Cancer in Senior Pets: How to Reduce Symptoms

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The dreadful diagnosis of cancer in pets is heartbreaking, and unfortunately, increasingly common–especially in senior pets. As pets age, their risk for chronic disease increases. Cancer is now the leading cause of death in pets. Cancer is not always a death sentence, however, and the earlier the cancer is detected and treated, the better the prognosis. There are conventional oncology treatments for cure or palliation and options for alternative therapies that may help alleviate some symptoms. The overall goal is to allow your senior pet the highest quality of life possible with their cancer diagnosis, which will largely depend on the type of cancer.


Alternative Therapies: The Use of Turmeric in Dogs

Medicinal herbs may not always be the first thing we turn to when our pets are sick or in pain. However, that does not mean they cannot be complementary to medical therapies. Many medicinal herbs have not been extensively studied due to their roots in much older Eastern medicine.

Recently we are learning much more about the potential benefits to these alternative therapies and medicinal herbs.Turmeric in dogs is a good example of an age-old medicinal herb that is coming into its own in the modern research arena.