All about Leo
I am very sad to report that we lost our dog Leo to cancer last Thursday Actually, we are not quite sure - he stopped eating and after several trips to the vet and all kinds of tests (x-ray, ultrasound, blood panels, antibiotics, then meds for stomach upset, predisone, etc. etc) they found ulcers in his mouth. One rather large ulcer was removed and sent in and the diagnosis was melanoma. The mouth/ulcers were healing up with treatment and he should have started to eat, but he would not.
He was restless, skittish, and without energy, and of course lost a lot of weight very rapidly. Our vet referred us to a clinic with specialists who were unable to find anything definitive that would explain why he was not eating, and rather that starting with MRI and endoscopy etc. we decided to let him go. He was so miserable and seeing him not getting better at all, we did not want him to have to suffer any longer.
He is a rescue so no history on him. Vet diagnosed thyroid disease about 9 months ago, which is controlled well with daily pills now. His weight is almost where it should be now.
Leo, the Great Pyrenese mix is a very unique character, who was picked up as a stray, escaped from the shelter and it took a while for them to recapture him. When he was picked up he had heartworm and was subsequently treated with injections - the kind where he had to be crated for a long time. We also found that he had been shot with bird shot at some point in his life. We adopted him when he was about five years old (in the spring of 2012) and started him on raw a few months later. He is now a happy enough dog, who seems finally comfortable in his home and with his people.
We have opted to keep vaccinations to a minimum for both dogs (probably only rabies - the one that is good for three years) and we are also cutting out the flea and tick topic (K9 Advantage or Frontline) and are using rose geranium oil to repel the little buggers. That seemed to work pretty well last summer - maybe it is due to their overall better health now that they are being fed raw. I hope so. As for the heartworm prevention, we started to only give it every other month and will probably only give it to them two or three times this year in the height of summer (we live in New England) Of course, they will have a yearly heartworm test.
Hopefully all of this combined will help keep them healthy longer and help them grow older than our last dogs who died of cancer at age 10 and 11
Disclaimer: I'm not a medical professional and the advices I provide are based on 18 years of private research and personal experience with raw feeding and different natural remedies for keeping dogs cancer free. I always recommend seeing a professional veterinarian (preferable a holistic) if you suspect any health issues with your pet.
I lost a dog to cancer and I was determined to never let that happen again, which is why I share this information. Too many pets die from cancer and I know it can be prevented in most cases and many lives can be saved.
All I want in return is your story. I'm building an archive of success stories that will hopefully show other pet owners that there is a natural approach to beating and preventing cancer.
If you decide to follow what I suggest, you do this entirely at your own risk.
Over the last 18 years, I have helped pet owners make the switch to raw food and I’ve helped owners that have pets with cancer to beat the disease using a natural method.
I have built up a reputation and the sheer number of owners that need help has become overwhelming. I'm doing this alone and I'm spending every free minute of my free time helping pets so they can live long, healthy lives; that's my life mission.
Sadly, I have to limit the ones I help. It breaks my heart to do so because I know what a horrible feeling it is to have a pet with cancer – I have been there. I am only able to help the ones that take part in my research project. My research and the documentation of the benefits of raw feeding, plus the many stories about how alternative natural cancer treatments and prevention
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