Prostate cancer in dogs – herbs and holistic support

Prostate cancer wasn’t originally on my list when I began this book, as it is rare and I hadn’t treated a dog with it before. However I recently started treating a very energetic lab named Joey who has prostate cancer. He is one of the most rambunctious, friendly dogs I have met and oh so strong. His coat shines, his eyes sparkle, and he has the most powerful tail I have encountered. I swear he could fuel my whole house with it.

There is no way you would know he has cancer if you met him and he was diagnosed almost three months ago.

In dogs, prostate cancer is highly aggressive with the prognosis after detection often times being less than a month. Prostate cancer is fast to spread and also in a delicate area of the body. As the cancer grows it can block the urethra making peeing impossible. This is a disease of neutered male dogs, the one cancer that is more common in fixed dogs.

There are no good western treatments for prostate cancer in dogs. Surgery is usually impossible because of the location and the early spread of this cancer and radiation and chemotherapy add little time to a dog’s life. Because of this and the effectiveness of herbal therapies with this disease, holistic treatments are a good option.

A while back there was a product on the market to treat prostate cancer in people called PC-SPES. This herbal combination actually helped quite a few people but was taken off the market because of problems with contamination. I am not suggesting that you should use this product or some of the others that have replaced it but I do think it is worth considering the ingredients. It contains some of the same ingredients as in one of the main herbals I use for cancer, Xiao Chai Hu Tang and reishi mushrooms which are known to be quite effective again cancer.

This is my protocol against this deadly cancer (follow links for more information about herbals and links to buy on or other places)

  1. Acupuncture every two weeks if possible, every week if there are significant clinic signs. It is important to keep these guys peeing and acupuncture can help and also slow down the cancer.
  2. Xiao Chai Hu Tang – this is a great herbal for cancer especially when there is an obstruction in the abdomen like you get with an enlarged prostate. This formula will also help keep cancer out of the lungs
  3. Artemisinin – this compound helps to slow down cancer and prevent spread.
  4. Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang – cousin to Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang for the lower abdomen, this is a very effective formula for prostate and urinary bladder cancer, especially when they manifest with bloody urine. I add San Leng and E Zhu to mine for extra cancer fighting ingredients.
  5. Mushrooms – these really help with prostate cancer with their direct action against cancer and their ability to strengthen the immune system. I like Reishi, Shiitake, Cordyceps, and Maitake. Make sure you use reishi for prostate cancer. These can be added to food or given as a supplement.
  6. Hoxsey like formula – This formula can be especially helpful in dogs with excess personalities and lots of energy. Do not use it in dogs that are old, thin or very sick.
  7. Diet for cancer – this is a most for any animal with cancer – see Diets for cancer in cats and dogs

Joey has already exceeded my main expectation which was to keep him happy and pain free. I don’t know what the future holds for him but I know he enjoys every day he is here and the more days we can give him the better.

As with all advice on this website please check with your dog’s primary veterinarian before starting any treatments or herbals.

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4 Responses to “Prostate cancer in dogs – herbs and holistic support”

  1. Peter Says:

    I was wondering if you can help. Charlie, a 11 yo neutered Boston Terrier approx. 30 lbs, was just recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was reading your site and Im trying to put together some of these herbs. I was wondering if you can give me advice on which and how much herbs to give him. I plan on ordering powder from for some herbs and Holly pharmacy for Artemin. Also, I will be implementing your diet. Please help.
    Thanks for your time

  2. Lena McCullough, DVM Says:

    Hi Peter,
    There should be info on how I normally dose herbs if you follow the links (click on the herb names to go to articles on the individual herbs). Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang I do not have an article up on yet but I dose like Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang.
    best wishes,

  3. Peter Says:

    Dr. McCullough
    Thank you for your reply. Charlies VET prescribed him Piroxicam 3mg, given once daily and Tramadol 50mg given ¼ to ½ tablet twice daily for pain.

    These are ok to run together with your herb mixture?

    The E Zhu and San Leng in powder form ratio with Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang are mixing 9 grams of each E Zhu and San Leng with 82 grams of Shao Fu Zhu Yu?

    Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang, if I buy the powder form Min Tong, ¼ teaspoon twice a day (30lb dog)?

    If im mixing Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang, San Leng, and E Zhu all together is it still ¼ teaspoon twice a day?

    I’m sorry for all the questions. I am new at this.

    Thank you for any help that you can give

  4. Lena McCullough, DVM Says:

    Hi Pete,
    I have used these herbs with Piroxicam and Tramadol before but you should check in with Charlie’s vet to make sure s/he is ok with them being used together.

    I dose i tafter mixing in the San Leng and E Zhu but usually go with the higher dose range if I am dealing with a dog right at the cut off between 1/4 and 1/2 a teaspoon.

    Hope that helps
    best wishes,