A few months ago, we noticed our Gracie was drinking quite a bit more water. It coincided with warmer weather, so we didn't think too much about it but decided to mention it to her vet on her last wellness check. Blood panel results showed Gracie in very good health for a senior (nearly twelve years old). There were no signs of diabetes, nor any other glaring off-balance diagnosis. The word "Cushings" came up as a possibility.
What is Cushing's Disease?
Cushing's disease in dogs is likely caused by the production of too much cortisol by the adrenal glands, either stimulated by a tumor on the adrenal gland or on the pituitary gland, which regulates the adrenal glands. Cortisol is a stress hormone, a steroid naturally produced by the body, especially in response to stress. It's vital for body function. Yet, too much cortisol produced by the body causes physiological stress and immune challenges. Symptoms of Cushing's disease often include:
- excessive thirst
- excessive appetite
- skin issues, infections, or lesions
- fur loss
- lower activity or reduced interest in activity
- "pot belly"
Testing For Cushing's Disease
Tests can be expensive, yet somewhat important for understanding what may be going on. At minimum, blood and urine tests can show what may be off balance. For Gracie, high cortisol levels showed up in a urine test. An ultrasound to get an internal look at the adrenal glands will cost around $600 and may not provide any more valuable information for us personally. I'm not going to ever give her prescription medication which can have serious side-effects, so choosing my natural protocol is the way for us to go. I know I'm causing NO HARM, and Gracie's life can be improved and balanced with my choices for her.
Natural Care For Dogs With Cushing's Disease
As a healer and animal communicator, I know I'm already doing the best for Gracie with her raw food diet, supplements, detoxification, and "extras". Right now, I'm focused on just stepping up her care to include higher, more frequent doses of detoxification as well as adding acupuncture and additional essential oils. Here's our regimen - most of which Gracie has experienced throughout her life with us:
- Raw food diet, meat, bones, and vegetables
- Detox zeolite (only this one), given often throughout the day
- Essential oils to anoint and give internally, supporting the proper functioning of her glands, reducing inflammation, and balancing her energy. (see below for notes)
- Supplements to support the liver, kidneys, and blood I believe are vital. I chose to add several detoxifying supplements that can be purchase easily OTC; dandelion root, milk thistle, and burdock root are the three extras. See what else we give Gracie for pet supplements.
- Sound Healing with specific tuning forks applied at acupuncture points bring healing vibes directly into her tissues. Tuning forks are easy to use and can provide extra healing power between acupuncture appointments.
- Acupuncture. Find a holistic vet you trust to provide regular treatments for your pet.
- Reducing Stress. This one is a little more challenging for us since Gracie is, by nature, a higher stress breed. As a herding dog, she's keenly aware of every subtle movement, and willing to react accordingly. Stress release for Gracie includes play mixed with quiet time, essential oils for relaxation, and Reiki.
NOTES: The oils I chose for Gracie are specific for her. If you want to work with essential oils, I can only recommend medical grade or therapeutic grade oils. Call me for a consultation. Since tumor activity is involved in producing too much cortisol, I chose to treat Gracie specifically for tumors, whether they are benign or malignant).
Call me for an appointment or private consultation. I can help you on your journey with your pet.
Resource: FDA site
I recently spent time in New Hampshire with my brother. He's a disabled veteran and he has a beautiful rescue named India - we KNOW she rescued him. (Isn't that how it usually is?) Our goal is to train her to function well, not only with my brother, but also in society . . . as an Emotional Support Animal. That requires a lot to get her ready.
While I was there, we did some training - basic commands to help him work with her more easily. I also helped him implement a new diet for his dog (I just couldn't feed her the kibble he bought her), get a better harness, practice going out in public, and set up a personal trainer to come to his home to work with him more closely after I left (and after he heals his broken arm - that's another story!) Once he's healed, he'll also be able to take her to an off-leash dog park we found. It's pretty exciting for my brother to move in a positive direction - developing a stronger bond with his dog.
