At SFVS, we want to deliver the best possible treatments for our patients. In some cases, this means that our doctors work collaboratively on a pet’s treatment … such as when SFVS oncologists team up with the holistic veterinarians to care for a dog or cat with cancer.
Fetch the Paper features an article this month, written by SFVS’s Ella Woods, DAOM, LAc, Dipl. Oriental Medicine; Aarti Sabhlok, DVM, Board-qualified (Oncology); and David B.Y. Fong, DVM, LAc, Dipl. Oriental Medicine, that describes the benefits of holistic oncology:
Why the inclusiveness? Most oncologists find that patients tolerate their regimen of Western treatments better when they’re receiving some sort of supportive care. As an example, studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly reduce the nausea and vomiting that is sometimes associated with cancer chemotherapies.
Dogs and cats can now benefit from the same kinds of integrative therapy that humans receive. At San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, we work collaboratively to deliver the best treatments possible for our cancer patients. Oncologists and holistic clinicians work together to create customized treatment plans for our patients, ensuring that the patient’s quality of life is kept at its optimum while the best cancer-defeating protocol is brought to bear. …
For the most part, chemotherapy for animals is kinder and gentler than chemotherapy for humans. Still, pets can suffer from side effects, perhaps feeling a little down and lethargic after a treatment, or having poor appetite, or occasionally experiencing diarrhea. Chemotherapy can also be hard on the kidneys and liver, which are responsible for filtering impurities and drugs from the blood. Offering holistic treatments alongside chemotherapy and other Western approaches can help manage these issues, getting the patient in the best possible shape to defeat the cancer. In effect, holistic treatments can “free up” energy in the patient’s body so it can more effectively deal with the cancer.
For the full article, visit Health Matters: Alternative Treatments for Cancer
As a special note, we wish Fetch the Paper the best as the publication goes from a print format to online. We’ve enjoyed reading both the print and online versions for years now, and look forward to what Fetch has in store. For more information, read Gone to the Dogs: a four-year journey from print to pixels.