I was told that my dog has Canine Lymphoma a little over a month ago.
When you are told your pet has cancer. That is such a helpless feeling. How do you explain and help them cope with what is to come? That is what happen to us over a month ago. So let me apologize for not writing on my blog for a while. I was trying to find information that might help us get though this.
This is my Curley one of my three dogs, who has been diagnosed with Canine Lymphoma and given 6 to 8 months to live. When you take on the responsibility of owning a pet they require your constant, lifelong care in all aspects of their lives. Animals show their emotions in their eyes and body movements and for the most part are excellent patients; they trust that you will make the best decisions on their behalf.
Of course you have to make decision on what is best for them. Do you put them through more test, more operations, radiation or chemotherapy? These procedures can be very expensive, painful and very traumatic for your pet and also so heart wrenching for you.
Nobody knows exactly what causes cancer in cats and dogs but a number of risk factors have been identified including stress, pollution, colorings and preservatives and a poor diet. These factors and others can damage your pet’s immune system and a compromised immune system damages the body’s natural ability to fight cancerous cells.
Finding out that your pet has cancer is devastating but before you give way to grief, and hopelessness. You need to find out as much as possible about your pet’s condition so that you can provide him with optimum care.
Find out what type of treatments are available and consider which would be suitable for your pet’s condition. In addition to conventional treatments (which are often effective although extremely harsh) there are a number of alternative treatments which have proved extremely helpful in treating cancer in pets, including acupuncture, aromatherapy and homeopathy.
The only real defense against cancer is the immune system. Everyone gets cancer every day but if the immune system is where it should be those cancer cells are eliminated and we never know it. Once a person (or an animal) has developed cancer, even though treatments get it into remission, it will recur again unless the body conditions that allowed it to develop in the first place are corrected.
We all know the importance of an optimal immune system, not only after surgical procedures or fighting disease and serious illness, but also in your pet’s everyday wellness.
Should your pets diagnosis be confirmed, the full spectrum of both conventional and alternative treatments are available, from chemotherapy and laser surgery to herbal therapy, acupuncture, and touch therapy.
Wish me luck as I try to find the best choice for my pal and one of my best friends. Will keep you updated on Curley.
To You and Your Pets Health,