His dog isn't sick. She doesn't have any health challenges, and we want to keep it that way. We talked about vaccinations (she was on-track to get yearly rabies shots, so I cautioned him against too many vaccinations - especially for a small dog. (If you've worked with me already, you know my feelings about the medical community and over vaccinating, over-medicating, and over-treating our animals).
What we really want to do is ensure a long and healthy life for this sweet lap-warmer. So, while I flipped an egg for her breakfast and added leftover steak bites, I thought about all the dogs out there eating kibble . . . just like the bowl she left on my first day there, until the late hours when no other food was likely to appear. She loved the short-order breakfast, and I planned on integrating a natural diet before I had to leave.
Becoming an Emotional Support Animal requires responsibility. It's in her nature to cuddle and snuggle, as well as to provide endless kisses. It's also in her nature to run - and she's fast! Her training will include all that will help her be the best she can be for my brother, and maybe even guide him to better health along the way.
So, on this recent journey, I also thought about how I can help you better prepare for the road ahead. We don't have to wait for a crisis to do all the wonderful things our pets need right now for a healthy life. We can start right away.
Your journey with your pet is for Life. Weather you have an Emotional Support Animal, or a lap-warmer (or both!) the journey can be more fulfilling, healthier, and longer with a little support and planning along the way. I've added an easy way to support you and your animals in an UNLIMITED way. Check it out, and let me know what you think. I can't wait to hear from you.
Essential oils have been an integral part of my Reiki healing clinic for several years. I consider their energy and aroma extremely valuable for all aspects of the services I provide - for trauma release, physical and emotional relief, spiritual enhancement, and revitalizing abilities, I love how essential oils fit into natural healing work. My clients and students feel supported, and the work we do seems to be more effective.
Not long after I began using essential oils for my human clients did I investigate the possibility and efficacy of essential oils for my animal clients. Careful consideration was given to the quality of essential oils, and I chose a specific company to support my work in the best possible way. It matters to the animals!
Great care must be taken not to make medical claims, so my research led me to specific studies involving human cancer since fewer studies with essential oils are done with animals. In one study, frankincense from Boswelia carteri was used for human bladder cancer to see if it would be effective as an anti-tumor agent. The results were quite promising.
"Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death. Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment." (1)
Essential Oils for Dogs with Cancer
Backed by research and ready to offer support to my animal clients, dogs with cancer, I added frankincense essential oil from Boswelia carteri and Boswelia sacra (Sacred Frankincense) to my list of effective natural solutions. I have found that specific essential oils help with immune support, digestion, emotional support, and many other types of support for health and recovery.
Of particular interest is Copaiba essential oil. This interesting essential oil comes from the Copaifera reticulata tree found in Brazil. Its resin is thick and similar to that of frankincense. Additionally, it's high in a chemical component called beta-caryophhylene (better known as CBD). New evidence in using CBD oils for cancer because of its ability to induce cytotoxicity,(2) has spurred great interest in how to get the best quality CBD oils. Fortunately, cannabinoids (CBD) are found not only in Cannabis (marijuana and hemp) but also in many other species of plants. The Copaiba tree blesses us with a high percentage of caryophhylenes - up to more than 50% in the pure essential oil I use.
In combination, pure, high quality Frankincense and Copaiba essential oils can provide additional support for animals who have cancer.
Considerations in Using Essential Oils for Cancer
There are several considerations to be made before using frankincense, copaiba, or other essential oils for your dog:
The Cancer Recipe
A holistic approach works best for my clients, and many people ask for the cancer recipe for their dogs. Everyone is unique, and all aspects of health, healing, and recovery are considered. A holistic approach includes diet and supplements, detoxification, energy healing, and of course, specific essential oils of the highest purity and quality. (purchase here)
Work with your vet to have the support a veterinarian offers - lab tests, ultra sound, x-rays, etc. Gather as much information as possible. However, remember to also include a more complete aspect of healing with an intuitive assessment and Reiki. Learn more about Natural Pet Health Alternatives with my online course or contact me for a free consultation.
