Lymphoma in dogs and cats is an unfortunate disease that is common among pets. This form of cancer originates in the lymphocyte cells of the immune system. Lymphocytes play an important role in the body’s defenses. It can also appear in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver and other organs and more prominent in certain breeds.
The causes of this disease are unknown and to date there is no known cure.
Just like people, Lymphoma in dogs and cats is a difficult subject to talk about. We naturally become very attached to our pets, and they become a part of our family. The thought of losing them to a disease which shortens their life and results in a painful quality of life is an agonizing thought. That is not the purpose of this article.
I simply want to inform you about what can be done to help your pet should you be faced with an illness like this, one that will compromise your pet’s quality of life.
You do not have to wait for a problem to arise before starting a holistic plan. From puppies to seniors, holistic alternatives work to improve the overall health of your pet and are a natural complement to traditional medicine and veterinary care. Just as we seek alternatives such as massage therapy, acupressure, etc., so should your pets.
I would like to share a note from a client who recently lost their pet to Lymphoma.
“I would like to thank you for being such an integral part of her health for all these months. Keeping her quality of life at a stage where we could enjoy her for months longer than our veterinarian expected. I hope no one has to be faced with this disease, but if they are I highly recommend they contact you. My dog loved seeing you each week with her tail wagging and so happy. I think she knew what day it was because she would sit by the front door until you arrived. Thank you again for maintaining her quality of life, we were able to enjoy and love her for a longer time.” – JJ
In this example, the dog had been diagnosed with the disease well over a year ago and approximately 3 months of life were predicted. Over the next eleven months I worked with this dog weekly.
The owner and her vet had discussed alternative therapies and how to avoid the use of pharmaceutical drugs; I was then contacted. My approach orchestrated a change in diet, the introduction of herbs in the diet, along with a weekly regimen of massage and photonic therapy.
What these therapies can do to help.
The dog was virtually pain free, and seemed happy and enjoyed playing. She was eating well and her owner was thrilled at how she maintained a good quality of life. Isn’t this what we want for all of our pets?
My approach to the use of holistic and natural methods has shown to be effective in allowing pets to enjoy life, improve the quality of their life for as long as possible, reduce the effects of pain and inflammation, boost the immune system, keep the muscular system toned, and provide a high overall level of relaxation. There are a lot ofscientifice data to suggest that massage and photonic therapy offer a variety of health benefits. For addressing Lymphoma in dogs and cats, these treatments can provide comfort and pain relief.
Health Tip: Whenever you pet, groom or play with your dog always check for lumps, bumps or anything that feels unusual. If you do find something amiss, please get them to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Holistic methods are great, but they are not intended to take the place of regular visits to your veterinarian.