Commonly asked questions about cancer treatment for dogs and cats:
My pet was recently diagnosed with cancer, but is eating well and has a high energy level. When should we start these holistic therapies?
Starting these holistic therapies before the clinical signs of cancer start is the BEST choice you can make. It is easier to keep a pet’s energy and appetite on a steady level when you start from a steady level.
How often should my pet with cancer receive acupuncture therapy?
Dr. Jessie strongly recommends acupuncture treatments at least every two weeks. Depending on the response, we may be able to consider treatments every other week or every 2 weeks. Every patient is different, and we must tailor treatment accordingly.
If my pet is currently taking or has taken chemotherapy, can we still start herbal therapy or acupuncture?
Yes! You can utilize Traditional Chinese Medicine as complementary therapies. We highly recommend acupuncture and herbal therapy to maintain appetite and energy while your pet’s body is metabolizing the chemotherapy.
Studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can help reduce unwanted side effects of chemotherapy:
- Nausea/ vomiting
- Decreased energy
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
Additionally, acupuncture can boost your pet’s overall immune system function in the body.
- Certain chemotherapeutic agents affect the white blood cell and red blood cell levels in the body.
- Acupuncture can help keep white blood cell and red blood cell levels within normal range during chemotherapy – with NO side effects.
Can we treat my pet’s cancer with ONLY acupuncture, herbal therapy, and food therapy?
Yes! These forms of therapy can be used as the sole therapeutic modality for cancer treatment.
Unfortunately, there are several kinds of cancer for which there is no conventional care option.
Dr. Jessie’s own dog, Duke, was diagnosed with a very, very rare form of pancreatic cancer. Conventional care treatments were not an option for Duke. Through treatment with daily food therapy, daily herbal therapy, and twice-weekly acupuncture, Duke lived 1 year past his prognosis of only 6 weeks.
Can we utilize these therapies to prevent the recurrence of cancer after surgery, or for pets currently in remission following chemotherapy?
Yes! These forms of therapy can be used for pets who have successfully undergone conventional treatments and currently in remission. In these cases, the therapies would be adapted to support your pet’s immunity, and to prevent cancer recurrence.
Do we have to utilize all three treatments (acupuncture, herbal therapy, and food therapy) to treat my pet?
It is important to attack the cancer from as many angles and avenues as possible – thus, Dr. Jessie recommends utilizing acupuncture, herbal therapy, and food therapy to treat cancer.