Why would I be writing an email about dog health?
Well at the moment my heart is hurting. And my hope is what I have to share with you will prevent you from going through the experience we did over the past year and half.
Monday we had to put our family dog down.
She was only 8 years old. We lost her at a time when most dogs become their best. And she had the sweetest most loving temperament you’ve ever seen in a dog.
What happened? Why did we lose her so early?
A year ago and half ago she was diagnosed with lymphoma.
When we got her diagnosis, we were stunned. We took impeccable care of her. Or at least we thought. We fed her high quality grain free organic dog food. Took her on walks daily. We are careful about the chemicals that our entire family is exposed to in our home using lots of natural cleaners. We didn’t spray our lawns or use chemicals in our garden.
How could our beloved dog get lymphoma?
We went to multiple vets. They all said the same thing. Lymphoma is the most common type of cancer for dogs and is dramatically on the rise. And our breed of dog is known to have a genetic predisposition for cancer.
Our options for treatment were not great either. Drugs & chemo gave us any where from 6 months to a year of life. If we did nothing, she would be dead within a month of her diagnosis.
It gave me insight as to what families go through when given a cancer diagnosis. It’s scary. You feel hopeless. And the more medical approach is very doom and gloom.
Dr. Charles Majors, a friend and mentor of mine, who had received a stage 4 diagnosis of multiple myeloma taught me….
You have to look for the CAUSE of cancer. What got out of balance in the body for healthy cells to turn into cancer cells?
So I did. I went searching for the cause. I researched the heck out of toxins and what they do to dogs. I analyzed what type of food a dog benefits from the most.
Here’s where you come in. And what I want to share with you.
What I learned blew me away.
Most of you have heard me say this before, we are exposed to more toxins than ever in human history. And people are suffering with their health because of it. Well it turns out that dogs are suffering from this toxic overload even more.
And if I had understood this prior to my dog’s diagnosis, I know we could have added a few more years to her life.
My prayer is that the information I am about to share with you, will save your family from going through the pain we are experiencing today.
So let’s get to it. Here’s what you need to know to prevent cancer in your dog:
1.Dogs are the canary in the coalmine.
They are licking and eating many things on the ground, our furniture, in our backyards, etc. Because our environment is more toxic than ever, our dogs are getting a barrage of toxins like never before.
In our dog’s case, she was a licker. She licked everything. One of the things she licked the heck out of was a vinyl couch. Couches are known to have flame retardants in them. These flame retardants are known carcinogens and have a half life of 5 to 7 years. That means that it takes 5-7 years for 50% of the flame retardant to get out of the body. No doubt that was long enough to turn on some cancer genes.
Be sure to look at your home environment. Furniture, chemicals used in the garden, plastic dog toys, all of that makes a difference.
2.Dogs don’t thrive on dog food
First off I want to point out that I am not a vet. But I have talked extensively with my holistic vet who recommends many of the same food choices I recommend to my human patients.
As I researched foods, I discovered that the ketogenic diet is one of the best for dogs (sound familiar?). As soon as we got our dog’s diagnosis we took her off dog food and put her on meat, vegetables, and fat diet. All organic non-gmo. We also immediately started intermittent fasting her, taking away her morning meal.
What happened when we changed her food was incredible. She leaned out. Hair got shiny and felt soft and silky. And her energy and personality perked up. She looked like she did when she was a puppy.
Please have a conversation with your vet about a ketogenic diet. If you vet doesn’t know what you are talking about, get a new vet. I love our holistic vet. If you are local, email me at email@example.com and I will send you her info.
3.Dogs thrive on burst walks
Again same principles that apply to dogs as do to humans. I found some research from a place called Ketopet sanctuary in Texas. They take dogs with cancer and put them on a ketogenic diet and metabolically train them. What does that mean?
Metabolic training is how you drive oxygen to your cells. It happens when you push yourself aerobically. Short sprints force oxygen into your lungs and your heart rate to accelerate. This in turn nourishes our cells. The ketopet sanctuary does this extensively with dogs with cancer. We did it when we walked her, periodically running or walking fast to get her out of breath.
4.Dogs can benefit from a detox & gut repair
You all know that I am such a believer that we should be detoxing several times a year. It’s truly the only way you can combat the adverse effects of this toxic world. Well it turns out that dogs can benefit from detoxing as well.
The supplements we use in our office are food based. No synthetic fillers. And they have been tested for the presence of heavy metals. I put a mixture of high quality supplements in my dogs dish every night. And I strongly feel this was one of the keys to her outliving her predicted prognosis.
I am in the process of working out a specific protocol with the guidance of my holistic vet for detoxing dogs. If you want more information about that protocol, just email Jessica@familylifewellness.com and title email dog detox protocol. She will send you the info when it’s finished.
I hope you all benefit from what we learned with out dog. It was really an eye opening experience for me. We still have two other dogs and plan on continuing to apply the above principles to keep them healthy.
If you have a dog with lymphoma, reach out to me. I am happy to share with you more details of our journey.
Hope that helps! Have an amazing day.