(1) Frankincense Oil Derived From Boswellia carteri Induces Tumor Cell Specific Cytotoxicity
Mark Barton Frank, Qing Yang, Jeanette Osban, Joseph T Azzarello, Marcia R Saban, Ricardo Saban, Richard A Ashley, Jan C Welter, Kar-Ming Fung, and Hsueh-Kung Lin
(2) In vivo and in vitro studies on the anticancer activity of Copaifera multijuga hayne and its fractions
Sylvia R. M. Lima Valdir F. Veiga Junior Herick B. Christo Angelo C. Pinto Patricia D. Fernandes
First published: 27 October 2003 https://doi.org/10.1002/ptr.1295
Natural Remedies for Ear Infections in Dogs
One of the most troubling chronic health issues in dogs is frequent or constant ear infections. Unfortunately our Ginger suffered with ear infections nearly her whole life. I wish I knew then what I know now. Ear infections are indicators of bigger issues.
I remember taking Ginger to the vet often for her ears. As a yellow lab, it was apparently "common" to have ear infections. We didn't make any connections between ear infections and shedding. Later, when Ginger developed diabetes, we still didn't get it. Her ear infections had a lot to do with her immune system.
Treatment for Ginger's ear infections back then (around 1995) included using an earwash which contained potent antibacterial chemicals. Though I don't remember exactly what the product was, it reminded me of the banned acne medication, phisoHex, which contained hexachlorophene. Applying this liquid as a squirt in her ears sent her running around the yard, shaking her head, and rubbing her ears on the grass. In reflection, I can only imagine how much it stung. We thought we were helping, so we stayed with the protocol for a while. However, when we saw no improvement or resolution in her ears, we stopped. Though I can't be certain, I suspect that the chemical we used was banned for human use and only available for veterinary use. Isn't that often the case? As Ginger aged, we saw worsening signs of her immune system and her ears never improved.
Today's resources are different. Supporting the immune system with a raw diet and supplements is key to erasing or diminishing infections. In addition, more can be done to offer relief with natural remedies for ear infections without causing harm (stinging and potential toxicity). My favorite go-to products are essential oils. Here are a few suggestions and guidelines for using essential oils for dogs with ear infections:
1. Topical - can be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil
I wish I had these essential oils for Ginger. However, I have them now!
Call me for specific guidelines for your pet's health.
If you're like me, you love dogs at all ages. From wiggly puppies to serene old-timers, I love them all. In fact I tell them so whenever I have the chance! However, with some older dogs we may begin to see particular health challenges that cause great concern. Fortunately, older dogs also respond very well to natural alternatives - even when veterinary medical solutions offer no hope.
Always check with your vet first to determine any causes of distress - injury, infection, disease, etc. - and utilize laboratory tests as needed. After that, sort out your options for the best natural health care. I'm highlighting a special case to share with you regarding old dogs and their journeys.
Patrea, a 10 year old Rottweiler, had been suffering with frequent vomiting for some time when her mom decided to change from commercial dog food to home-cooked meals. Real food helped, but it was a baby step toward recovery. Damage had already been done to the gut through years of preservatives and poor nutrient availability. In addition, a recent rabies vaccination seemed to make matters worse for Patrea. Veterinary assessment was expensive for this family. In this case, even if the diagnosis would have been cancer, lab work would, at best, confirm the situation and not improve it. The family chose to seek out natural alternatives instead and hope for the best.
When I met Patrea, she seemed in good spirits in spite of her frequent vomiting. The zeolite drops and K-9 mineral spray we started her on a few days prior had begun to work, and a shift in diet toward wholesome raw food was also helping. We continued my usual protocol, and added a few essential oils to her diet and for topical use as well. (Always check the quality of the oils you're using to make sure they can be given internally. Quality matters!) We used Young Living copaiba essential oil for internal use since it contains up to 72% b-caryophyllene, a CBD (cannabinoid) without any THC as you might find in marijuana derived compounds. Frankincense was also applied topically and given internally.
