are becoming increasingly popular as pet owners seek ways to improve the quality of life for their companions during and after cancer treatment.

One popular holistic approach is the use of acupuncture, which can help to alleviate pain and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body to improve the flow of energy and promote healing. Our Holistic Vet is an expert at delivering acupuncture to companion animals and has supported many animals and owners over the years. 

Chinese Herbal medicine is another holistic approach that can be used to support the body during cancer treatment. Our Holistic Vet specialises in traditional Chinese Herbal remedies and is able to mix bespoke remedies for your pet based on their specific needs. 

Nutrition also plays a key role in holistic cancer care for dogs. Feeding a diet that is high in anti-inflammatory foods such as fish, vegetables, and berries can help to support the body during treatment. Some pet owners also choose to feed their dogs a raw food diet, as it can be easier to digest and more nutrient-dense.

It's important to note that holistic cancer care should be used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment and under the guidance of your vet.

Please remember this is an exceptionally stressful time for yourself as a pet owner, support yourself with love and care as much as you support your pet. 

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