Adapted from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dog Care, by Randy Kidd (Storey
With incidences of pet cancers on the rise, many of us are dealing with
this frightening illness in our own beloved pets.
These five simple steps, as part of
a program of holistic health, can be helpful in your pet’s recovery from
1. Develop a positive belief system. Create
and maintain a positive attitude. Prayer, whatever your religious
affiliation, has been proved to help in the healing process. Don’t
underestimate the power of this step.
2. Eliminate potential
causes of cancer. Go through your pet’s entire environment. Modify
it so that she or he avoids contact with pesticides, herbicides, airborne
pollutants, and toxic household chemicals found in the carpets, in the
furniture, under the sink, and in the garage. Give your pet filtered water,
and serve water and food in non-plastic (ceramic or glass) dishes. Eliminate
ALL grains and carbohydrates from your pet's diet too!
nutritional and supplemental support. Perhaps the most effective
component of good health or healing is to put your pet on a good diet.
Home-cooked organic foods are best. There are other health foods
commercially available that do not contain preservatives, and they are made
from mostly organic (or hormone, antibiotic, pesticide, and herbicide-free)
Supplements are an excellent addition to a
quality diet. Use therapeutic levels of antioxidants--vitamins A and C and
the culinary herbs--and add extra levels of zinc, selenium, and omega-3
fatty acids (fish oil). (Check with your vet to determine the proper dosages
of any supplement, based on your pet’s weight.)
classical homeopathy. I have not found any medicine as powerful as
classical homeopathy. . .when it works. With classical homeopathy you need
to find the one remedy that best connects with the patient’s totality of
symptoms, and finding this one remedy can be a challenge. Consult a holistic
vet for the proper treatments. Homeopathic kits available here.
5. Incorporate herbs to enhance organ function. When the
organ systems are balanced, the body is better able to fight cancer. The
major herbs I use are those that enhance organ-system function, aiding the
organs that are under attack by the cancer cells. Consult a holistic vet for
recommendations, or see the suggestions in
Dr. Kidd‘s book.