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Mushroom Therapy Basics to Fight Dog Cancer

March 5th, 2012 · 4 Comments
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Nobody wants an education about fighting dog cancer with nutritional supplements. But when we do find ourselves in Dog Cancer University, we can reduce our stress by sticking to the rule of three:

  1. Pick three types of nutritional supplements and dietary changes recommended by veterinary experts for dogs with cancer
  2. Discuss your research with your veterinarian or oncologist.
  3. Allow three months to determine if these changes have positive effects

This was our philosophy for helping Spirit Jerry fight canine osteosarcoma, and it worked well for us. One of the changes we implemented into his diet was the addition of edible mushrooms.

Mushroom Therapy for Dog Cancer Basics

According to “Dog Cancer Survival Guide” author Dr. Deminan Dressler:

 “Certain kinds of mushrooms have immune boosting and anti-cancer effects. Some examples of these mushrooms include Shitake (yes, the same one we eat in Chinese restaurants), Maitake, Reishi, Cordyceps, Coriolus, Agaricus and Cordyceps. The good folks over at Aloha Medicinals have known about this forever. I spoke with Dr. John Holliday who spearheads their research a while back to get the lowdown on this very interesting area. Subsequently, I began using their products on my patients.

And I found they work. They extend life, slow progression, and keep life quality high in dog cancer patients beyond traditional care expectations.

They do this in three main ways. First, they are immune enhancing. Second, they stimulate the immune system. Lastly, they help with the toxic side effects of chemo and radiation.”

Dr. Dressler’s own blog post, “Fantastic fungus and dog cancer..medicinal mushrooms!?” has more information about how edible mushrooms help dogs fight cancer.

Which Mushroom Therapy is Right for Me?

We chose K9 Immunity to help Jerry fight cancer after he was chosen for a clinical trial, and saw a noticeable boost in his energy level soon after he began taking them, just after we learned he had lung metastasis. Other pawrents like Dr. Pam Wiltzius, Tripawds’ favorite vet, have used Health Concerns Power Mushrooms with great success:

“I would agree that I saw a definite boost in energy with both my cancer dogs within days of starting the mushrooms. Tazzie had a large patch of hair over her amputation site that had still not grown back even 6 months after her last chemo but a few weeks after starting the mushrooms her hair had completely regrown.

I wish I had heard about these sooner. My holistic vet recommended them and she uses them for all dogs instead of K9 Immunity because she thinks they are just as good and much cheaper. We did not use Transfer Factor although it probably wouldn’t hurt to add that. I think I am going to try my Dogue de Bordeaux on these mushrooms because he has chronic skin disease and maybe they will help.”

A few members have mentioned NK-9 from American Biosciences and Fungi Perfecti in our Discussion Forums, but we have heard fewer success stories about these canine cancer supplements.

Edible mushroom supplements vary in price and quality. But it’s hard know you’re getting what you paid for, and that the mushroom blend is safe for your dog’s current state of health. To help with your research, here is a summary of information we’ve compiled from the Tripawds Discussion Forums and this Nutrition blog. Some of these discussions haven’t been updated recently, so if you have experience with any of these mushroom supplements, please share your story in the topic.

Medicinal Mushrooms: General Information & Tripawd Experiences

K9 Immunity

Power Mushrooms

Fungi Perfecti

Have medicinal mushrooms helped your Tripawd fight cancer and stay healthy? If so, contact us today so we can help you share your story here with others.

NOTE: We are not veterinarians. All information provided here is based only on our own experiences and those of other Tripawds members. Please consult your veterinary professional and do further research before implementing any new dietary regimen or supplements into your Tripawd’s cancer treatment plan.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1    portermom // Mar 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    The first thing my vet nutritionist put Porter on was a Five Mushroom Formula by People’s Herbs. She has had great success with it as part of a cancer fighting strategy. Composition: 250mg coriolus extract, 250mg cordyceps extract, 200mg maitake extract, 150mg reishi extract, and 150mg shiitake extract. An added bonus – it is “human friendly” too!

  • 2    jerry // Mar 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Thanks Portersmom, this is great information for folks to know. We hope it gives you all the oomph you need for a long healthy hoppy life ahead!

  • 3    trifod2004 // Mar 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    For Cadence, she was prescribed Physiologics – Mycelia Immunity Formula. That is just one of the supplements she is on. 8 and a half months post diagnosis she is still in remission.

  • 4    jerry // Mar 14, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for the info about Cadence. Yay for this miracle girl!

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