ASK-THE-VET: MY FEMALE CAT HAS BREAST CANCER

30701bQuestion: Hello, I am needing your help. I was wondering what I should do for my female cat. She has breast cancer and I was wondering if you had any advice for holistic practices for her or any ideas on changing her food. Please write me back As Soon As Possible. Thanks!

Answer: Thank you for writing in. We are sorry to hear about your cat with breast cancer. Unfortunately breast cancer in cats tends to be a malignant condition and can spread rapidly so I definitely recommend you consider meeting with a veterinary oncologist for all treatment options. There are also many holistic approaches that can be used (even with traditional therapies) and include acupuncture and herbal medicine. These type of holistic protocols must be tailored to the individual cat and so you would need to seek out a veterinarian skilled with these alternative techniques locally. You can visit www.ahvma.org and use their locator system to find a holistic vet near you.

Other ideas for pets with various forms of cancer include feeding diets that are high in protein and fat. This helps meet the increased energy demands of a patient with cancer and helps avoid muscle wasting and weight loss. You must ask your veterinarian if this type of diet would be suitable for your particular cat. The ideal food for a pet with cancer is one low in carbohydrates and one supplement with omega-3 fatty acids to help stimulate the immune system. You could also consider a vitamin supplement (for example, Oncosupport for Pets) to help support your cats immune system. These dietary manipulations are not cures for cancer but can help support your cat while undergoing other traditional or alternative therapies.

Good luck.
Dr. Donna Spector

Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency. Halo, Purely for Pets will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on any information or content contained in a blog or article post.

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