How To Support Dogs With Cancer

By Madeleine Innocent

Learning how to support dogs with cancer can be a real eye opener. Why? Because it teaches you what the causes are. Once you are aware of these causes and take appropriate action, you can expect a full recovery. This presupposes your dog has not passed what is known as the tipping point; ie the point where the dog themselves have given up.

Where or when that occurs is unknown, so it’s always a good idea to start with the premise that they haven’t yet reached that point.

There is the potential for cancer in every being. However, the majority of us don’t succumb to it.

However, the incidents of cancer in everyone, not just dogs, has increased dramatically in the last few decades.

It really doesn’t matter what type the cancer is, what the area affected is, whether it is osteosarcoma, lymphoma, fibrosarcoma, melanoma, thyroid carcinoma or anal gland carcinoma. All cancers are as a result of the human interference with the natural, and healthy, order of life.

The role of the immune system in dogs with cancer

The immune system is designed to keep the body healthy. In everyone. So what matters is focusing on that. Forget about the cancer. If you focus on restoring the health of the immune system, the body will automatically take care of the cancer.

Understand that a dog with cancer will have a struggling immune system. There is no question of that.

If you have ever looked at the idea of epigenetics, you will have come across the idea that it’s the environment, not the genetics, that’s important for anyone who is ill.

The environment consists of three essential parts, each of which can be broken down into finer points.

The three essential parts for a dog to be and remain in good health

  1. Their physical environment; eg living conditions, shelter, exercise
  2. Their emotional environment; eg company, love, their place in the pack
  3. Their diet

Most people reading this will have a healthy physical environment for their dog, because that is not hard to understand.

However, their emotional environment, and especially the diet, can be quite unhealthy. Not deliberately. More because they don’t know or get the wrong advice.

All of us have experienced this and regreted not knowing earlier.

Getting the emotional environment right

Dogs are pack animals. They need their pack for emotional support. The human family, along with any other animals, are the substitute pack. Contact is vital with dogs. They need company and contact available all the time.

To leave a dog outside on their own is passive cruelty. They feel very insecure, lonely and abandoned. New puppies are especially vulnerable to this, having just left the warm embrace of mother and litter mates.

If you have to crate a puppy, to contain the inevitable mess, then at least have them in the same room as someone. The radio is no substitute.

Getting the diet right

This is a non-negotiable essential part of supporting dogs with cancer. Or dogs with any illness.

A massive, international industry has built up around dog food. Initially, the marketing was to ridicule the common (and incidentally often healthy) way of feeding dogs with table scraps (when humans eat healthier food than they do today). This was often supplemented with a bone.

Although in some incidents, this diet wasn’t always complete or fully nutritious, at least it was not harmful. Today, all commercial dog food is toxic and harmful for two reasons.

Firstly the food is inferior as it essentially is made up of human food waste or excess, often rotting.
Second, the chemicals used to preserve, to colour, to flavour, to stimulate an appetite are extremely toxic. They are not allowed in human food because of their high levels of toxicity.

If a dog is fed, over the years, an inferior quality of food laced with toxic chemicals, can you expect them to be healthy?

When you feed a dog more in keeping with how a wolf, their close cousins, eats, then you can expect a dramtic improvement in the health of the immune system, And along with that, a falling away of ill health

Hoiwever, it may not be all plain sailing.

Feeding a healthy raw meat and bones diet will stimulate a healthy de-tox period. This is absolutely essential for the dog to regain health, but can look alarming to most people. And vets have no understanding of this.

Normally this doesn’t last long, but working with a health professional who understands this can be comforting.

Once you appreciate the causes of ill health, learning how to support dogs with cancer becomes easy, can be dramtically effective and is not expensive or traumatic. You’re dealing with the cause, rather than trying to patch up the effect with more toxic drugs.

How can more toxins be helpful?

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