Feline Lymphoma is the most common type of cancer in cats, accounting for almost 33% of cat cancers. While lymphoma in general is caused by the same cellular degradation and malfunction as all cancers, gastrointestinal lymphomas’ development may be preventable.
GI Lymphoma in cats is often associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD in cats is a group of gastrointestinal disorders that lead to an increase in the number of inflammatory cells found in the lining of the intestinal tract. Chronic vomiting and or diarrhea are the most common symptoms; at the time of diagnosis, the exact cause is often unknown. Unresolved food allergies and food sensitivities contribute to immune system dysfunction.
The increases in inflammatory cells that develop as a result of IBD have been directly linked to the development of GI lymphoma in cats. Chronic vomiting or diarrhea frequently go unnoticed, and at some point the resulting inflammation and scar tissue that develops in the lining of the intestine can transition to cancerous cells, leading to the development of lymphoma.
Veterinarians choose to treat IBD with steroids and other medications, whereas the natural approach uses Herbal anti-inflammatories, soothing agents, and soil-based probiotics (SBOs). The best way to prevent any GI disorder or disease is to make sure the GI tract has the benefit of SBOs on a regular basis.
If your cat is experiencing chronic diarrhea, vomiting or other stomach upsets, and has not responded to conventional treatment, he or she is at increased risk for developing GI lymphoma.
The Role of Good Bacteria
The foundation of a strong immune system is a healthy digestive environment. By providing your cat with SBO supplements, you can help prevent the development of lymphoma and cancer in your cats.
If your cat already has cancer, fortifying the immune system can be a powerful adjunct to traditional therapies, making them more effective, and thus increasing the cure rate of cancer in cats and thereby extending their lives.
The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain claims, “90% of all chronic disease is caused by an unhealthy intestinal system”. Clearly, improving gastrointestinal health stimulates the immune system. This also has a synergistic effect on improving your cats’ response to medical treatment, as well as their health. In addition, cats with cancer often develop vomiting and diarrhea as a direct result of the medication insult occurring to their body, which can further weaken their immune system.
Good bacteria, or “Probiotics” are essential to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. These healthy bacteria help your cat to digest more of the nutrients, fight disease, and normalize the digestive system. In times of stress or illness, the good bacteria in the gut die off quicker, upsetting the delicate balance between good and bad bacteria. This imbalance leads to your cat being predisposed to further illness, chronic vomiting and diarrhea, and a weakened immune system. By supplementing with a clinically proven soil-based probiotic product for cats, like Pet Flora, you will quickly restore the natural balance in your cat’s gut. A strong immune system is the best defense to fight and prevent disease.