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A SIMPLE BLOOD SCREEN TO DETECT EARLY CANCER IN DOGS

Half of all dogs that live to the age of ten will eventually die of cancer.    And for those breeds that are genetically predisposed to cancer the percentage that die is even higher.   It is extremely important to catch developing cancer as early as possible if you want to have the greatest chance  for successful therapy.

For most owners discovering that their dog has cancer is a moment filled with fear and uncertainty.   Unfortunately, cancer is usually discovered in its later stages when the treatment options are more limited, less effective, and more expensive.  All too frequently the diagnosis of cancer typically ends in disaster.   If cancer can be caught early prior to the appearance of outward signs more effective treatment options become available.   Even the more aggressive cancers like hemangiosarcomas can  be treated cost effectively when caught in very early stages.   Unfortunately, routine annual or even semi-annual health exams will not catch cancer in its very early stages.    Even annual blood and urine screens are unlikely to detect cancer early.  An ultrason or MRI are not commonly used as screening test because they are expensive and do not always give a definitve diagnosis.   Biopsies are not performed until an actual mass has been identified by manual palpation, radiographs, ultrason, or MRI.   Up until a few years ago there really was no way to catch cancer early before the mass was felt or other symptoms were present   By the time symptoms are detected there is a good chance the  cancer has already spread from the original site to lymph nodes, the lungs or other distant organs.

The exciting news is that there is now a simple, painless cancer blood screen for the “apparently” healthy dog with no signs of disease.   The name of this cancer screen  is “INCaSe” and it utilizes dual “biomarkers”,  Thymidine Kinase (TK) and C-reactive Protein (CRP).  TK levels have been shown in numerous studies in animals and humans, to correlate with the development of cancer.   CRP is a protein produced in the liver in response to inflammation .   By coupling the results of the TK and CRP test values, the INCase cancer screen can detect  the presence of cancer in its very early stages before any signs of disease are apparent.    A negative INCase finding is a strong indication that the pet is cancer free.

There has been a long standing study showing the relationship between cancer and inflammation.   Research has shown that inflammation plays an important role at each stage of cancer development. That is why in addition to the TK marker for cancer, the INCase Screen also tests for CRP which is the most accurate method for detecting hidden inflammation in the body.    Therefore even if the TK marker shows negative for cancer,  if the CRP is significantly elevated it is  awarning sign that more diagnostic work needs to be done to discover the site of inflammation and eliminate it.

The combining of these two “biomarkers”, the TK and CRP, provides a “Neoplasia (cancer) index”.   By detecting   the presence of both abnormal cell division and abnormal levels of inflammation in an apparently health pet,  the ability to identify the presence of cancer is greatly amplified over using just one or the other test alone.  It is this unique  way of combining and interpreting these two tests that is now being evaluated for a patent.

INCaSe has the unique intended use as a wellness screen for the “apparently” healthy dog prior to the onset of visible signs of cancer.     For a product to make this claim, it must be clinically studied for this specific use and this is what separates INCaSe from other cancer screen tests.    In an ongoing clinical study involving the University of Missouri, 327 “apparently” healthy dogs of high cancer risk breeds and over the age of 5 years were collected for analysis and followed for 9 months. Of the 327 dogs, 10 developed cancer, and INCaSe was able to detect 100% of all these cancers  up to 109 days prior to the onset of visible signs.  The test is very accurate and has a very low chance for false positive and for false negative results.

If a dog is found INCaSe positive then a confirmatory test called  “VDI-TKcanine+” should be run.   If a dog  is suspected of having cancer based on physical exam or other findings then the VDI-TKcanine+ cancer test  should be run in place of the INCaSe test.  The VDI-TKcanine+ can also be used to monitor the progress of dogs with confirmed cancer.
While middle aged and older dogs have a much higher risk of developing cancer, dogs of any age are at risk.  All breeds are susceptible for cancer but some breeds show a particularly high incidence.  The following is a partial list of breeds more susceptible to cancer:

Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Great Danes, Greyhounds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Rottweilers, Pointers, Cocker Spaniels, German Shepherds, English Setters, Doberman Pinschers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Standard Poodles, Scottish Terriers, Schnauzers,  West Highland White

At Woodside Animal Clinic we are recommending that all dogs over 5 years of age be given the INCase cancer blood screen at least once yearly.   Dogs over 10 years of age should be tested every 6 months.   If a dog is from one of the breeds that have a high risk for cancer then this dog should be checked twice yearly starting at the age of 5 years.

At Woodside, if cancer is detected early before the patient  is displaying overt signs of disease then we will recommend a number alternative therapies which may include anyone or all of the following:  nutritional therapy including homemade diets, orthomolecular therapy, systemic enzyme therapy, and antioxidant therapy.   Additional approachs include: gastro intestinal support, immune system support, liver detoxification,  pH and voltage support,  acupuncture and microcurrent therapy, oxygen therapy,  alkaline water and  sea salt therapy, Neoplasene therapy,  as well as intravenous vitamin C,   IV glutathione and IV phosphytidyl choline therapy to name just a few of the ways Woodside is prepared to help your pet combat cancer.

