I advocate for and assist others in the natural care and feeding of dogs. Here you can follow how I feed and care for my dogs as well as learn about other aspects of holistic care such as herbs, traditional chinese medicine (esp acupressure), flower essences, and reiki.
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Since Vida's doing a homotoxicology program that's rather involved, I'm letting that remedy series to the heavy lifting and am using her herbal blend for support with a focus on antioxidants and adaptogens.
2 parts rosehips
1 part hawthorn berries
1 part spirulina
1/2 part astragalus
1/2 part ashwagandha
1/2 part kelp
1/2 part milk thistle
.... hold on....
I was low on ashwagandha, so that and the astragalus are ending up a little lower proportion.
I had to figure out how much to make for the summer! I found a handy conversion tool that told me that 70 teaspoons is 1-1/2 cups. Whew!
So the finished products is a little different...
2/3 are roughly as above.
3 parts rosehips
3 parts hawthorn
1 part spirulina
1/2 part kelp
It's fine, it's not rocket science, it's just a meal boost.
And then I bagged up individual meals for the road! 15 meals, grab and go when we get to the hotel (plus a few more for my mom to feed while I'm at IHA). Easy.
Vida's cancer has indeed decided to express itself again, but my vet Keith Weingardt consulted with the surgeon (Dr Mullen) and oncologist (Dr Proulx) and all agreed that surgery would be futile and perhaps worsen thing by propelling the body to make more tumors. The thought is that by leaving them be (since they're not causing problems) they might prevent new ones from developing.
I have mainstream options in my reserve arsenal if needed: prednisone, melphelan, or even radiation (that last one is really not something I plan to do again simply due to the expense), and will be speaking with Dr. Proulx in a few days about that.
I've opted to start Vida on a homotoxicology treatment known as autosanguis therapy. You're probably scratching your head right now, and I'll explain it a bit, but first enjoy this photo of Vida taken the day of her first treatment.
It's important to take regular inventory of your dog.
What does that mean?
It means knowing every bump in their topography. Is that a new one? What is it? What does it feel like? What does it look like? Is it bigger than last month?
If you find something new, write it down.
Vida has six discernible abnormalities.
One I'd forgotten about.
One is new, and bad. A plasmacytoma, the same type she had in her mouth.
Thank goodness for her chiropractor. I had felt it a week or so before she got adjusted and thought it was a bit odd. Her chiropractor found it and was immediately concerned and strongly urged me to get it checked out. It was the size of a marble, just behind her right should and next to her spine.
Two weeks later the holistic vet felt it and immediately sent me to get it aspirated. That's how we got it diagnosed only 3 weeks before I'm due to leave for the summer.