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Fighting K-9 Cancer with Mushroom Power

in depth look by Tami Kersch editor

Research involving dogs has revealed that the polysaccharides found in Turkey Tail mushrooms can significantly enhance the survival time of dogs suffering from hemangiosarcoma, even without additional treatments. This extension in survival time delays the onset of metastases and enhances their overall quality of life.

Extensively studied for its immune-boosting and cancer-fighting properties, Turkey Tail mushroom, scientifically known as Coriolus Versicolor, has been a staple in Chinese medicine for centuries. This remarkable mushroom offers a wide range of health benefits, including the restoration of a healthy immune response and improved gut function. However, it's the presence of two essential components, polysaccharide-K (PSK) and polysaccharide-P (PSP),

within Turkey Tail mushrooms that has captured the attention of cancer researchers. These beta-glucans, or soluble fibers, demonstrate tremendous potential as cancer-fighting agents and have shown the ability to extend the survival time of human patients battling breast, stomach, and colorectal cancers.

Researchers set out to investigate how supplementing with Turkey Tail mushrooms would impact dogs afflicted with naturally occurring hemangiosarcoma, a particularly aggressive and invasive canine cancer that typically affects the spleen and heart, often seen in breeds such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers.

**A ground-breaking study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine uncovered that dogs suffering from hemangiosarcoma and treated with a compound derived from Turkey Tail mushrooms achieved the longest survival times ever reported for dogs afflicted by this disease. The typical survival time for untreated dogs averaged a mere 86 days. However, the treatment groups experienced significantly improved survival times:

Average survival time with 50mg/kg of Turkey Tail daily: 117 days Average survival time with 100mg/kg of Turkey Tail daily: 199 days

"We were astonished," remarked Professor and Department Chair Dorothy Cimino Brown. "Prior to this study, the longest reported median survival time for dogs with hemangiosarcoma of the spleen, without further treatment, was 86 days. We had dogs that lived beyond a year with nothing other than this mushroom as treatment."

Dedicated formulations designed specifically for dogs make incorporating Turkey Tail

mushroom into your dog's wellness regimen a simple task. For example, FurBabies offers a

potent Turkey Tail medicinal mushroom supplement for dogs, available in powder form ($35-$60) or as oral drops ($40) through This natural supplement contains the polysaccharopeptide (PSP) isolated from the Coriolus Versicolor mushroom and has been clinically proven to boost energy levels, stabilize white blood cell counts, maintain a healthy appetite, and provide crucial immune support.

A satisfied reviewer enthusiastically shares, "FurBabies extended my dog's life by 18 months. You wouldn't know he had cancer. I'm so thankful my dog's oncologist told me about FurBabies. I highly recommend it, and I'm thankful for his extended time with our family." FurBabies' Turkey Tail Mushroom powder also offers support to canine cancer caregivers. It fortifies immune function, aids digestion, and is rich in beta-glucans known to activate immune cells and enhance antibody production to better combat infections.

Another reviewer shares their heartfelt experience, "Our boy was diagnosed with canine hemangiosarcoma. We were heartbroken. We researched and found that Turkey Tail mushrooms could help and contacted FurBabies. The life expectancy for a dog with this cancer isn't long, and we opted for surgery, which may have given him five to seven months longer. We absolutely feel that FurBabies helped us to have our big boy for almost a year with a great quality of life... the gift of extra time was immeasurable."

In conclusion, Turkey Tail mushrooms can be a valuable tool in managing your pet’s cancer. If you are considering using Turkey Tail mushrooms for your pet, it is important to consult with your veterinarian first to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your pet’s specific needs.

**To review the Penn State report please click on the button below for the link.


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