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Old 02-15-2014, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been reading more and more on holistic remedies to feed our boxers. Since they are So prone to cancer, tumors, skin allergies, I've been trying to keep as much chemicals and bad foods from them. Right now I have them on acana dry dog food, the fish formula. I Also have them on coconut oil, fish oil, unpasteurized and all organic. Their coats have definitely been a lot more healthy. Our one boy has bad allergies and has been doing very good on these two treatments.
Anyone else have suggestions to give? I know raw is the best way, I just haven't done the switch yet.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you prefer kibble and they are doing good on Acana(which is a very good quality kibble) than you are doing the best you can. There are other foods types you can try if you dont want to go raw such as dehydrated or freeze dried which are processed with less heat then kibble thus preserving the nutrients. Dr Demian Dressler is one of the top canine cancer Vets and I have read many of his articles along with his associate Dr Sue Ettinger. They both recommend The Honest Kitchen dehydrated food. Its made from all human grade ingredients. I have considered this for Kippah myself.

There are lots of things one can do to help prevent cancer in dogs besides a good healthy diet such as

1.Using only purified water. By simply putting a water purifier on your kitchen sink it can cut down on chemicals and toxins in you and your dogs drinking water

2. Limit vaccinations. I know rabies is required by law but some states have medical exemptions in cases of dog with serious medical conditions. Dogs that already have cancer should never be vaccinated.

3. Try not to use pesticides for fleas/ticks or use an all natural product. If you feel the need to use products on your lawn/garden use the least toxic ones(I prefer not to use any myself). The National Cancer Institute found that dog owners who used common weed killing products that contained 2,4 Dichlorophenoxyzcetic Acid aka 2,4-D actually had double the rate of lymphoma cancer in their dogs vs owners who did not use these products.

4. If you smoke do not smoke in the house around your dog. Second hand smoke is believed to cause different types of sinus/nasal cancers in dogs.

5. Keep your dog at a healthy weight. Dogs that are overweight have a higher risk of developing cancer and other diseases.
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I too am taking a more holistic approach, switched to RAW in December 2013; seeing a Holistic Vet since last July; WOW is all I can say when we first started seeing her. Between the forum and the Holistic Vet our boys are so much more healthier!!! Kailer had a small MCT which was treated with Apricot Seeds & Poke Root as of 2 weeks now it is totally gone. We saw the vet last week and she is impressed with Kailer's progress.

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Old 02-15-2014, 01:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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For skin allergies you can also give 400-800 IU if vitamin E a day, and once a day you can fresh grind some flaxseeds and mix in with a small amount if yogurt it pumpkin or something. Flaxseeds are so good for them, and you too! They have many health benefits for your body and skin.

If you want a natural diet but don't want he effort, you can but NRG dehydrated dog food. It's 100% natural and the only dehydrated in the market that doesn't need to add synthetic vitamins and minerals, it's just as good as feeding a home-cooked diet but way easier!

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