Wellness

I am firmly committed to improving the health of as many pets as possible.  I want you to have many happy, care-free years with your pet.  Although my programs are specifically designed to help prevent cancer, they will improve the health of all pets.  I sincerely hope that you never have hear the word ‘cancer’ associated with your pet. There are many things that can affect the health of your pet, and ultimately lead to the formation of cancer.  My wellness plan includes some fundamental principles that we can use to dramatically  improve your pet’s health and prevent the development of more serious disease.

This plan will support the health of your pet for its entire life. It will require a commitment from you to follow through with the recommendations and spend some time learning about different options that are not necessarily mainstream.

The key elements of the program include:

Proper nutrition
Here are some healthy tips for your pet’s diet:

  1. Feed the freshest diet possible, ideally a balanced raw diet. All dry and canned foods are processed at high temperatures which can both destroy nutrients, and make some others toxic.
  2. Home-prepared meals are challenging to prepare properly.  It is typically more cost effective and better nutrition for your pet to buy an appropriately balanced and well sourced commercial raw diet.
  3. Nose to tail nutrition helps complete the diet.  Most meat based diets focus on the muscle portion, which is actually the least nutritious part of the animal.  Organ meats such as liver, kidney, heart, lung, brain, and others are incredibly rich in vitamins and minerals.  Feeding an adequate amount of these in the diet is an ideal way to provide complete nutrition in a whole food formulation.
  4. Be sure that all ingredients are well-sourced – organic, pasture-raised, and fed an appropriate diet.  Ruminants such as cows and sheep are not meant to eat corn and other grains.  In fact, they are toxic to them, and fed in large amounts only to add weight before slaughter.
  5. A ketogenic diet is particularly important for cancer patients, but can help with a number of other health issues as well.
  6. Use only filtered or spring water.  Reverse osmosis is the most complete form of filtration but you will need to add a mineral supplement afterwards

Minimizing vaccines
Vaccinations are far from benign; in fact, they can be a contributing factor in the formation of many disease processes, including cancer.  Unfortunately, this phenomenon is not widely recognized in conventional medicine. I believe that this is an extremely important part of cancer prevention and general wellness.

Prior to vaccinating your pet, I use the following steps to assure maximum safety:

  1. Determine your pet’s vaccination history.
  2. Evaluate the current level of immunity by doing a titre test to measure antibody levels.
  3. Consider your pet’s risk of exposure to the diseases that we have vaccines for.
  4. Evaluate the overall health of your pet.  Only completely healthy pets should receive vaccinations.  In Colorado, a Rabies exemption is an option for pets with any disease process.
  5. Check for upcoming or past medical treatments or procedures. Pets should never receive vaccines within 14 days of any anesthetic procedure.
  6. Please be aware of legal requirements from your county and state, plus requirements from facilities such as daycare, grooming, and boarding

Reducing the need for conventional pharmaceuticals
There is sometimes a need for more conventional pharmaceuticals when treating your pet. For short-term use, or when improving quality of life, they are sometimes the best option. I never consider them a first-line though, and treat with natural options whenever possible.

Detoxification
It is impossible in today’s world to completely eliminate the exposure to toxins. There are toxins that damage cells irreparably, compromise the immune system, and contribute to the expression of genes that lead to disease formation. Feeding well-sourced, pastured animal products is an important start here. We must also look at water, chemicals in the home environment and where you take your pet for walks and other activities. Food dishes, toys and bedding can be laden with chemicals, as can the carpeting and furniture in your home. Electromagnetic frequencies from electronic devices have been proven to have damaging effects on the cells in the body. In addition to minimizing exposure to toxins, we will use herbal support to assist the body in eliminating toxins that may have already accumulated.

Diagnostic testing
With dogs and cats, we often do not see the signs of disease until it is more advanced, making it much harder to treat. This is especially true for cats, who are experts at hiding early symptoms.

Routine blood-work, along with specific tests for thyroid and other hormonal imbalances, x-rays, and ultrasound can all help us take a look inside your pet and learn what it may not be able to tell us.

We can now test for key indicators that specifically check for an increased cancer risk in your pet. One of these is a marker that indicates abnormal cell division, which is a well-known characteristic of cancer cells. The other is a measure of inflammation, which is present in all dis-ease states in the body.  While inflammation does not specifically point to a diagnosis of cancer, when present along with abnormally dividing cells, it is highly suggestive and indicates looking further.

We can then intervene with supportive measures to prevent the development and/or progression of disease in your pet, including cancer.