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Apocaps for Dogs

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Apocaps contain a wide range of carefully selected and refined natural ingredients which are claimed to act synergistically together to try and promote a process called apoptosis. Apoptosis is the natural cycling of cells within the body, whereby older cells die off and new ones take their place. Apocaps are formulated in the USA from safe, natural, human-grade ingredients and processed to make them much more bio-available than the original plant derivatives. . The ingredients of Apocaps include agents which increase the solubility and absorption of the required plant elements, boosting blood levels of the required products.

Apocaps Rate suggested by the manufacturer (with approximate metric conversions) :-

Size of Dog Feeding Guideline
5lbs (2.25kg) to 10lbs (4.5kg) 1 capsule twice daily
10.1lbs (4.6kg) to 20lbs (9kg) 2 capsules twice daily
20.1lbs (9.1kg) to 40lbs (18.1kg) 3 capsules mornings and 2 capsules evenings
40.1lbs (18.2kg) to 60lbs (27.25kg) 3 capsules twice daily
Over 60lbs (27.25kg) 3 capsules 3 times daily

Apocaps are best given on an empty stomach, or with a tiny amount of food.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is not just one disease, it is in reality a name given to a large group of conditions with a common theme. This is sometimes described as "persistent, purposeless proliferation". Essentially cancer occurs when a type of body tissue grows to excess. The excessive tissue often fails to function in an appropriate way, and ultimately gets in the way of the other, normal body tissues, so interfering with their usual function. Cancer often forms as a tumour, which simply means a "lump", but the worst types of cancer often spread as multiple, tiny groups of cells through the body, without ever forming a discrete lump or tumour. Often a tumour forms first, then as the cancer becomes more aggressive, cells leave the original mass and set up in new sites around the body. There are many different types of cancer and many different causes. Many of the causes are not known - the cancer simply seems to appear spontaneously.

What are Apocaps?

Apocaps are designed to try and promote the normal, appropriate death of cells when they have run their normal life span. Some forms of cancer appear to circumvent the normal, programmed cell death process ("apoptosis") and persist and replicate beyond what is useful. Apocaps have been associated with a longer lifespan after diagnosis of cancer than would normally be expected. Very importantly the quality of life has been scored more highly when compared with dogs not receiving Apocaps. These are subjective assessments and scientific proof of effect is difficult to establish. The cellular effects of the ingredients in Apocaps also might be able to lessen the unwanted side effects which usually result from chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This can mean that the cancer patient feels better while treatment is being given, as well as allowing more of the conventional treatments to be used without causing distress. Apocaps have been used by canine oncologists in the USA and around the world.

How should Apocaps be used?

Apocaps can be used alone, or in combination with other forms of therapy. They are not now recommended to be given to dogs receiving steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Generally speaking it is sensible to try and hit cancer with as many different things as possible. General nutrition can play a big part, so a change in diet is potentially helpful, as well as other lifestyle changes. Apocaps were developed by Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM, working in Hawaii. His book The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, contains lots more useful information on cancer therapy in dogs.

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Questions & Answers for Apocaps for Dogs

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Apocaps for Dogs, including answers from our team.

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Info plz

7th Dec 2015
  • VioVet Customer Since: December 2015
  • From: County Cork, Ireland

hi my dog is 10 year old pitt/staff she has mammary cancer she at stage 3 im geeting the lump removed next week as its not that big, she eating fine n still jumping round, would this help her after her op.
what else would you reccomend to boost her immune system. can i give her turmic with these to,

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

This product might well be a help to her - this type of supplement does not have a medical license and so it is not possible to say for certain if it ever helps. However a lot of people feel that their dogs do benefit and achieve much better results than would otherwise have been expected. It is possible to give a small amount of turmeric at the same time, but you probably do not need to.

Apocaps and destolit

18th Aug 2015
  • VioVet Customer Since: August 2014
  • From: West Midlands, United Kingdom

My dog is currently taking destolit for his liver. Would the apocaps be safe to give him alongside the destolit? He has a mast cell tumour.

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

There has not been a thorough scientific evaluation of this situation to my knowledge, so it is not possible to say for certain. Apocaps do seem generally to be safe enough and probably will be safe for your dog, but if liver function is significantly impaired then they might not be ideal. It is difficult to advise you further than that. What does your own vet say?

Apocaps a with NSAIDS:

8th Jul 2015
Odile serra

My dog is permanently on Previcox since his spleen was removed 2 weeks ago. Can I give him Apocapsa with Previcox?

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

Apocaps are often given with NSAIDs such as Previcox and we certainly believe this is safe to do.

Prednicare & Apocaps

29th Jan 2015

Can Apocaps & Prednicare be taken together. Or would you stop Prednicare.

