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One thing I hate about Facebook is seeing friends announce that their dog has been diagnosed with cancer; especially when I know the friend and their dog. I read once that one in four dogs will be diagnosed with canine cancer – that means one of my dogs may be struck down by cancer. When Scout had the mysterious fever a couple of months ago, bone cancer was mentioned, and my heart stopped.
Protecting Our Dogs from Canine Cancer
A week of antibiotics for our dogs cured what ailed him (we never found out what the problem was), and we dodged a bullet. But the close call stuck with me and I've made a point of being vigilant about their diet and health:
- we feed fresh foods and avoid processed foods
- we feed our dogs treats with limited ingredients and minimal processing
- we found a new holistic vet who is conservative about vaccinations, antibiotics and is pro-raw feeding
- we switched to an all natural dog shampoo (4-Legger) to further limit their exposure to toxins
- we continue to use Wondercide flea and tick repellent products instead of chemical products
- we add Olewo beets to our dogs' meals, because it's a natural detox and provides powerful antioxidants
I feel like a crazy person! Despite all that I do, one of our dogs still may develop cancer, so I make a point of doing at home exams so that if a growth appears, I can have it addressed immediately.
Isn't there a better way?
Adding Turmeric to Our Dog's Diet
When I became a raw feeder, I learned about the benefits of turmeric for our dogs. This spice that I've never thought two seconds about can slow the growth or stop the growth of a cancerous tumor. There is a Facebook group that is full of information on how to find the best quality turmeric, how to add it to our dog's diet, and the members share convincing success stories.
So I add turmeric powder to our dogs' food:
- turmeric powder (sourced through our local raw food co-op)
- ground pepper (to aid in absorption into our dog's system)
- cinnamon (to prevent the cat pee smell that comes out of their pores)
I've been told that I'm doing it wrong. I need to create a turmeric paste for our dogs, but I know people who use a powder in this way and have had success, so I'm sticking to my plan.
But what if there was something better?
A Supplement that Fights Canine Cancer
Source: Press Release
When Dorla Salling received the devastating diagnosis of terminal cancer at a checkup for her 10-year old Basset Hound named Rosie, she was desperate to find a solution, which became the inspiration for K9 Medicinals™. At the time, Rosie was given two weeks to live.
“Dorla discovered K9 Immunity™; an immune-boosting daily supplement specifically formulated to help dogs boost their immunity and prevent serious illnesses like cancer. Dorla was skeptical at first, but decided to give it a shot. Within the first day taking K9 Immunity™, Rosie perked up slightly. Within three days, her appetite improved and her energy level increased.”
Rosie’s cancer was so advanced, the vet expected her to deteriorate rapidly. But with K9 Immunity™, Rosie continued improving and maintained a high quality of life until her final rest at 13-years old, which is an unusually long life for a Bassett Hound.
With this supplement, Dorla received the gift of three more years with her Rosie. So she spread the word and ultimately established the family-owned company, K9 Medicinals™.
K9 Immunity™ is an all-natural and safe supplement that has helped over one million canine cancer patients. Nearly every one of them showed a noticeable improvement within days, all by naturally strengthening their immune system. This proprietary formula activates all 260 different classes of immune cells to help your dog fight cancer in two critical ways: Keeps existing cells healthy as they replicate and rids damaged cells (like cancer cells) before they can multiply. It is the proven and affordable way to significantly boost a dog's fight against cancer.
K9 Medicinals™ website provides pet owners with several informative and comforting dog cancer books such as, ‘The Dog Cancer Survival Guide’ by Dr. Damian Dressler.
No pet owner wants to experience hearing the words from their vet that their beloved dog has cancer,” expresses Dorla, “Prevention is always key, which is why we strongly recommend K9 Medicinals products for our healthy pups too. It’s our goal to help pet families everywhere maintain good health for their dog and reduce risk of future illness!
- Learn more at: http://www.k9medicinals.com/.
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K9Medicinals/
- Twitter: @K9Medicinals
Ingredients in K9 Medicinals Supplements
Active Ingredients per 4500 mg SOFT CHEW:
- Certified Organic K9 Immunity™ Immune-activating Polysaccharide Blend 600 mg
- Aps 40™ Beef derived Immuno-protein concentrate 160 mg
- Omega 3 Concentrate from Fish Oil 400 mg yielding Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 66 mg & Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 44 mg
Inactive Ingredients for wafering: chicken liver, fish meal, glycerin, lecithin, maltodextrin, potato flour, potato starch, flaxseed meal, calcium propionate, mixed tocopherols, phosphoric acid.
Contains no sugar or corn syrup.
I don't know much about this supplement, but looking at the ingredients, I do have concerns about the potato starch, potato flour, and maltodextrin. It would seem that the potato starch, potato flour, and maltodextrin (a common food additive that is absorbed into the body as glucose) would feed cancerous tumors.
Potatoes, Starch, and Canine Cancer
When I did some homework aka online research, I found several articles that supported my belief that potatoes are bad for dogs and feed cancer cells.
- In this article on the B-Naturals site, the author states we should “avoid or use sparingly, the starchy types of vegetables, such as potatoes, yams, carrots, green peas, sweet potatoes and winter squash (hard rind squashes). I would probably avoid all grains if possible.”
- This article on Pets.TheNest.com explains that “white potatoes have a higher glycemic index than sweet potatoes, and they may cause more insulin and blood sugar problems for diabetic dogs. The higher carbohydrate level may also contribute to obesity.”
- This article by Dog-Health-Guide.org shares that complex sugars aka complex carbohydrates “supply muscle energy, but also fuel cancer cells.” Complex sugars are found in potatoes, bread, cereal, grain, rice, vegetables, fruits, and pasta.
However, I kept returning to Dorla's experience with her dog Rosie. It made me realize that maybe it's about quantity. This was confirmed by the scientists who helped Dorla with this formulation. The reason potato starch and maltodextrin are used in this product are to make it hold together, tasty for dogs, and maintain a reasonable shelf life. These ingredients were an alternative to using corn syrup or other sugars.
Given that information, I chose to focus on the testimonials from other dog owners who gave their dogs K9 Immunity™.
Other Blog Posts About Canine Cancer
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- Rodney Habib, Vegetables, Canine Cancer, and the Keto Diet
- 10 Foods that May Prevent Dog Cancer
- Learn How To Protect Your Dog from Cancer
- 10 Early Warning Signs of Dog Cancer
- 7 Reasons Why Raw Feeding Doesn't Prevent Cancer
- How a 14 Year Old Dog Beat Canine Cancer