Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Fight Begins - Cancer: Part 2

It starts with a diagnosis…something just wasn’t right. Now a blood profile shows cancer. Stay calm. I know that’s not easy. But now we have identified the problem…I can work with that. My prayer is, it has been caught early…always practice prevention, even so, things can happen that are out of our control, and we are offered little or no explanation. So now that we know, it’s time to be pro-active. This is where it kicks into full gear.
Reduce the stress in your dog’s environment…if it’s typically noisy, and in the past that has bothered your pet…find a quiet place he/she can retreat to, to get away from it. It is an absolute must that the surroundings are non-toxic. Don’t smoke around your pet…clean up the house with environmentally safe cleaners, and get the smell out of the house! If you can’t quit smoking…go outside to smoke! (I’m not going to apologize for my suggestions, by the way…this is serious business here!)
Nutrition is your first defense! It’s time to throw out the junk food…no more of that! Don’t think you’re doing your dog any favors by feeding it a fast food hamburger…that’s not what he needs…don’t do something that will just ‘feed’ the cancer! This isn’t the place to start the guilt trip. Cancer has many causes, and many processes have to take place in the body for cancer to take hold…there is no one cause that dictates. What your dog eats at this point can be the difference between slowing the cancer down, putting it in remission…or it becoming full blown and out of control. You are responsible for what your dogs gets to eat - make it the right choice! And be consistent! This cannot be hit-or-miss.
I will not be going into great detail in any one particular article on cancer. I will give it in bits and pieces so it is not overwhelming. Understand it will take effort and time…on your part. I hope you love your dog enough that you feel it’s worth it, because I can guarantee you…your dog will fight it…and it’s important you join in the fight!
I can not stress enough the importance of buying organic…if you can’t do it for yourself…please purchase it for your dog who has cancer. Oatmeal and brown rice are good choices for complex carbohydrates…will help allow a better source of energy…and contain substances that are cancer fighters! Don’t let this be the mainstay of the diet…variety and balance is very important. You’ve got to pace yourself…you’re in it for the long-haul. Don’t expect overnight miracles…it takes time to turn around serious health issues. I will be offering many more tips and suggestions on getting through cancer with your dog. Patience and lots of extra love are necessary. You are the care-giver…give all you can because you’re all your dog has!

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