Who am I and why did I create Natural Dog Guide?
My name is Ricki and I first became interested in natural dog information after my dog, Freddie, was diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes wreaks havoc on your whole body. Freddie lived through some of the terrible consequences of diabetes. Freddie became blind, had frequent infections, very high liver values, occasionally had low blood sugars, and several bouts of ketoacidosis and pancreatitis. After Freddie was sick and at the doctors regularly, I started to look into holistic and natural treatments for him. It was just unfortunate that I became interested in holistic and natural dog care after he was sick. When you are young, you don’t know any better. You don’t think much about processed foods, preservatives, toxins, poisons, pesticides, etc. You don’t realize how all those things affects your immune system negatively. And how your immune system is the power horse behind your health in every aspect.
A few years later my other dog, Chester, was diagnosed and ultimately died of a few different types of cancer. After his initial diagnosis, I intensely researched holistic options for him. The first type of cancer that he had was determined to be a mast cell tumor. The typical treatment for mast cell tumors in surgery to remove the tumor and get clean margins, unfortunately where it was on his body it was inoperable. Since we couldn’t remove it, we were unable to grade it and see if it had a high probability of spreading to other parts of his body. At this time, since we couldn’t so surgery, I gave him supplements to help his immune system battle the tumor for him. All of his doctors were impressed because it seemed like his tumor was not changing or growing. His tumor on his foot remained stable for months. Then, one day in late October, we were vacationing in the state of Indiana when he started breathing horrendously. We had a fire going so I thought maybe it was a reaction to the smoke. But, when we got home he was still having problems breathing. Off to the vet we went and soon after my world started to crumble around me. He was diagnosed with nasal cancer, not to common of a cancer. We all were in total disbelieve. And to make matters worse (as if that was possible), where his nasal cancer was was in a bad spot (not like there’s any good spot) but his was pushing up against his brain. Again, there wasn’t much that could be done for his nasal cancer. Radiation was offered, but there were some serious side effects and he was 15. I had a hard time justifying the side effects for him at his age. Plus, he would need to be put under for each treatment. So again, we bumped up his holistic treatment to help him fight it and he was doing really good for a few months. Then in January I started to notice that he was acting weird. He would pace and get lost. Soon his appetite went away. The vet examined him and then it was discovered that the cancer spread to his liver and spleen (or another type of cancer, since the doctors didn’t feel that his spread). He went down hill fast. It was on January 12, 2011 that I lost him.
I vowed to do the best that I can to keep my current and any future dogs as healthy as I can and to live a life as naturally as possible with them. I know that no amount of doing everything right (or at least better) will protect them from all of life’s evil, but they will be more healthy and natural dogs – hopefully-