We know dogs don’t live forever, but don’t we all want to know we’re doing as much as we absolutley can to keep our furry friends safe and happy for as long as possible? Author, speaker, and holistic pet care advocate Nadine M. Rosin weighs in on the importance of creating a toxin-free environment for our canine companions, and shares how she kept her canine companion happy and healthy for 19 years.
Well into the 20th century, coal miners brought canaries into coal mines as an “early warning signal” for deadly, toxic gases. Being more sensitive than humans, the delicate birds would fall ill 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, 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 unwittingly 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 (a.k.a. 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 treating symptoms with natural remedies or herbs in lieu of pharmaceutical drugs. Instead, it meant clearing my home environment of all possible toxins, cleansing Buttons’ entire system, and then giving her the proper nutritional support so that Buttons’ body could do what an unburdened body does best: heal itself. Part of that nutritional support includes the best possible vitamin supplementation.
Buttons went on to thrive for another 11 years. Exactly one week before her 19th birthday, she died peacefully of old age in my loving arms. The Healing Art of Pet Parenthood is the story of our nearly two decades together. We hope all pet parents will begin investigating holistic prevention and supplementation before receiving a terrifying diagnosis, and help stack the odds against ever getting one!