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

These are often taken together and if your vet has prescribed Prednicare you should certainly stay on it. The Apocaps are designed to help in a very different way. They may or may not be effective for your individual dog, but are very unlikely to cause any trouble.

Masivet + Apocaps - contraindications

8th Nov 2014

My dog is on max dose of Masivet and her mast cell tumour above carpus has reappeared. Are there any contraindications to giving her apocaps too?

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

There are no known contraindications for adding Apocaps to the treatment plan. There is not much scientific evidence that they are effective, but sometimes they do appear to make a difference. You should continue with whatever prescription medication your vets advise. Adding Apocaps should be safe and might add something to the overall effect.

Soft tissue sarcoma

23rd Jun 2014
Yvonne Oakenfull

Hi my 8 year old Labrador has had his rear right leg and a third of his pelvis amputated as a tumour grew so fast, bone biopsy inconclusive and this was the recommend action in view of limited information and clearly the discomfort and pain he was in.
It turned out that the severity of the tumour had in fact shattered his hip too!
Quite the opposite of what the vet expected (he strongly suspected bone cancer/malignant), results following amputation revealed a soft tissue sarcoma which had invaded the bone!
Prognosis positive as radical surgery hopefully means all tumour area has been removed.
The vet will be keeping a close eye on him.
Do you think giving him Apocaps will help to ensure tumour does not return? And I'm paranoid about giving him something that might do more harm than good?
Please can you give my any advice.

Many thanks
Yvonne Oakenfull

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

Apocaps is an unusual product and there is not much scientific evidence that it is effective. However some people have been very pleased with it and convinced that it helped. It seems to be very safe and I do not think it could cause any trouble for your dog.

I hope things go well, your dog has certainly been through a lot.

Stomach and windpipe tumor!

1st Jun 2014
Callum Baker

Hello, my 11 year old staffy has a massive tumor in her stomach which has taken up most of the space there, will the apocaps help and shrink the tumor and give her more comfort?

Also she has a tumor on her windpipe which is causing it to bend, will it do the same and shrink it and give her more comfort?

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

Unfortunately you cannot confidently expect that Apocaps will help in these ways. There are reports of Apocaps seeming to act like this, but equally they can certainly fail to do so. My impression of the most common reports of useful effects from Apocaps involve a general improvement in the feeling of wellbeing and a longer period than expected of comfortable life. The response and subsequent behaviour of individual tumours is often unpredictable. Apocaps might be of benefit to your dog, but due to the lack of adequate scientific research so far, it is difficult to say any more than that. People tend to use it when they are hoping for a safe and "natural" product to add to any other treatment being given.

Will these tablets work for cainine lymphoma ?

7th Apr 2014
Cainine lymphoma

My dog is 15 years old and has been diagnosed with B cell lymphoma. I can not afford the chemotherapy that has been offered. Will these tablets be helpful?

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

There are no independent clinical trials I am aware of which demonstrate scientifically if Apocaps can help with anything. (They are classed as a food supplement.) Therefore it would be wrong for anyone to make any particular claim about what they can do to treat cancer. Having said that, there are reasons to think that they should be able to help with some types of cancer and indeed many people who have given them to their dogs are convinced they have helped. There are others who feel they have made no difference. My feeling is that by giving them, you are at least doing something which could help and will do no harm. If you can afford them, I would give them a try.

Apocaps treatment in dog with pacemaker

11th Jan 2014
Helen Gaunt

My dog had a spleenectomy for sarcoma on 23rd december 2013,she also has a pacemaker fitted ,can she take apocaps ?

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

Apocaps should be suitable for your dog, though we cannot tell how helpful they will be. The evidence that they can help is mostly anecdotal and every case is different. Sometimes they appear to make a big difference, though often it is difficult to judge that. Your dog certainly should be able to take Apocaps given the history you have provided.

Apocaps for dogs with cancer

16th Dec 2013
Ben Right

My dog is just beginning radio therapy to reduce a tumour she currently has on her nerve stem. It's not cancer it's purely a growth but she has 3 weeks of radio therapy (16 sessions altogther) to try and reduce the size of the growth as it's in an inoperable position. My question is given she is undergoing radio therapy, will Apocaps help with the healing and help her vitality and general wellbeing or would you recommend something else, e.g. I've also read up about a product called K9 Immunity.

John Cousins
  • Non-Executive Director

The trouble is that there are many different types of neoplastic tumour and many possible causes. Many of the immune modulating types of medication have something to offer in some situations, but probably none of them help every time. Apocaps has been put together very carefully to bring in a broad range of potentially beneficial ingredients and I think will be the most likely product to help your dog. More than that it is not possible to say because thorough scientific evaluation of any of these products is a long way off.