Alternative Cancer Treatments

Alternative Cancer Treatments for your Dog or Cat in El Dorado Hills, CA

Hearing your beloved cat or dog has cancer is devastating news. You may be wondering where to turn next. Is there any way to give you more happy years with your furry companion?

The good news is that YES, there is hope. Advancements in veterinary medicine have proven that there are effective therapies to treat – and sometimes even cure – pets with cancer. Our goal is to provide maximum quality of life with minimum side effects.

At Veterinary Healing Center of El Dorado Hills, we can also provide integrative therapy that includes acupuncture or herbal therapies to help support your pets immune system. In addition, these treatments can help control pain and maintain your pets overall quality of life.

You owe it to yourself and your furry best friend to find out the options. Call us for a cancer evaluation at (916) 933-6030. We’ll evaluate your pet’s situation, and go over potential treatment plans and costs, and come up with a solution that makes sense for your situation.

Alternative Cancer Therapies for Pets:
Intravenous (IV) Vitamin C Therapy involves the administration of Vitamin C directly into the bloodstream. Vitamin C at these high blood concentrations does not work as an anti-oxidant but instead acts as a pro-oxidant. When given intravenously, Vitamin C in the blood has been shown to generate the production of hydrogen peroxide that has the potential to directly kill cancer cells in the early stages. Normal cells have the ability to neutralize the effects of hydrogen peroxide via catalase, but cancer cells do not. This mechanism of action is similar to some conventional chemotherapies, but with a lower cost and less toxic side effects. To be effective, this therapy requires multiple injections administered over an extended time frame. For more specific information, please call our hospital.

Immunotherapy is one of the latest and safest ways to treat cancer in dogs. If the dog has a tumor that can be removed, a vaccine can be created for that patient. First, the tumor is removed and shipped to Medivet labs where the tumor and the cancerous cells are used to create a vaccine that alerts the body that those specific cancer cells are harmful. The personalized cancer vaccine is administered to the dog, which “wakes-up” the immune system and helps it to recognize the dangerous cancer cells within the dog’s body. The immune system then naturally starts killing the cancer cells and potentially helps prevent them from spreading further. The immunotherapy vaccine is created in the Medivet lab using your dog’s own specific cancer cells. Veterinary Healing Centers will then be able to administer the vaccine. We create three vaccines, which are given 4 weeks apart. Click here for more information!

Common types of cancer in dogs:

Lymphoma or Lymphosarcoma

Hemangiosarcoma

Osteosarcoma

Mast Cell Tumor

Melanoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Mammary Carcinoma

Apocrine Gland Carcinoma (Anal Sac)

Transitional Cell Carcinoma

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Transitional Cell Carcinoma

Common Types of Cancer in Cats:

Feline lymphoma or lymphosarcoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Mammary Gland Carcinomas

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    • Georgann Ashby WoodGeorgann Ashby Wood

      Dr. McKerney is wonderful. We are very happy with the care all of our pets have received from the staff and Drs.here.

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    • Sandy Wedekind DeKreekSandy Wedekind DeKreek

      We have been taking our Labrador to The Veterinary Healing Center for almost two years to treat her with eastern medicine/procedures for radiating pain from her neck to down her front leg. After about 6 acupuncture treatments and cervical formula powder supplements we saw a remarkable improvement! She went from limping and barely able to climb stairs to running around the yard and jumping into the pool! She was like a brand new dog! We continue with monthly maintenance treatments and we couldn’t be happier with the results! We now take our English Golden Retriever puppy there for checkups!

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      Today was my first time bringing my 2 dogs here ami and kuma, I just moved from downtown to el dorado hills so I needed to get a new local vet.
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    • Roberta DishnoRoberta Dishno

      Wouldn't trust my dog to anyone else than Dr. Cahoon!

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    • Nektaria Kanakis-MeyerNektaria Kanakis-Meyer

      Dr K absolutely fantastic he saw Brutus on short notice and the care he received was excellent the staff was very courteous and caring

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    • Melissa RisdonMelissa Risdon

      I LOVE the Veterinary Healing Center of EDH!! They were the kindest most loving staff with my elder dog Lexi who passed away 2.5 years ago. They were emotional supportive and Dr. McKerney was so loving with Lexi and me. She even called a month after Lexi passed to see how I was. They remember who you and your dog when you run into them outside of the office. I just got a new puppy and there is no other veterinary center I would want to take my little precious fur baby too! Thank you for making her first exam easy for her 💜🐶

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    • Laura Lee RogersLaura Lee Rogers

      Dr. McKerney has been treating my cockapoo, Waldo, with accutpunture for a couple of months now due to a spinal injry that resulted in paralization in the hind area. Waldo can now walk, a little wobbly. When recommended to me we did not know if Waldo would ever be able to walk again. Dr, McKerney is worth our drive (50miles) and time. She was also very thorough in reviewing all of Waldo's medical records prior to seeing him. Waldo is never expereinces any anxiety about going - that says a lot!

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