After a few weeks I was invited to offer a Reiki healing and animal communication session to Patrea. She responded well to our time together, and I was able to apply Raindrop essential oils to her spine. An OM tuning fork held at strategic points along the spine were integrated into the session. Patrea's diet is carefully monitored now as she no longer eats rice or fatty meats, but eats eggs, vegetables, lean meats and bone broth.
"Patrea is definitely feeling better - dancing around, snuggling, and talking to us. I am ever so grateful for Rosemary's coaching thru Patrea's sickness. I am learning to listen to my girl and to hear what she is telling me. Two weeks ago it looked like we were saying good bye to my fur baby. Today, I am savoring her life. It is mind-boggling to think about the alternative that we faced a month ago. I was saying ‘goodbye'." ~ P.W. , Milwaukie, OR
You may be wondering if a natural health protocol will work for your dog. Keep in mind that we're not really ever targeting symptoms, abnormal cells, or diseases as they manifest. Instead, we focus on wholeness and providing the body what it needs to heal. For the most part, we can accomplish this simply with detoxification, real foods appropriate for your animal, specific supplements and antioxidants, and energy work to support healing on all levels - physical, emotional, and spiritual.
If we have time, we have hope. Give your older dog a hug for me. I love them, too! Let me know if you'd like a free consultation and health assessment. I'm here for you. ~Rosemary
You noticed something was wrong and brought your dog to your trusted vet only to hear the bad news. Your dog has cancer. What's worse than that? Well, you noticed something was wrong, brought your dog to the vet and they found "nothing". You're not at ease with either scenario. Something is still very wrong. What is it and how do you do the best for your dog in this situation?
Fast action is usually required because, as you know, your dog has been really good at hiding symptoms of disease and distress. However, the course you choose right now can make a difference in how your pet enjoys the rest of his or her life . . . AND if canine cancer can be treated in a holistic, natural way.
What determines your dog cancer protocol?
How do you feel about toxic chemicals such as the ones frequently offered as chemotherapy? How do you feel about the body's ability to heal itself? Your beliefs matter, which is why I'm asking. Look at it this way. Your dog has many more healthy cells than dis-eased cells. Cancer cells manifest as a result of imbalances in the body - the presence of toxins, poor nutrition, and even stress. I call these The Big Three You Can't Ignore. Cancer, then, is a symptom of imbalance. If you target the cancer cells, you're missing the opportunity to bring balance and wholeness through which your dog has the chance to heal from cancer - naturally. There are a few determining factors that present challenges.
How long has your dog been sick? How long has your dog been hiding the warning signs of disease? Time gives the advantage to cancer by giving it a head start. As cancer cells grow and spread, time for your action becomes more relevant. Research quickly, then find a trusted resource to guide you.
Veterinary care is very expensive - but you probably already know that. The equipment, lab work and veterinary training plus all the business expenses of paying staff and running an office reflect in your bill. Yes, you should use and trust your vet for the diagnostic tools and expertise they provide. However, after the tests and diagnosis, the standard of care offered is often conventional western medicine - chemotherapy, surgery, radiation. If you already know your dog has cancer, lab tests can, at very best, provide information - not solutions. The $500 you spend on an ultrasound might help you know what you're dealing with, but not provide any benefit toward healing. Though surgery might be in your dog's best interest, it probably won't provide a complete solution. Might it be possible to direct expenses toward natural solutions for healing - some in which surgery may not be required?
The Right Products and Protocol for Cancer
The best cancer protocol is not one that poisons and burns bad cells, but rather one that supports wholeness and healing in a natural way. Does such a protocol exist? I believe it does, and that's why I share this message with you - to help you begin your own investigation for natural healing.
I like to start a conversation about your pet knowing a little about the diet, history, activity, age, vaccinations, etc. Everything matters. Then, we begin to talk about solutions you could employ for your dog's cancer.