Presently there is not an INCase Screening test for apparently health cats but the company tells me there will be one in the not too distant future.

For more on alternative / holistic medicine visit us at www.doc4pets.com

 

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal,  one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, and reptiles with both conventional and alternative medicine.  Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy.  He is the author  of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.   Visit us at Doc4pets.com

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit  area  including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties.   Cities in these counties including Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson,  Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms, Franklin, Beverly Hills, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Waterford, Clarkston, Union Lake,  Rochester,  Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica,  Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe,  Romeo,  Flint, Hartland,  Lansing, Okemos, Flint, Howell,  Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

Holistic Prevention & Treatment of Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats: Kidney Failure

It is hard for any owner that loves their dog or cat to become comfortable with the fact that these pets age so much more rapidly than we do. This accelerated aging is even more obvious in the larger breeds of dogs that begin to reach their geriatric years between 8 and 10 years of age. A pet’s kidneys are often the weakest link in the aging process and all to frequently the cause of old age death. Things that pet owners can do to support their pet’s ailing kidneys are as follows:

Feed a higher fiber, low protein, high quality protein diet prescription kidney diet available from all veterinarians– or — feed a home made kidney diet by following a receipe that we make available to our patients. The diet will decrease the formation of waste protein toxins, discourage obesity and reduce the work load of the kidney.  The home made kidney diet can be fed either raw  or cooked.

Encourage your dog or cat to drink more by providing lots of fresh water throughout the day. Doing this will promote proper hydration while at the same time flush the kidney and reduce accumulating protein derived toxins. Adding Celtic sea salt to the pet’s food will encourgage drinking, provide trace minerals he or she are likely to be deficient in, and alkalinize the animal’s body. Checking the pet’s blood pressure is recommended, especially when adding salt to the diet, to help detect hypertension often caused by kidney failure. Make sure your dog or cat receives a regular dental prophylaxis to reduce oral bacteria which are injurious to the animals kidneys, liver, and heart. Daily  home dental care is essential for over all good health but particularly important for avoiding progressive kidney damage.

Supplement your dog or cat’s diet with anti-oxidants, systemic enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and glandulars to reduce kidney tissue injury by free radicals and to stimulate natural immunity. Omega 3 fatty acids, Coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid are 3 important supplements that promotes kidney health.  Systemic enzymes have been shown to reduce scar tissue in the  kidneys of aging dogs and cats.  Homeopathics remedies that can be placed in the pet’s drinking water help promote kidney health  and are easy to administer.   Of course it is better to begin these supplements early on in life before the kidneys have received significant damage and symptoms become apparent. Strategically detoxifying the body with special homotoxicologic and nutritional formulas is an important adjunct to avoiding or treating  kidney disease and most any other disease in the body. Starting these same supplements after kidney damage or kidney failure has been detected will help conserve the remaining kidney cells but will not restore the cells that have died.

Have your veterinarian perform semi annual blood and urine testing to monitor your dog or cat’s  kidney function and to provide an early warning system for the development of other degenerative disease.  Recently a new urine test, the “ERD”  micro albuminuria test, has become available. The ERD test requires only a small amount of urine and can detect evidence of kidney disease much earlier than blood tests and a standard urinalysis.  Any dog or cat over the age of 6 years old should be routinely tested with an ERD test because not only does it detect kidney disease but it is also a screen for inflammatory disease of many other organs.

Acupuncture and chinese herbs like Rehmania have been quite helpful in supporting kidney function.    Electro acupuncture  or laser acupuncture can be performed without needles at the veterinary clinic while  acupressure using the same acupuncture points can be performed at home by the pet’s guardian.     Recent scientific literature out of Europe has shown infrared laser therapy to provide beneficial effects in both kidney and liver disease.  Pulsed magnetic therapy is totally painless and will help restore voltage to damaged kidney cells.    Electro crystal rebalancing (ECR)  is a therapy that broadcast energetic frequency of the chakras to rebalance the body’s energy.    The ECR device  can also be used energize subcutaneous fluids that are commonly sent home with kidney patient to help maintain hydration.   Frequency specific micro current therapy is  a relatively new form of therapy that can be applied over the kidney area and is totally painless and easy to perform.    Infrasonic therapy is another painless therapy that uses a combination of sound and light frequencies to restore cellular function to the kidneys.   Routine chiropractic care can help support kidney health by better establishing nerve conduction to the kidneys. Finally, ozonation of subcutaneous fluid will oxygenate and alkalinize the body and restore voltage to damaged, failing kidney cells.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, and reptiles with both conventional and alternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties include  Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms, Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, Grosse Pointe, Romeo and Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Flint, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio