All herbs and supplements are safe because they are natural, right?
Wrong. The word “natural” seems to mean harmless. No side effects. Non toxic. But this simply is false information.
Anything in the body, no matter what it is, can create a harmful. effect. Drinking too much water, seen with swine sometimes, can give seizures. Taking too many vitamins can result in different toxic reactions. It is all a matter of dosing, interactions, and sensitivity.
Take surgery, for example. Surgery is a serious topic. There are always risks to contemplate with surgery, although modern protocols make the risks much less than they used to be.
However, there are some interactions that you need to know about!
I discuss these and more in The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, and here I want to give you some information about bleeding tendencies caused by supplements.
Many have heard that aspirin is a “blood thinner”. This means that the ability of blood to make clots goes down. Now, when your dog is undergoing a surgical procedure, he or she needs to have this important ability.
The reason dogs need to be able to clot their blood is that they must be able to stop bleeding when an incision is made. This includes a surgical incision. Otherwise, there may be dangerous blood loss.
Certain commonly used supplements discussed in the Guide are capable of some blood thinning effects, along the lines of aspirin.
These include ginger, garlic, fish and krill oil, flax its oil, curcumin, luteolin, to name a few. Since we are on the topic, there are pharmaceuticals that can do it too which are used for pain control and as anti inflammatory drugs: Deramaxx, Rimadyl, Metacam, Previcox and others.
Apocaps, which is a combination nutraceutical using multiple different key plant extracts, has instructions on this topic as well.
The safest thing is to stop these types of supplements roughly 10 days before surgery until the wounds are totally healed.
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.