Does K9 Immunity Work?
When your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, you want answers. There are many options to research and you want to make sure you make the best decisions for your pet.
The question, “Does K-9 Immunity work?” is a question I have heard many times. Like various other questions regarding cancer, it cannot be answered with a simple yes or no.
Is K9 Immunity a cure for cancer?
No, and credit must be given to the manufacturer that it is not marketed as such. However, the anecdotal evidence clearly shows that K9 Immunity has helped many dogs with cancer. In numerous situations the only compelling reason for a pet’s turn around is the use of K9 Immunity. The veterinarians and oncologists involved in these cases acknowledge this possibility.
In fact, there are situations where pets have gone into remission and stayed in remission using K9 Immunity. However, it is not a panacea. K9 Immunity should be used with other cancer fighting protocols such as diet and traditional treatment as recommended by your veterinarian. If you choose to put your pet through the rigors of chemotherapy or radiation, K9 Immunity has been shown to augment these conventional treatments well by boosting the body’s ability to fight the cancer. In cases where the cancer is inoperable or the pet is too old or in too poor health to go through a radical procedure, K9 Immunity may help the pet feel better by increasing appetite, soothing an upset digestive system, increasing energy and elevating mood. In short, it can help improve the quality of the pet’s remaining time with you.
Is there proof that K-9 Immunity works for pets with cancer?
K9 Immunity has been used in over 100,000 canine cancer patients and the manufacturer’s observations have been overwhelmingly positive in regards to clinical outcome. They have this to say”
“While cancer is one of the most serious of all diseases for the medical and veterinary profession to face, it seems that most patients experience a greater quality of life, longer remission status and overall greater effective response to other therapies when using K-9 Immunity™ than those patients not receiving it.”
Are there studies that show that K9 Immunity works?
Recently there has been even more supporting evidence that K9 Immunity is an important supplement and the results are documented in a pre-clinical evaluation paper. The paper is in queue for publication in a scientific peer review journal and will appear on this site in its entirety when formally published. The author was permitted to review the paper prior to publication and pertinent observations follow.
The study consisted of 64 dogs undergoing chemotherapy for one of four cancers: lymphoma, osteosarcoma (bone cancer), mast cell tumor and hemangiosarcoma. In addition to the appropriate chemotherapy protocol for their cancer type, each dog was given K9 Immunity and K9 Transfer Factor. In part, the trial showed the following:
“The results of this study indicate that as an adjunct to chemotherapy these supplements do reduce the common side effects for dogs who become neutropenic. The study also showed that this type of immune modulation therapy relieves many of the symptoms usually associated with chemotherapy and allowed dogs to maintain a quality of life more closely related to their norm.”
“The overall median survival for all subjects on trial appeared to be improved from historic averages.”
“It can be clearly seen from these findings that K9 Immunity ™ does indeed improve the patient’s quality of life when used adjunctively with chemotherapy, at least in the types of cancers tried in this study. For canine cancer families, this quality-of-life consideration is an important part of the decision making process when considering treatment for their pets.”
Prior to this study there was little clinical research on the effectiveness of the heteropolysaccharide class of immune modulators found in K9 Immunity as it relates to canines. However, there is a wealth of clinical data derived from trials using this class of compound as an adjunct to conventional therapy for treatment of cancer in humans. Credence is given to these studies because it is believed by many researchers that most of the mechanisms of action in the development and remission of cancers are identical between humans and canines. If anything, canines seem to respond better to immunomodulation therapy than do humans.
The Author’s Two Cents:
I am often in contact with pet owners regarding their pet’s cancer treatment and have been able to make some non-scientific observations of my own. Those who know me know I do not “sugar coat” the truth or tell people what they want to hear. Here are my thoughts:
- The best success seems to be achieved when K9 Immunity is started early in any cancer protocol.
- The most dramatic success stories I have heard are when K9 Immunity is used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments like surgery and chemotherapy.
- When K9 Immunity is given as a last resort because nothing else has worked, there is usually not a positive outcome. Remember, the premise behind K9 Immunity is not that it treats cancer, but that it supports the body in its fight against cancer. If the body is already ravaged, there is little that can be done. K9 Immunity may help the dog feel better, but a dramatic turn around should not be expected.
- K9 Immunity is a relatively expensive supplement (over $150 a month for a dog over 80 pounds). However, when put into proper context of cost versus the wellbeing of your pet, the cost is small. If you are going to go to the expense of surgery and/or chemotherapy, K9 Immunity and Transfer Factor are small cost additions to your dog’s treatment.
The bottom line is that K9 Immunity and K9 Transfer factor can only help your dog if you use it. So, consider your pet’s situation and decide for yourself.
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