Pets With Cancer
At Arthur's Dog House this ugly thing call cancer has crept into our pet's lives. I never dreamed that our pet's would need us so much, or that we could even help them! Just this year two of our pets were diagnosed with cancer or had symptoms of cancer.
The end of January 2015, Zoe our dog was diagnosed with with a mass on her spleen that had started to bleed. Then in July 2015 our cat, Alley was having other health problems. She was getting sick all the time and our vet said that's normal, I was not happy with the answer. She could no longer keep canned or dry cat food down and was losing even more weight. So I tried a recipe, she liked it and was keeping the food down. We decided to take her to see a different vet. I explained what I was feeding her and why, he listened to me. He said right away, if this has been going on for years. It sounds like a slow growing cancer of her gastrointestinal tract. With the food I was making for her, it gave her a little over a year longer. Then it progressed into the terminal stages.
You are the biggest advocate for your pet! If your vet is not listening to you or doesn't have time for you, it's time to find a new one. No vet could have helped Alley, the prognosis for cat's with cancer is poor. But we understood and it all started to make sense, why she could not keep food down.
Alley passed two months after we found out why she was getting sick all the time, she lived to be 12 years old.
We still continue to help Zoe in the fight of her life.
We have added a link to Alley Cats Cancer Recipe that helped her to live a longer life.
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How to keep your dog cool in the hot weather
1. Walk in early morning or in the evening when it’s cooler outside.
2. Avoid walking on asphalt, it can burn the pads of your dog’s feet.
3. Don’t leave your dog in a vehicle unattended.
4. Have water and a bowl available for them to drink all the time, you can also add some ice to the water.
5. I found, that you can take a bandana and wet it with lukewarm water then place it around your dogs neck, it helps to cool them.
You may have some tips on keeping your dog cool, feel free to post them in the comments. We would love to see them!
List of Fruit and Vegetables I Feed My Dogs
This is a list of some fruits and veggies that can boost your dog’s immune system and is a great source of vitamins.
Introduce only one new fruit or vegetable at a time to help you spot any health changes like upset stomach or diarrhea.
A dog under 5 pounds you can use baby food just make sure it’s all natural nothing added. 5 pound dog 2/3 teaspoon, 10 pound dog 1 teaspoon, 25 pound dog 1 ½ teaspoons, 50 pound dog 2 Tablespoons, 75 pound dog 3 Tablespoons, 100 pound dog 4 Tablespoons, 125 pound dog 5 Tablespoons, 150 pound dog 6 Tablespoons.
Chop up small or use food processor. They can also be fed bit size pieces, as a treat.
Fruit I have fed to my dogs:
Be sure to wash all fruits in water and remove rinds, inedible skins, seeds, and pits before feeding to dogs.
Apples (fresh no seeds or core)
Bananas (fresh no skin, smashed)
Blueberries (fresh or frozen, smashed)
Pears (fresh no seeds or core)
Raspberries (fresh or frozen, smashed)
Blackberries (fresh or frozen, smashed)
Strawberries (fresh or frozen, smashed)
Cantaloupe (fresh, no seeds or rind)
Watermelon (fresh, no seeds or rind)
Veggies that I have fed to my dogs:
It’s safe for your dog's diet to contain approximately 20 per cent vegetables, but don’t over do it.
Broccoli (fresh or cooked)
Beets (canned, rinsed and drained)
Carrots (canned, rinsed and drained or fresh)
Cauliflower (fresh or cooked)
Cucumber (fresh with skin and small seeds, just washed and cut ends off)
Lettuce (fresh, some of my dogs would eat this over meat)
Bell peppers ,red, green, or yellow (fresh or frozen)
Green beans (fresh, frozen or canned, rinsed and drained)
Pumpkin (canned, 100% pure, no spices in it or fresh, steamed no seeds or skin)
Sweet potato (baked, microwave mashed or dehydrated slices)
Peas (fresh or frozen)
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Tips for Buying Healthy Dog Food
So your dog is eating kibbles or canned food, it don’t matter to me. There are ways to make that food healthier for your pet. First get a good dog food!
Read the ingredients on the bag or can of food. Look for the words chicken, beef, wheat, or rice. NOT THE WORDS chicken by-products, beef by-products, wheat bran, rice flour, rice bran or brewers rice. Your looking for whole foods that are in the bag or can.
Don’t let the photo or the name of the food sway your selection. Look for the first five ingredients on the bag or can, your looking for whole foods. Like chicken, beef, salmon, venison, wheat or rice. Plus look for whole vegetables and grains, organic ingredients are even better.
Then stay away for kibbles or canned foods that have BHT and BHA as preservatives in them, this additive can cause your pet to have cancerous tumors.
Keep in mind a average bag or can food will have 4-D animals, as protein in it. 4-D, (Meaning dead, dying, diseased or disabled.) Lets say some meat is being recalled for some food born illness and it’s unfit for human consumption, they are not going to just toss out tons of it! The are going to sell it to a dog food company, that will cook it and say it’s safe for pets. My thinking is if I can’t eat it neither is my pet.
I’m not going to recommend any dog foods, because I make all of my pets food. I do have a small bag of kibbles for my emergency/disaster area in our home. When I fostered dogs, I had no idea what the dogs new owner was going to feed the dog so I bought a good dog food and would add fruits and vegetables when feeding them.
Then if you want to change the dog over to all raw you need to make sure you have room in your fridge, freezer and an area for can goods, then you must like to cook and prepare meals. If you say NO to any of this you should stick to a good dog food and just add thing to the food.
Be sure to check out my list of foods to avoid feeding your dogs.
Check the date on bags of dog food and cans, there is a best by date on them. If you put kibbles or dog treats in a different container don’t put new food or treats on top of old, it can make your pet sick.
If you do put food or treats in a different container, wash it often with dish soap that will cut grease.
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