5 Natural Ways to Support your dog during Cancer

Oct 21, 2020byVeronic Fournier


Does your dog have cancer and you want to put the odds in its favor? Wondering whether you can treat dogs with cancer? Can't afford the conventional medicine treatments? If you want to try the best alternative treatments for dogs with cancer, this article is for you.


Receiving the bad news of a cancer diagnosis is always difficult regardless of the age of your animal. I understand this is a delicate subject and I stand with you wholeheartedly.



In this article, you will have access to a list of holistic and natural tools to help your dog while fighting cancer. I will talk about nutrition, herbal remedies, Chinese medicine, medicinal mushrooms and homeopathic products.


Our team of natural animal health experts are here for you.


So, without further ado, I present to you our tips for the natural treatment of cancer in dogs.


If you have any questions about other types of cancer affecting dogs, check out our complete guide to dog cancer for more details.



Treat dog cancer naturally with nutrition


There are several foods that can be added to your dog's diet to help fight cancer, such as tomatoes and sweet potatoes, which are high in antioxidants.


The priority when fighting cancer is to support the immune system, in order to help the body help itself. It is therefore important to provide your pet with a balanced diet, rich in different nutrients.


For more details on what foods to offer a dog with cancer, you can read our previous article written specifically on this topic.



Help dogs fight cancer with herbal treatments


Dog cancer can also be fought with certain medicinal herbs, through phytotherapy. I am thinking particularly of curcumin and Boswellia serrata, amongst others.


 Do you know about curcumin?


Curcumin is actually the main active ingredient found in turmeric, which has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine as a potent anti-inflammatory.


This molecule is thought to also induce the death of cancer cells in the early stages of their development. It is said to have the ability to identify cancer cells and stop them from multiplying.


As you may know, however, curcumin is hard to absorb by the body when you consume turmeric. Some suggest combining turmeric with pepper to make it easier to absorb, while others suggest that there may be harmful effects to this combination.


My advice would be to consult with your holistic vet to direct you to a curcumin supplement with an appropriate dosage for your dog.


Boswellia serrata


Boswellia serrata is a species of tree found principally in India. In addition to being known for the potent anti-inflammatory power of its resin, it is also credited with anti-cancer properties.


Its resin also has a neuroprotective effect and is studied for its effectiveness in the treatment of brain cancer.


Boswellia serrata is also often used in combination with curcumin, in certain proportions.



Chinese medicine to fight cancer in dogs


Do you know about the Yin and Yang? If so, you have a basis in Chinese medicine. This can be of great help in relieving symptoms of cancer in dogs.


Chinese medicine has more than 3000 years of experience in using herbs and medicinal substances to maintain or restore health naturally.


This unique medicine is also based on the vital energy (Qi, pronounced tchi), which circulates in the body following meridians. Acupuncture is the result of this technique.


During an acupuncture session, fine needles are placed at specific points along these meridians in order to unblock the flow of Qi and thus restore balance and overall health to the body. For more details, you can read our article on different alternative medicines for animals.


Few studies yet indicate that acupuncture is effective in treating cancer itself. That said, medicinal advances have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving nausea and vomiting following chemotherapy in humans.


It’s important to consult a vet specializing in acupuncture to find out if this type of holistic alternative therapy is appropriate for your animal, since in some cases this energy release could be contraindicated (when there is a high risk of infection or metastases for example).



Medicinal mushrooms that may help in the fight against cancer in dogs


The world of mushrooms is vast and, luckily for us, they are great allies in the fight against cancer in dogs! Here are a few.


Agaricus Blazei


Known by a number of names, including almond mushroom and mushroom of the sun, Agaricus Blazei is of Brazilian origin, but is most popular in Japan.


The US National Library of Medicine has reported that the anti-tumor properties of Agaricus Blazei have been evidenced in mice in cases of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, fibrosarcoma and myeloma. In humans, they report benefits such as improving the quality of life of patients with gynecological cancer and in cases of leukemia.


The use of this medicinal mushroom is common for breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer, and some benign skin tumors.


You can find Agaricus Blazei formulated for your pets by following this link.




The Chaga mushroom grows on birch trees and is becoming more and more popular for its many medicinal properties. It is commonly used in cases of Hodgkin lymphoma, lung cancer, stomach cancer, and for pain control. Most people consume this mushroom in the form of tea.


The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reports that this mushroom is effective in controlling inflammation and swelling, in addition to boosting the immune system. They discuss its use in the treatment and prevention of cancer, in addition to acting as a protector of the liver. Its anti-tumor, antiviral and antioxidant properties have also been evidenced.


If you would like to try Chaga for your pet, click here for more information on our natural Chaga product. 




Also called the lion's mane mushroom, or memory fungus, Hericium is a very rare mushroom that usually grows on oak, beech and maple trees.


The US National Library of Medicine mentions in one of its articles on Hericium, that this mushroom has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In short, it has enormous potential! They also report that it has been used in the care of people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.


