Not only do we need a good night’s sleep, so do our pets—especially those that have cancer. In Chapter 8 and Chapter 13 of the Dog Cancer Survival Guide, Dr. Dressler writes that correcting a melatonin deficiency in cancer patients has shown to lessen weight loss caused by cancer, reduce metastasis, lessen the side-effects of conventional treatments, help with sleeplessness, and it may even help extend life expectancies.
There are a number of options open to you that can help in increasing your dog’s melatonin levels to help give them an edge on cancer—blocking out outside light, turning off lights and reducing the use of computers and televisions at bed time (blue light can decrease melatonin levels).
In general. Dr. Dressler does recommend a melatonin supplement to help boost melatonin levels, however, please read the precautions on page 185, of the Dog Cancer Survival Guide and check with your veterinarian to see if a melatonin supplement can be used alongside your dog’s current treatment plan and health concerns.