This article was written by TOBALIE in cooperation with Tierärztinnen Mag. Erbstein & Mag. Ponweiser

Similar to humans, a constant set up and breakdown of cells happens in the body of your four-legged friend. Within this process, “broken” cells are constantly created too, which can evoke tumours. An intact immune system is able to control and fight these potential tumour cells (programmed cell death). There are various influences that can not only weaken the immune system of the dog, but also promote the degeneration of body cells.

Causes for cancer diseases

Various environmental influences can cause significant harm to your treasure:

  • Chemical additives, such as preservatives, flavour enhancers and colourings in food.
  • Pollutants in the air
  • Radiation
  • Stress
  • Genetic predisposition

The most frequent tumours in dogs

In dogs, various tumor diseases occur relatively more frequently than others:

  • Spleen ( especially hemangiosarcoma )
  • Liver (often metastases are found here)
  • Skin (mastocytomas, fibrosarcomas, often also benign tumours)
  • Bones
  • Systemic tumors such as lymphosarcoma
  • Malignant Histiocytosis

The most frequent tumours in cats

  • Fibrosarcoma (usually after vaccinations against rabies and leukosis in the injection area)
  • lymphoma or lymphosarcoma
  • mammary tumours

When is a tumour suspected?

The symptoms are quite unspecific and often not easy to detect. Pets usually appear dull, less fit and lose weight. Sometimes enlarged lymph nodes are found in the hollow of the knee and on the neck when grooming or stroking the dog. The mucous membranes of the mouth can also appear paler. They also show signs of lameness in bone cancer.

Prevention and early detection of cancer

An early cancer diagnosis is crucial for a successful treatment. From the age of 7, you should have a few preventive medical checkups with your darling every year:

  • Blood test – changed parameters (such as decreased red blood cell count, increased calcium, ALP and LH) indicate a tumor disease.
  • X-ray of the chest – shadows can be seen on the lungs.
  • Medical ultrasound of the abdomen reveals enlargements of the liver, spleen or lymph nodes.
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Treatment methods

If your treasure is unfortunately ill, you will probably think about possible treatments. The Conventional medicine offers various methods of fighting cancer:

  • Surgical intervention is especially necessary if the tumor presses on organs, blood vessels or nerves, thus causing life-threatening conditions.
  • Chemotherapies are used for rapid tumor reduction in cases such as lymphosarcoma. The side effects in dogs are far less pronounced than in humans and can be further reduced by complementary medicine.
  • Radiotherapy techniques are currently only offered at the University of Veterinary Medicine. It is used either palliatively to reduce pain or when surgery is not possible. The disadvantage of this treatment method is the prescribed total anaesthesia.

Biologicalholistic cancer therapy

A biological holistic cancer therapy has the primary goal of strengthening the immune system and thus setting in motion the control mechanism for tumors.

The first step in this process is to rehabilitate the intestine, because the its an important part of the immune system. A healthy intestine is necessary to ensure the normal absorption of nutrients and medication. Stabilization is achieved primarily through the administration of lactic acid bacteria, effective microorganisms and healing earth and medicinal mud preparations.

The second step is to optimize the nutrition. Carbohydrates primarily nourish the tumour cells and should therefore be banished from the diet. A diet of high-quality fats and easily digestible protein should replace them. Carbohydrate sources include flakes, pasta, potatoes, rice and wheat. The cereal content in many prepared feeds is rather high. In addition, sugar may be added, which also promotes the growth of tumour cells.

Important components of nutrition are:

  • Omega 3 – The fatty acids are mainly found in meat.
  • Omega 6 fatty acids – A high proportion is found in linseed oil, rapeseed oil and borage oil.
  • Protein – The best protein sources for dogs are meat and dairy products (e.g. from goats).
  • Fresh vegetables provide important vitamins and trace elements.

Alternative cancer therapy

It can often be useful to combine different methods with administrations of alternative cancer therapy.

  • Orthomolecular medicine: This involves the application of substances that are originally present in the body and that are needed (or have been consumed) in greater quantities in the event of illness or stress. These include vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, fatty acids and enzymes.
  • Plant anti-cancer agents: Uncaria tomentosa (cat’s claw), vital fungi, lapacho, mistletoe extracts, CBD drops.
  • Homeopathic methods: Classical homeopathy, therapy with organ preparations (homeopathically prepared tumour cells)
  • Antihomotoxic therapy: homeopathically potentised substances from cell metabolism, Sanum therapy
  • TCM: A combination of acupuncture, nutrition therapy and Chinese herbal mixtures
  • LIFEWAFE acupuncture patches
  • Microimmunotherapy

In times of sickness it is especially important to be there for your treasure and give your darling security. Pay him a lot of attention and patience, but do not treat him as if he had changed into another being. In this affactioned way you support your buddy on his way of the therapy. 


You should always pay attention to the health of your four-legged friend. Have a regular health check at the vet, because preventive examinations are essential for an early cancer diagnosis. If your pet needs therapy, stay calm and find out about the different treatment methods. Decide carefully which combinations are possible and which ones make the most sense for your pet.