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A holistic approach for pets they have cancer

 A holistic approach to helping pets suffering from cancer

Cancer is a disease that was virtually unknown in cats and dogs before the industrial manufacturing of pet food.

We must add that air pollution (air pollutants) and chemical products to which our pets are excessively exposed (flea products, vaccines, dewormers, etc.) are also likely to trigger a process leading to cancer.

As it is the case with humans, some treatments (chemotherapy, for example) can stop the progress of certain cancers and even lead to remission.

Are also likely to trigger a process leading to cancer. As it is the case with humans, some treatments (chemotherapy, for example) can stop the progress of certain cancers and even lead to remission.

Unfortunately, these treatments are very expensive and not everyone can afford them. However, thanks to the holistic approach, we can extend the life of our pets and help older pets with cancer end their days comfortable and with no suffering. How?

Essentially, all commercial food (even the good food) must be avoided.

It is very important that your pet eats meat (raw, if possible) and green vegetables, very little rice or other starchy food (cancer cells feed on starches). If your pet is anorexic (as it is often the case in pets with cancer), give little jars of human baby food (meat and vegetable purées) or prepare the purées yourself. Let your pet eat as much as it wants.

It is also a good idea to give your pet vitamin and mineral supplements (available from your veterinarian) or some homemade healthy powder (see recipe below). A vitamin C supplement is also recommended with a dosage of 1 g (1,000 mg) per 6.8 kg (15 lbs.); give half of the dose in the morning and the other half at night.

Finally, preventive drugs (dewormers, vaccines, flea products, etc.), just like commercial food, should be avoided.

√  If your dog is undergoing chemotherapy or another chemical treatment, and vomits after treatment sessions, you should give it cooked oatmeal with milk and honey when it feels ready to eat20. This meal full of easily digestible proteins, vitamins, minerals and sugars will give your dog energy. For a cat, feed it homemade or readymade chicken purée. You can give cats and dogs juices or beverages containing sugars and electrolytes

(Pedialyte®, Gatorade, Electramine®) to prevent dehydration. If your pet has frequent nausea, brew a ginger tea (boil the root for 10 to 15 minutes in water with a bit of added sugar and honey).

Herbal blend for strength

To help your pet to get through a disease or stressful period (disease, allergies, fear, etc.) The herbal blend recommended below is rich in vitamins and minerals and constitutes a fortifying supplement to help your pet regain its vital energy.

It is preferable to buy fresh herbs. Wash them thoroughly and let them air dry. You can store the blend in a glass jar away from light. Add it to your pet’s daily meals.

Fortifying herbal blend

Spirulina (green algae)

Nettle leaves or stems (Urtica dioica)

Dandelion leaves (Taraxacum officinale)

Alfalfa leaves or stems (Medicago sativa)

Preparation

Wash the herbs thoroughly and let them air dry. Crush them and combine equal portions of each to the blend.

 Dosage

–      For cats: 2.5 ml (½ tsp.) per day;

–      For dogs: 5 ml (1 tsp.) per 454 g (1 lb.) of prepared food per day.

Source: L. G. Tilford and L. W. Tilford, All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets (Irvine, California: Bow Tie Press, 1999).

Healthy powder for pets they have cancer

–       500 ml (2 cups) of nutritious yeast (torula*) [contains B vitamins]

–       250 ml (1 cup) of lecithin granules (contain linoleic acid [omega-6] and support the digestion of fats)

–       60 ml (¼ cup) of seaweed powder (kelp) [excellent source of minerals]

–       25 ml (5 tsp.) of eggshell powder**

–       1,000 mg of vitamin C (in tablets or powder)

–       500 mg of taurine powder (optional, but preferable for cats)

*  If you cannot find torula yeast, you can replace it with another nutritious yeast.

** Wash the eggshells, dry them in the oven at 150 °C (300 °F) for 10 minutes and crush them finely (a crushed eggshell yields approximately 10 ml [2 tsp.] and provides 3,600 mg of calcium). You can substitute eggshells with 60 ml (¼ cup) of bone meal or calcium tablets (you will need 9,000 mg tablets; read the label to see how much calcium a tablet contains).

Source: Adapted from H. R. Pitcairn and S. Hubble Pitcairn, Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (Emmaus, Philadelphia: Rodale Press, 1995), p. 39.

√  For a richer supplement, add alfalfa. Clean it thoroughly and let the leaves and stalks dry. Store the alfalfa in a glass jar. Add it to food, along with Dr. Pitcairn’s healthy powder. Feed it to your pet 2 to 4 times a week (1.25 ml [¼ tsp.] daily for cats and 2.5 to 5 ml [½ to 1 tsp.] daily for dogs).

 Healthy powder dosage (according to Dr. Pitcairn)

–       For cats and small dogs: 5 to 10 ml (1 to 2 tsp.) daily;

–       For medium-sized dogs: 10 to 15 ml (2 to 3 tsp.) daily;

–       For large dogs: 15 to 30 ml (1 to 2 tbsp.) daily.

√  Add this healthy powder to homemade meals and commercial food.

 Herbal teas to treat pets with cancer

 GOLDEN-SEAL HERBAL TEA

Golden-seal herbal tea (Hydrastis canadensis), made with a plant also called “golden root”, can be given to the animal throughout cancer treatment and during recovery21. Pets suffering from cancer often have a weak immune system and this herb has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects that can help prevent secondary ailments from developing. Here is the recipe :

–      Golden-seal (Hydrastis canadensis) [roots]

Preparation

1. Measure 5 ml (1 tsp.) of dried golden-seal roots or 15 ml (1 tbsp.) of fresh roots.

2. Bring to a boil 250 ml (1 cup) of water.

3. Pour boiling water over the roots and allow to infuse for 15 minutes.

4. Filter and let cool.

A holistic approach

Source: H. R. Pitcairn and S. Hubble Pitcairn, Natural Health for Dogs and Cats (Emmaus, Philadelphia: Rodale Press, 1995).

Serve this herbal tea to your pet (preferably without any food or with very little food) three times a day:

– For cats: 2.5 ml (½ tsp.);

– For dogs: 5 ml (1 tsp.) per 9 to 18 kg (20 to 40 lbs.).

√  You can substitute golden-seal herbal tea with capsules of dried golden-seal root and rhizome powder, available in natural product stores. Dosage should be as follows:

–½ capsule daily for cats and small dogs;

–1 capsule daily for medium-sized dogs;

–2 capsules daily for large dogs.

Chantale Robinson B.Sc T.S.A

www.kilookas.com

Excerpt from the book « Mon animal mange t’il bien » de Chantale Robinson

Disponible sur www.clanimal.com

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