Alternative Cancer Treatments

Alternative Cancer Treatments for your Dog or Cat in Folsom, CA

Hearing your beloved cat or dog has cancer is devastating news. You may be wondering where to turn next. Is there any way to give you more happy years with your furry companion?

The good news is that YES, there is hope. Advancements in veterinary medicine have proven that there are effective therapies to treat – and sometimes even cure – pets with cancer. Our goal is to provide maximum quality of life with minimum side effects.

At Veterinary Healing Center of El Dorado Hills, we can also provide integrative therapy that includes acupuncture or herbal therapies to help support your pets immune system. In addition, these treatments can help control pain and maintain your pets overall quality of life.
You owe it to yourself and your furry best friend to find out the options. Call us for a cancer evaluation at (916) 933-6030. We’ll evaluate your pet’s situation, and go over potential treatment plans and costs, and come up with a solution that makes sense for your situation.

Alternative Cancer Therapies for Pets:
Intravenous (IV) Vitamin C Therapy involves the administration of Vitamin C directly into the bloodstream. Vitamin C at these high blood concentrations does not work as an anti-oxidant, but instead acts as a pro-oxidant. When given intravenously, Vitamin C in the blood has been shown to generate the production of hydrogen peroxide that has the potential to directly kill cancer cells in the early stages. Normal cells have the ability to neutralize the effects of hydrogen peroxide via catalase, but cancer cells do not. This mechanism of action is similar to some conventional chemotherapies, but with a lower cost and less toxic side effects. To be effective, this therapy requires multiple injections administered over an extended time frame. For more specific information, please call our hospital.

Immunotherapy is one of the latest and safest ways to treat cancer in dogs. If the dog has a tumor that can be removed, a vaccine can be created for that patient. First, the tumor is removed and shipped to Medivet labs where the tumor and the cancerous cells are used to create a vaccine that alerts the body that those specific cancer cells are harmful. The personalized cancer vaccine is administered to the dog which “wakes-up” the immune system and helps it to recognize the dangerous cancer cells within the dog’s body. The immune system then naturally starts killing the cancer cells and potentially helps prevent them from spreading further. The immunotherapy vaccine is created in the Medivet lab using your dog’s own specific cancer cells. Veterinary Healing Centers will then be able to administer the vaccine. We create three vaccines, which are given 4 weeks apart.

Common types of cancer in dogs:

Lymphoma or Lymphosarcoma

Hemangiosarcoma

Osteosarcoma

Mast Cell Tumor

Melanoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Mammary Carcinoma

Apocrine Gland Carcinoma (Anal Sac)

Transitional Cell Carcinoma

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Transitional Cell Carcinoma

Common Types of Cancer in Cats:

Feline lymphoma or lymphosarcoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Mammary Gland Carcinomas

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      The Veterinary Healing Center in El Dorado Hills is fantastic. My cat Marshmallow and I have been with them for a year. I brought Marshmallow there for a second opinion about his breathing problems because of asthma and upper respiratory issues. He was getting injections about every 6 weeks, and those many trips to the vet were very stressful on him. Dr. McKerney, took Marshmallow off the injections - steroids and convenia – and put him on a tablet of doxycycline. She felt that his main issue is upper respiratory. Marsh has not had any breathing problems for a year, and he is happy to take his pill in a pill pocket! I have such a positive experience when Marshmallow and I visit. Marsh is not the best behaved patient, and Dr. McKerney is wonderful and is always so patient and gentle with him, and the staff is patient and gentle with him, too – I am grateful, and thankful!!

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