Note from Lee Euler: This week I’m turning over the podium to Mindy McHorse, one of our contributors who gives me valuable help in preparing this weekly newsletter. As a true-blue dog lover, she’s well qualified to talk about this important subject.
Having a dog means unwavering devotion, which most of us welcome. Part of that devotion comes from our dogs’ faith that we’ll take care of them and do everything possible to protect them from harm.
It might shock you then, to know that a lot of canine diseases, and especially cancer, are the direct result of things we do. And I want you to know that cancer is the number one killer of dogs over the age of two.
My friend Joan just went through this. She was the happy owner of a golden retriever named Mia. Mia was the kind of joyful dog who loved everybody and Joan in particular. She was naturally smart — never had to be taught to fetch a ball, knew to squat in the bushes instead of someone’s yard when on a walk.
Tragically, Mia was only four years old when she had to be put down. She’d been fighting a host of problems the vet couldn’t figure out. Over the course of a year, she lost nearly all the fur on her body. In its place she developed itchy, scaly patches that she scratched and bit at till they bled. In spite of everything, she remained loving and devoted to Joan, always lifting her tail when Joan walked in the room — even when it was obvious Mia was in extreme pain.
Joan did everything her vet recommended, but to no avail. Eventually she authorized an exploratory surgery, and when they opened Mia up, the vets realized the dog was full of cancer.
Are You Slowly, Unknowingly, Poisoning Your Dog?
Previous issues of this newsletter have talked about the dangers of our toxic environments and how they make all of us more susceptible to cancer. The fact that our bodies are saturated with heavy metals and other pollutants is beyond disturbing, as is the fact that they’re pretty much unavoidable in our environment.
So just think what it must be like for our canine friends. They’re exposed to the same pollutants we are: they drink the same water, breathe the same air. We even rub “medicine” on them intended to ward off fleas, but what we’re really doing is covering their bodies with toxic chemicals.
On top of that, our dogs spend most of their time sitting or lying on the ground, indoors and out. And that’s exactly where the bulk of our pesticide residues and other toxins accumulate. Lawns are treated with synthetic fertilizers. Bug spray permeates the floors of our living areas. Even if you don’t spray for bugs inside your house, doing so outside means your dog is probably exposed to those poisons.
Commercial pet food poses another severe hazard. To be honest, it’s pretty disturbing to find out what actually makes its way into dog food. For starters, grains contaminated by fertilizers that are unfit for human consumption can legally be used in pet food. And if you’ve ever wondered what happens to the parts of an animal that don’t get eaten by humans — the slaughterhouse waste that’s possibly diseased or cancerous — it all gets ground up and added to pet food mixes. That’s a far cry from the raw protein diets consumed by the wolf ancestors of our canine friends.
Even more disturbing than that, the American Veterinary Medical Association confirmed a 1990 story by the San Francisco Chronicle: euthanized animals end up in pet food. This means companion pets and zoo animals euthanized with sodium pentobarbital are processed and rendered into commercial pet food. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine claims allowing low levels of sodium pentobarbital into commercial pet foods won’t have an adverse reaction on pets, yet those levels would NEVER be allowed for human consumption.
Because most dogs have a smaller body weight than most people, the effect of even the tiniest levels of toxins is multiplied. And any creature with an overload of toxins runs a huge risk for developing cancer.
The Answer Doesn’t Have to be Death
If a dog has cancer, a lot of people will tell you the only thing to do is euthanize him. In some cases, this may be your only real option, but it should be based on the level of suffering your dog is facing and whether he is toward the end of a normal life expectancy.
Still, for a dog like Mia — only four years old, with several years she could have still enjoyed, putting her down shouldn’t have been the only option.
And it’s NOT a money issue. True, not everybody can afford expensive drugs and surgery, but there are certain things you can do to extend your dog’s life or ease his suffering that hardly cost anything at all.
When you get down to it, dog and human cancers have a lot in common. Just like human cancer, the most common treatment option for canine cancer is chemotherapy. Starting chemo may give your dog another year of life, but it’ll also give him awful side effects (diarrhea, vomiting, and a host of other problems we humans can hardly stand).
The other common conventional treatments are radiation and drugs. But, as we already know, those only get you so far — and can bring more harm than good, not to mention a hefty price tag.
Vets will tell you treatments like chemo and radiation are all “based on scientific research,” but you should take that with a grain of salt. For one thing, most scientific research on canine cancer doesn’t address the differences between dog breeds. On top of that, just as we see in research done on humans, a lot of the studies have serious flaws.
Here’s the bad news: you can’t always turn to your veterinarian for advice on how to heal your dog from cancer. Just like medical school, veterinarian training is entrenched in drugs and surgical processes. Even though most vets (you hope) really do care about the health of the animals they treat, they just don’t know about effective alternatives.
We’re seeing a lot of incredible results in the fight against human cancer when alternative treatments are used, so doesn’t it make sense to explore those same treatments for our dogs?
There’s already been some success in treating dog cancer through the simple use of nutritional supplements. Eliminating environmental toxins is another step that shows promise, along with getting your dog on a holistic raw diet with high quality meat. Be sure to get the kind with natural preservatives and no by-products.
Along with that, your best bet is to find a “holistic” veterinarian who supports alternative treatments for your dog — or for any pet, for that matter. Visit the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association for a list of these vets.
Another bonus to using non-conventional treatments for your dog is that they’re cheaper. Chemotherapy for your dog can run upwards of $2,000. In contrast, changing your dog’s food or adding in supplements will fall somewhere between $300 and $800 — and will make your dog much more comfortable.
You Can Save Your Dog From the Discomfort of Cancer
The bottom line is, you have choices in the treatment of your dog, no matter what. If you’d like more information on how to save your canine friend from the #1 cause of death for all dogs over two years old, click here for a useful ebook called Dog Cancer: The Holistic Answer. Written by a chiropractor who figured out how to save his own dog, the book provides the crucial five steps to healing a canine with cancer, all based on solid facts.
You’ll also learn about
1) A special non-toxic, nutritional extract shown in scientific studies to eradicate tumors in at least 80% of animals tested (p. 25)
2) Three things in your dog’s food that may be killing him (p. 34)
3) The only natural, non-toxic products that repel fleas without harming your dog (p. 44)
4) How to ease your dog’s stress level (p. 48)
5) The unusual German-based diet all dogs with cancer should follow (p. 50)
6) How to raise your dog’s beneficial bacteria count to boost his immune system (p. 52)
7) Special recipes to quickly ease discomfort for a dog with cancer (p. 55)
8) The “vitalistic” therapy you should ONLY get from a certified practitioner (p.73)
You’ll also learn how to supercharge the immune system, the key nutritional supplements a dog with cancer needs, and how to administer healing enzyme therapy effectively and inexpensively.
Joan strongly believes she could have done more for Mia, if she’d just had access to the right information. Save yourself from the heartache she had to endure and do what you can to prevent or treat cancer in your own dog.