I’ve seen much too much cancer in the lives of my beloved pets over the years. My first two dogs back in the 80’s & 90’s both died from multiple tumors, neither of which showed any signs of feeling sick or showed signs of discomfort, until they nearly collapsed. I’ve learned a lot about my canine and feline family members since those days, thankfully enough to be able to take better care of my furry companions and understand the early warning signs . . . even before they do.
1 in every 4 dogs die of canine cancer and 32 percent of all cats over 10 years of age will die from some type of cancer. Though chemotherapy and radiation are often treatments offered by our veterinarians, I’ve never opted for that route. Personally I can not imagine putting a pet through treatments that are so difficult for we humans to endure. The best treatment is preventative. From the time your pet is young, get them used to being rubbed and touched on every inch of their bodies. I do this every day as our form of hugs, both on my cat and my dog. This process allows you to feel any swelling, lumps or small sores that may not heal.
This method identified a crusty nipple on my male cat many years ago. I took him in thinking he’d been chewing on it, only to be given the devastating news that he had Lymphoma with three months to live. I was not willing to do the traditional treatments, filling his remaining time with the sickness that comes from chemotherapy, so my search for a holistic alternative. To keep a long story short, I found an old Chinese Herbal Tea that had reduced and/or eliminated Lymphomas in both humans and dogs; with the support of my veterinarian, Budd began taking enjoying tea time four times a day. He underwent x-rays every month for the first three and with no tumors evident, x-ray checks went to every three months. The 3-month death sentence Budd was given turned into 2 & 1/2 years of normal happy life for him with each tumor check coming up clean. Sadly, he went quickly after developing an infection in the nail bed of one of his claws, with his immune system severely compromised, this was enough for his body to give in. But I had more than two years with my friend and learned from that experience the importance of early detection.
Be diligent from day to day, know every inch of your pet’s body, recognize their routines and understand them so well that you NOTICE something is just a little off. ANYTHING out of the ordinary that lasts more than 72-hours could be your ONLY warning sign!
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