Its usage is common against brain cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, intestinal cancer, rectal cancer, leukemia and certain general cancers in animals.


A natural Hericium-based product for animals is available here!




This medicinal mushroom is commonly used in cases of generalized bone cancer or to support patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy.


The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reports that laboratory studies have shown that Maitake can slow tumor growth and stimulate certain immune cells. They also mention its use for controlling diabetes, and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.


Click here to visit our page for more information on our natural product for animals that is made from this medicinal mushroom.




This mushroom is probably the one you are most familiar with, being very popular in human cooking. It’s commonly used to help fight cancers in the liver and pancreas.


The US National Library of Medicine reports its enormous potential as an antioxidant, antifungal and antiviral, as well as its anti-cancer properties. Components of Shiitake have the ability to slow the growth of tumor cells and thus help prevent certain cancers.


Shiitake can be used for animals, just check with your vet that it’s appropriate for your pet. Check out our page here on our natural product for animals that is formulated with this medicinal mushroom.


Coriolus Versicolor


Coriolus versicolor is a lignivorous fungus (which attacks wood) that is widespread throughout the world. It is usually seen on unhealthy or dead hardwoods.


Medical News Today reports that several studies have shown that this fungus can effectively stimulate the immune system. They also report that its extract can be useful in the fight against certain cancers. Scientists have found this fungus to have the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and have also reported that people have benefited from the use of this mushroom in conjunction with chemotherapy.


Its use is common for lung cancer, bladder cancer, skin cancer, sinus cancer and hemangiosarcoma.


Would you like to try it for your pet? Our natural Coriolus Versicolor product for pets is available here.




The US National Library of Medicine writes in one of its articles that Cordyceps is used by traditional healers for, among other things, the treatment of cancers, asthma, diabetes and coughs. They report on its effects on the liver and kidneys and mention that Cordyceps's antitumoral properties are notable and deserve more attention in the future.


It’s a well-known mushroom and commonly used in Chinese medicine. Its use is common for cancer of the bladder, bronchi, kidneys, lungs, sinuses, and spleen, and also for cases of leukemia and lymphoma.


Find our natural product formulated with Cordyceps here!




Medical News Today notes the ability of Reishi to stimulate the immune system and that it is also used in the fight against cancer. They note that few studies are available on it, but that some laboratory tests have shown that it can be effective in fighting cancer and reducing certain tumors.


Reishi has been used in some traditional medicines for over 2000 years, but may have toxic effects. It is therefore important to consult a vet to make sure that this mushroom is suitable for your pet before embarking on this alternative option.


The use of this mushroom is common in cancer of the anal glands, colon, intestines, and rectum, and also for some benign skin tumors.


For more information on our natural Reishi-based product, I invite you to visit our page.


How can you enhance the therapeutic benefits of these mushrooms?



We strongly recommend using the mushrooms mentioned above in combination with our PIPTOPET product, itself made from another species of fungus, Piptoporus betulinus. Its use optimizes the efficiency of the mushrooms named above and supports your pet’s immune system .

PIPTOPETthrough its beneficial properties, will help your pet to maintain good health.



Homeopathy as a natural option for dog cancer


As always with a view to holistic dog cancer treatments, homeopathy has its role to play. It is also popular all over the world.


It is a form of alternative treatment that uses the principles of similarity and dilution to create completely safe and affordable natural remedies for cancer in dogs. This alternative medicine is concerned with the individual as a whole, that is to say, it aims to restore balance in the animal's body, in addition to wanting to treat its symptoms.


At Zumalka we offer you natural products to support your animals when they are suffering from various health problems, including certain types of cancer.



That’s all for our recommendations on supplementing classic canine cancer treatment with natural tools.


At Zumalka, our products are based on the four forms of holistic medicines mentioned above, namely: homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, medicinal mushrooms, herbal products and more.


If you have any concerns about the health of your pet, please be aware that it is possible to contact us directly. It will be our pleasure to help you.


If you have read this article because you have a pet that has cancer, we are wholeheartedly with you and hope that these natural solutions give you some hope.


Have you used any of these treatment methods to help an animal in the past? We would love to hear your comments below on your personal experiences with these holistic medicines.




About the author

Veronic Fournier
Veronic Fournier


Véronique Fournier shares her extensive pet health know-how on Zumalka through her articles.

Véronique’s background as an animal wellness advocate began in Cégep La Pocatière in Quebec, which led to comprehensive internships and training with respect to the breeding, rehabilitation, and monitoring of various types of animals. The institutions she has worked with include the Quebec Aquarium and the SOS Miss Dolittle shelter, just to name a few.

Her immersion with various veterinary clinics in British Columbia and other places has made Veronique not just knowledgeable, but also quite perceptive in zeroing in on the right strategy to help keep pets in the best of health.

And can we get you in on a secret? Veronique shares that she has already made a lot of canine pals due to her stint as a foster mom in several shelters. Isn’t that cool?

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