Healthy Dogs

Do Dogs Get Cancer?

The most pre-disposing condition for cancerous development was the injecting of vaccines.”– Dr. Dennis Turnbull, cancer researcher, after studying the disease for 30 years.”

Until just a few years ago I wasn’t aware that dogs got cancer. However, I am old enough to remember when dogs didn’t get cancer…or tumors. For that matter, they also didn’t get skin diseases, allergies, digestive diseases, seizures, or most of anything else we commonly see today. I heard a veterinarian say “They got these diseases back then, we just didn’t look for them, or record their presence.” I disagree, and am guessing he was probably taught to say that in veterinary school. Because I remember when veterinarians were concerned about nutrition of animals, and researched the causeof diseases so they could prevent or cure them through nutrition. They don’t do that now. They sell products. Even packaged pet foods. Many of which have been recalled because pet owners complained they were making their pets sick. 

My first thought when I learned about cancer in dogs was what are veterinarians doing to the dogs that is causing them to develop abnormal cells? Just like in children, studies show cancer appeared, and continues to increase alongside the push for vaccines. As more vaccines are given, the cancer cases increase as well.

I think the hardest thing to overcome when we find out our pet has cancer is the guilt we feel. We wonder if we could have prevented it if we had just taken better care of our dog, or changed veterinarians, or didn’t do the vaccines, or fed better food, or didn’t …. (insert your item). From what I have found in my research, it really doesn’t matter what you feel the cause is, as long as you change things now, stop doing what you were doing that was harmful, and do all you can now to support your dog’s immune system so his body can try to heal itself.

We aren’t veterinarians and wouldn’t presume to tell you what to do for your pet, but what we can do is share with you the list of things we found in our research to both stop doing and to start doing, in order to support your pet’s health from this point forward.

  1. Homeopathy: Vaccine detoxification remedies

  2. Getting titers before ever vaccinating again

  3. Research vaccine side-effects yourself. Most vets haven’t. Most people think they have.

  4. Change veterinarians if you are pressured to do more vaccines

  5. Avoid veterinarian clinics/offices where vaccines are done. Look for a vet who will do house calls

  6. Avoid places, such as dog parks, kennels, stores, groomers, etc., where dogs go that may have been recently vaccinated because, like people, animals “shed” their vaccine for at least 10 days after the vaccine is given

  7. Avoid getting your dog spayed or neutered, this is shown to increase some rates of cancer in dogs

  8. Avoid contact with cleaning or disinfectant products that are not rated as “Green”.

  9. Avoid deodorizers and cleaning products that contain any of the following: Benzalkonium chloride, dimethyl ammonium saccharinate, Ethanol diethylene glycol monobutyl ether, Ammonium hydroxide, Mipa-borate, Ethanolamine, Chemical fragrance, Myristalkonium saccharinate, Propane, Butane, Mea-borate, bleach, ammonia.

  10. Avoid poisonous animal products, including toxic dewormers, pesticide shampoos, pesticide sprays, pesticide ointments and collars that contain chemical pesticides, all of these contain carcinogens and weaken the immune system

  11. Avoid contact with chemically treated grass, trees and plants, the chemicals are carcinogens

  12. Organic Life Cell Support product for dogs from

  13. 4-Herb (Essiac) tea product for animals, from

  14. Bitter melon supplement, Sheep sorrel supplement, Canine Immune System supplement by Standard Process, Co., Riboflavin (B-2) supplement supports the immune system, Slippery Elm, Rue, Red Clover, Oral charcoal to support the body in its own detoxification of poison exposure

  15. Black ointment / salve, Neoplasene* (from Buck Mountain Botanicals)for cancers on the surface of the body, Biotin supplementation supports the natural healing potential of the skin

  16. Sienna and Wormwood as a supplement to support a detox of worms and pathogens

  17. Food grade hydrogen peroxide drops in water has been tried with good success by some people when their dogs had cancerous growths.

  18. Increase the daily nutrient level in the dog’s diet to support its natural healing potential. Raw meat diets have received a lot of praise for results in improved health of pets.

Support protocol

This is a protocol from a dog enthusiast-herbalist, who has found a pattern in some of her clients’ pets. As a result, she has developed a variety of protocols to support normal health and function of these areas. This is what she uses to support the animal’s immune system in its attempt to restore optimum health and normal function when cancer has been diagnosed by the veterinarian. She stresses that this is support only, not a cure. The dog’s immune system does the curing. We also want to note that she is not a veterinarian or a naturopath, and does not presume to give medical advice. 

What we want to do, according to this herbalist, (and Martin Goldstein, D.V.M.), is give our pet’s immune system what it needs to work at its most optimum level. Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, D.V.M., suggest using kinesiology to determine what will benefit our dog’s immune system, and the amounts they would benefit from. For information on how to do this for your dog, see Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, by Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, D.V.M.

  1. Homeopathics she listed include: Phytolacca in water, Smallpox-phenol vaccine remedy; Red cabbage homeopathic, Green cabbage homeopathic, Yogurt homeopathic, Cottage cheese homeopathic, Carcinosin and Lycopodium combination remedy; Vine remedy; Other homeopathic remedies that may be helpful she said, included Mold remedy, Mildew remedy, Galium aparine, Graphites, Scirrinum, Carcinosin, Thuja, Conium, Lycopodium clav.; Worms combination remedy; Thuja, Rescue remedy

  2. Remove all chemicals from the dogs environment: cleaning chemicals (even those tucked away in cabinets have to go), including all deodorizers, anti-bacterial soaps, sprays, and gels

  3. Dogs, like children, should not be allowed on chemically sprayed lawns.

  4. Avoid all shampoos and conditioners that aren’t “organic”, including those used by their groomer.

  5. Foods should contain added probiotics during this time of recovery

  6. Legumes: garbanzo beans, dried and ground up. Add a small amount to food once daily

  7. Black walnuts in the shell. Make a few available each day and allow dog to eat at will.

  8. Support your dog in the detox of one vaccine, “Smallpox-phenol vaccine,” as soon as possible.

  9. Feed only raw meat, and only twice daily so the dog’s digestive system has a chance to not only rest, but also to make enough enzymes to digest abnormal cells.

Here are some quotes I found that are pretty revealing.

All vaccines are linked to cancer formation… Vaccines cause chronic diseases; they cause autoimmune disease, genetic mutations, allergies, organ failure, and death.”Cohen AD. Shoenfeld Y., Vaccine Induced autoimmunity. J Autoimmunity 1996; 9: 699-703; Dr. Patricia Jordan, DVM., Mark of the Beast,p. 27

As a holistic veterinarian, I don’t view cancer as a mysterious disease that attacks the body. Its the manifestation of ill health…To me, its clear that more and more pets are getting cancer and other degenerative diseases because they’re being hit with more and more toxins that eventually mutate their genes, weakening successive generations.” —Martin Goldstein, DVM, in his book The Nature of Animal Healing

Fibrosarcomas are not rare events, cancer following vaccination is common, as a matter of fact, since the overuse of vaccines and the use of adjuvant containing vaccines, The pet health insurance companies now list the soft tissue sarcoma as the most common health issue for which claims are presented.” Dr. Patricia Jordan, Mark of the Beast, p. 25, and,

Resources for information

  1. Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, second edition, by Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, D.V.M

  2. The Holistic Dog Book, by Denise Flaim

  3. The Nature of Animal Healing, by Martin Goldstein, D.V.M.

  4. Keeping Livestock Healthy, by N.Bruce Haynes, D.V.M.

  5. Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats, by Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M., PhD., and Susan Hubble Pitcairn

  6. Dogs Naturally Magazine