In my experience, I've seen a lot of products that mimic the real ones - ones that use research and claims from products that work to support their own agenda. Sifting through the confusion can be overwhelming. How do you know what really works and which products are just jumping on board? It's hard to know for sure. Having an understanding of science and biology can help. Reading labels and reading between the lines is an important skill. For example, is a zeolite with added trace minerals better? (NO). Are all mushroom products effective? (NO) Can frankincense from my grocery or health food store work on cancer? (PLEASE DON'T DO THAT). Is a prescription diet from my vet the best choice? (PROBABLY NOT).
My Best Cancer Protocol
I've narrowed down the cancer protocol to a few distinct, necessary elements. Click any one to get started. Then call me to set an appointment or consultation for your dog with cancer. You may find that the natural cancer protocol is not only good for your pet, but also for yourself.
When I first began my journey of exploring natural healing, I was already on a mission to help my dog, Ginger, reverse diabetes. Though the right, home-made raw diet helped a lot, it didn't solve the problem - Ginger's dependence on insulin. Along the way, Ginger showed signs of aging associated with a poorly functioning immune system - ear infections, declining vision, and even arthritis. So, for years I managed her exercise and diet, adjusting her insulin as needed. As much as I monitored her illness, there was still more I could do. I just didn't know what it was!
Toxicity came strongly into my awareness in 2006 as I faced my personal health challenges - sleep apnea, allergies, and a few other "issues". I refused to take medicines that caused serious side-effects and instead researched more. Finally the detox answer fell in my lap with a search to help a family member in crisis with an aggressive cancer. Though she was the opposite of me (she relied on modern medicine to "save" her. It didn't work.), my husband and I thought it was a good idea to incorporate detox into our family. With a family history of cancer, we wanted to be a step ahead and promote our own good health.
When I began using a detox protocol for Ginger, it was probably the best thing we could have done. I feel strongly that toxins caused her illnesses (over-vaccination, commercial foods, flea treatments, etc.) With that conviction, we cannot underestimate the value of detoxification.
Toxins interfere with every body function, inhibiting vital processes like the blood's ability to carry oxygen, the availability of energy in metabolic processes, and neuro-muscular activity, digestion, and the proper functioning of all aspects of the immune system.
How important is detox for you and your dog? Perhaps it's even more important than we know. Let's not wait to find out. Our animals are very good at hiding disease - keeping it out of our awareness.
Make it a mission to be whole and healthy without the effects of toxins by following a detox protocol. Let me know if you need help. I'd love to hear from you.
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When Gracie turned 10 years old last Fall, I received an email from my vet reminding me of a wellness check-up for Gracie. They want to see her twice a year now that she's "old". I understand. We had to visit the vet often for our previous dog, Ginger (pictured here), but it made more sense back then. Ginger was diabetic and insulin dependent. We gave her our best as we continued to monitor her health as much as she needed. You can read more about Ginger to learn what we did to help her be a winner against cancer and diabetes. One of the most amazing results we had in helping Ginger heal was that when she passed away at age nearly 14, she had NO cancer, a greatly reduced need for insulin, and NO arthritis in her spine. What were we doing RIGHT back then, and how can you replicate a wellness protocol that you can use for your dog?
What is a Wellness Protocol?
It's interesting that what we do (here in our home) for wellness has very little difference to what we do - or would do - for a health crisis. Prevention for arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and other health challenges are all about bringing the body into balance, supporting the immune system, giving the "right" nutrients in the form of food and supplements, and offering an environment that initiates and supports healing. You may want to consider implementing a wellness protocol that includes:
- detoxification. Every day, our Gracie has a few drops of a mineral detox. In fact we start her day immediately with detoxification. This process is so important and so vital, it can stand alone as a fundamental necessity for optimal health - no matter the situation.
- food. I learned the hard way that even the best bagged or canned food doesn't support health and healing as much as you'd like. Many of these processed foods contain inferior proteins, fillers, sugars, and salts, as well as artificial ingredients that taste great, but offer less-than-optimal ingredients for healing. The right nutrition in conjunction with detoxification can be a magic formula that begins to work immediately. (Your dog will let you know.)
