Viewing cancer as a systemic disease that includes a suppressed immune system, we need to understand how immunity can be compromised. We need to remove toxins from your dog’s life to boost the body’s defenses in a dog with osteosarcoma (K9 OSA).
While an inherited predisposition can contribute, toxic overload pretty much covers why a dog’s immune system malfunctions to allow cancer to thrive. On a physical level, the toxins in vaccinations, diet, and tap water, household cleaners, paints, pesticides, toys, flame retardants in rugs and furniture, cleaning fluids, atmospheric pollutants all contribute. Add these to lack of exercise, stress, trapped emotions, and is it any surprise that our dogs are predisposed to cancer?
In addition to cancer, diseases linked to vaccinations include inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, chronic allergies, autoimmune diseases, aggressive behavior, hip displasia, liver, kidney and heart problems.
If pressed to receive vaccinations, you might talk to a homeopathic vet about nosodes that are recognized by pet insurance companies. Additionally, ask your homeopathic vet about Thuja occidentalis 30C which may remove the immune-suppressing effects of prior vaccinations.
Nikki was eight and a half years old when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, besides puppy shots, Nikki and Aaron received only the three-year rabies shots and at eight years old, Dr. Sam, felt they were no longer candidates for rabies vaccinations.
If your dog has osteosarcoma, it is imperative that he or she avoids tap water. In addition to known toxins, fluoride and chlorine, tap water can contain heavy metals, including lead and arsenic, nitrates, herbicides, pesticides, a wide variety of pharmaceuticals (from antibiotics to anti-cholesterol drugs) and hormonally active chemicals, including estrone which is alleged to cause gender changes in fish.
Water bottled in plastic may not be your best choice since polycarbonate plastic leaches Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical.
Holistic vets strongly advise using a good-quality water purifier to filter your tap water. Although initially pricier than bottled water, it is more cost effective in the long run. Pure water flushes toxins from the body and contributes your dog’s feeling of well-being.
Additionally, steer your dog clear of contaminated water in puddles, creeks and ponds. Street puddles are likely to contain carcinogens like hydrocarbons and asbestos dust from brakes. And change your dog’s water at least daily. Make sure the bowl is clean and protected from dust and debris.
Nikki was receiving filtered, irradiated water (using low level radiation “water stones”) which clear systemic fungus and bolster the immune system. Every time he went to drink, I put down fresh water for him.
Get ready for a shocker. The images of choice cuts of meat, fresh grains and plump, wholesome, well-balanced goodness, whipped up by the pet food industry, couldn’t be farther from the truth. Mass distributed pet foods, and some so-called organic, or natural, pet foods lead you to believe you are buying one thing, but what you are actually getting can be miles apart.
The pet food industry is literally the garbage can of the human food and agriculture industries. What isn’t fit for human consumption goes into your pet’s wet or dry dinner. This can include euthanized pets from animal shelters and diseased and cancerous animal parts.
Contaminants in pet foods include: dangerous E. Coli bacteria (estimated to contaminate more than 50% of meat meals). While cooking kills the actual bacteria, the endotoxins some bacteria produce during their growth can live through processing to sicken your pet.
Diseased or dead animals are included in the “protein” rendering process. So you’ll also find drugs, like penicillin used for treating, and pentobarbital used for ethanizing, them These drugs go through the rendering process unchanged. And that’s just for starters.
Pet foods include heavy metals, mycotoxins from mold or fungi in grains and fish meal, chemical residue from pesticides and fertilizers, GMOs (Genetically modified plant products) and acrylamide, a carcinogenic compound created in high temperature baked foods.
Moreover, the highly touted notion that one pet food provides all the lifelong nutrition your pet will ever need is a scary myth. Consider the fact that your dog’s ancestral meat-based diet has been replaced with grain-based, processed food to create other nutrition-based diseases, including: urinary tract, kidney, and dental disease, obesity, allergies, reactions to additives, chronic digestive problems, heart disease, and hyperthyroidism.
There are some high quality commercial brands, however. So, read labels carefully. But if your dog has cancer, seriously consider cooking for him or her.
Heading to the yard for a quick game of catch may seem like a harmless enough activity, but recent studies reveal that playthings made exclusively for pets contain heavy metals, such as: lead, chromium, cadmium, arsenic and mercury. Before choosing a new ball, a honking stuffed duck, or chew toy, do your research and opt for eco-friendly, non-toxic safe toys for you dog. This is particularly important if your dog’s immune system is already compromised..
Household cleaners are huge immune system suppressors. Unless you’ve gone green, your household cleansers will contain toxic chemicals, such as chlorine or ammonia.
Natural products, such as vinegar and baking soda are good cleaners. Here are some ideas for homemade natural products.