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Cancer: what to do when your dog is diagnosed

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  1. Holly

    Rodney Habib just did a great TEDx presentation about this very subject. He too, pointed out the benefits of nutrition when it comes to preventing, and treating cancer. I lost my last dog to cancer and 6 months before him, I lost an elderly cat to cancer, as well. An acquaintance of mine did Reiki for my dog. It made a huge difference. When it was time to let him go, she did Reiki from her home. My guy closed his eyes, breathed a huge sigh, and then we helped him pass. I would guess that the reason cats don’t get cancer as often as dogs is because many cats are indoor so they usually aren’t covered with monthly flea preventatives, given monthly heart worm pills and aren’t exposed to toxic lawn chemicals. Here’s Rodney’s TED talk.

    1. Susan

      Holly thanks for the link. I had wanted to watch this. Rodney is an awesome speaker and I hope everyone will watch this that is concerned about cancer in pets. It’s a no brainer, once you see it.

  2. Phyllis White

    We lost three cats to cancer in the past 2.5 years, so I have my doubts about the cancer rate for cats not being as high as for dogs. Though that may be true, cancer in cats must certainly be on the rise. I truly suspect that it’s the horrible foods, even among the best of them, that is to blame – it is all contaminated in some way, as is the human food supply. When I was researching options for treating my kitties, so much of what would work for a dog won’t work for a cat – their physiology is just different enough that some things are toxic to cats that aren’t for dogs. There is a program called The Truth About Cancer created by Ty Bollinger that is about human cancer and has lots of amazing information, and being as distraught about my one kitty last year as I was, I even asked if he could develop a similar program dedicated to cats, but I never heard back. I still wish for such a program – with feline cancer on the rise, so many kitty parents would love to have good, solid information available all in one place that they could refer to.

    1. Madeleine Fisher Kern

      Thank you for the comment for I was just about to criticize the title of this headline for not including cats.

  3. Dianne & pets

    It would be interesting to split the cat statistics t differentiate between cats that never go out and cats that do. It would also be interesting to see a breakdown of cats depending on the number of vaccinations received.

  4. Marcus

    What vaccines are cancerous? Isn’t majority of vaccines simply, just a small dose of the virus to create antibodies? Please explain what vaccines and boosters are cause for concern and what are you supposed to do, seems like a no win situation. Feeding raw is very very hard in my opinion, not from a money standpoint but from acquiring the food. I feed the honest kitchen and also home cook.

    1. Holly

      Most vaccinations have adjuvants, something added to the vaccine to help the body’s response to the vax. In most case, the adjuvants are mercury and aluminum. The increase in cancers in cats, namely Fibrosarcoma, is the reason vaccinations are no longer given just in the scruff of the neck and are recommended to be given every 3 years rather than yearly. There are now adjuvent free vaccinations, but many vets don’t, or won’t use them. Our vets don’t need any boosters, with the exception of rabies as required by law, when they are adults. If in doubt about their immunity to certain diseases, you can have vaccination titers done.

      1. Holly

        Woops. Or pets, not vets. Though they probably don’t need vaccination boosters, either.

    2. Jane

      I switched to a homemade raw food diet about a year and a half ago, when my brain started working…and I realized that I was paying $2+ per pound for garbage in a pretty bag. I realized that I can go to the market and buy meat for that price. For a while I bought whatever meat I could find at my local market; I recommend that you do a search for local meat suppliers for restaurants, which is where I buy my meat now.(frozen raw meat and chicken necks). For the veggie mix, I buy almost everything at Costco; they have a great selection of organic foods! I buy only organic for many reasons; at Costco I buy sweet potatoes,broccoli, sliced apples, chia seeds, coconut oil if it doesn’t come from Southeast Asia (if it does, I buy Nutiva at Whole Foods, where I also found the best price on turmeric) I add a small amount of black pepper to make the turmeric more bio-available, and at the local market I buy organic greens: lots of chard, some dandelion green or spinach. I have 4 large Northern Breed dogs, so I make a huge batch and freeze enough to last us a month or so. If you are already making your dog food, it just takes lining up where you can get the ingredients; and after a few batches, it doesn’t seem like so much work!

  5. marc romano

    We just lost our Golden to hemangiosarcoma. I think this piece is misleading by suggesting that as much as 90% 0f cancer is preventable. Data from several credible sources certainly doesn’t paint such a rosy picture about the ability to prevent cancer in dogs. Moreover, if you’re going to write about such a deeply important subject, providing such data along with basic information about diet and nutrition is insufficient. The subject matter is far too complex, and a great number of dog owners are desperately searching for a clear path toward prevention and treatment in an environment where too many veterinarians are not on the ball and others are peddling mushrooms as a miracle cure in an effort to take advantage of dog owners who are in a deeply vulnerable state.

    1. Geneva Coats

      Neutering, regardless of the age at which it is done, was found to double the risk for hemangiosarcoma in male Golden Retrievers in a 2013 study. There are some things we can do (and not do) to lower risks.

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