- supplements. Choices and medical claims across the internet feel overwhelming. What you've heard about a few basic arthritis supplements like glucosamine may attract your attention. However, some of these standard nutritional supplements aren't right for your dog. Will your dog be able to absorb these nutrients? Is it enough to work? Supplements that are a part of a wellness protocol work to reduce inflammation, support a healthy gut, have a good antioxidant profile, and be more like food than medicine. In fact, feeding the body what it needs can be the best medicine.
- essential oils. I wish I knew about essential oils many years ago. Though information was scant even 20 years ago, ancient knowledge about essential oils is being re-birthed into modern holistic practices. Certain high-quality essential oils act as food and medicine when applied or taken internally (CAUTION- do your research, or call me). In addition, essential oils work on all aspects of wellness and healing - physical, emotional, and spiritual. Arthritis, cancer, and many other health challenges have emotional components that are more often than not overlooked.
- environment. Free of chemicals and low in stress are great goals for everyone. Logistically, you'll want to also support your aging dog with stairs to get into the car (or into bed) to avoid injuries from jumping. The proper bedding also helps. Look for softer bedding (natural latex is my favorite). Though memory foam might be a good choice, there can be issues around off-gassing of harmful chemicals, and compaction of the foam (becoming hard under your sensitive older dog.)
Recently, our Gracie at 10 1/2 years old has shown a little stiffness in her shoulders. She takes several supplements to support mobility and anti-aging. In fact, many of the supplements I take, she also gets. I have a shredded latex dog bed on order for her. I have a special mix of essential oils on hand that give her instant relief. Tuning forks, Reiki, and love complete the picture for our girl.
I'll still bring Gracie in for her check-up. She'll have blood work done and her teeth will have an expert cleaning beyond what I do at home (so important for the cracked tooth in the back). Otherwise, there are no lumps and bumps, no warning signs of disease, and - because I asked her - nothing to worry about. Her wellness protocol works WELL to support her healthy aging without arthritis, cancer, or many of the other challenges common to older pets.
What you can do now
Healing and recovery mode look very much like a wellness protocol . . . only more aggressive, and more frequent dosing. Please don't wait for something to change - maybe for the worse. Time can be a friend if you begin to work immediately. Call Rosemary for a free consultation. We can talk about your dog's protocol for arthritis (or other health challenge). It will feel right because it focuses on wellness - giving the body what it needs - rather than treating with potentially harmful drugs.
Pet insurance is a $900 million business in the United States with many companies and programs from which to choose. Personally, we chose to get insurance for our dog, Gracie, early in her life with us. We wanted insurance for those times when we needed veterinary assistance for injuries, or blood work and x-rays for anything suspicious. What we knew we wouldn't need covered by insurance was her wellness care or cancer treatment, if she should ever be faced with cancer.
Veterinary cancer care for dogs currently offers a mix of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and other supportive medical care. Though insurance plans may cover a substantial portion of the bill, the cost of such medical care is still very high. Years ago when our yellow lab, Ginger, had emergency surgery (splenectomy) and ICU 24 hour care for hemangiosarcoma, the bill was more than $5000. We paid that entirely without the help of insurance. I know that this can be too much for some families who may opt for no treatment, or worse. Of course, the surgery helped us to keep our Ginger, even after the vets offered no further hope. (her success story can be found here.)
The good news is that there are natural health options beyond what veterinary medicine provides. These options cause no harm and support the bodies natural ability to heal. Though insurance doesn't cover supplements, diet, and energy healing, the cost of such forms of alternative "treatment" is minimal in comparison. The effectiveness can be astounding.
So, even if you don't have insurance for your dog with cancer, you still have affordable options that support healing and recovery in a simple, natural, and powerful way. I encourage you to still work with your vet to monitor progress, do lab tests that provide important information, or have surgery - but only if needed. If all goes well, your dog will likely show positive results without drastic, irreversible procedures.
Let me know if you have any questions. I can help you develop a protocol for your dog with cancer.