From Wikipedia: “Well into the 20th century, coal miners brought canaries into coal mines as an “early warning signal” for deadly, toxic gases. The birds, being more sensitive, would become sick before the miners, who would then have a chance to escape or put on protective respirators.”
Is it any wonder that with the “pre green” proliferation of chemical laden cleaning and laundry products, building supplies, and monthly flea poison treatments, that our pets are developing cancer at such an alarming rate? In addition to protecting one’s animal from constant exposure to a myriad of possible household carcinogens, our having to negotiate the constant recalls and dangers of an unregulated, processed pet food industry can be an overwhelming and depressing nightmare. But there’s also a deeper issue: when it comes to these everyday toxins that we have become so unconscious about or accepting of, have our cherished, innocent pets become our modern day canaries?
There are MANY things we can do to help prevent our beloved companion animals from ever getting cancer. When my 8-year old dog, aka: my adopted daughter, Buttons, was diagnosed with deadly carcinoma and given 6 weeks to live, I launched a massive personal research campaign into the world of holistic medicine.
I soon came to learn that “holistic” didn’t mean symptom treating with natural remedies or herbs in lieu of pharmaceutical drugs. Instead, it was a protocol of clear/cleanse/build:
- clearing my home environment of all possible toxins
- cleansing Buttons’ entire system physically and emotionally
- building her body nutritionally so it could do what an unburdened body does naturally: HEAL ITSELF.
Holistic treatment addresses the cause and not the symptoms or cure. Start listing the chemicals many of us use in our homes, and it’s easy to see how dramatically we are adding to the toxic overload of our beloved pets’ (and our) immune systems.
While the holistic approach is all about the bigger picture, and not just making one or two small changes, you can take the first step and get started on eliminating the toxins in your home today.
Try replacing your pets’ plastic food or water bowls with glass or stainless steel bowls. They are much safer than ceramic or plastic bowls which can leach chemicals into their contents. Be careful not to place a glass bowl anywhere in sunlight where it could possibly start a fire!
Buttons went on to thrive for another 11 years. Exactly 1 week before her 19th birthday, she died peacefully of old age in my arms.
The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood is the story of our nearly 2 decades together.
Nadine is a Holistic Pets/Toxic-free Living Consultant, Pet Bereavement Facilitator, speaker, and author of The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood: a true story about the human-animal bond, healing canine cancer naturally, and an empowering new take on the grieving process when a beloved animal passes away. Sold on Amazon.com and all online book retailers.
For more information on the book and one-on-one phone consultations with Nadine, please go to: The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood