I found a mass on my pet!

No one expects to find an unexplained mass growing on their pet. You've given him the right food, he's drinking the right water, and his health in all other aspects are 100%. Why is he growing a mass?! For me this experience was very nerve wrecking and I'd like to share what I learned in hopes it will help you.

I discovered a while back that commercial dog food causes cancer so I started cooking for my Pom years ago. The wonders it had on his health were incredible. Not only iss he off every medication the vet prescribed him but he's so full of energy that no one ever guesses he's a senior dog. One morning, mid January 2017, I found a hard lump growing on his lower right jaw. I tried to remain calm because other than that his energy, appetite, and overall health seemed fine. I began rubbing cannabis oil and cannabis alcohol on the mass everyday. I started giving him Melatonin (3mg twice a day) again in case it was allergy related. I began adding Vitamin C (75mg twice a day) and Spirulina to boost his immune system.  (CAUTION: Vitamin C should only be given sparingly. Unlike humans dogs create their own vitamin C. The production of this may slow down as they age so a boost may be necessary. Continued use of vitamin C may prevent them from being able to produce their own in the future.)

The mass had a hard outter rim with a soft squishy center. When the mass did not go away after a week I brought him to the doctor. Salivary cyst? Tumor? Lipoma? 2 doctors, one specialist, one Cytology report, and $700 later I found out that the mass was not cancerous and that no one knew what it was. Being a 16 year old Pomeranian his teeth are in very bad shape. I figured the mass was an infection caused by tooth decay and bad gums. The doctor put him on the antibiotic, Clyndamycin. After a week of antibiotics the appearance of his gums improved but the mass did not which according to the doctor was, "Very strange." We decided to try another week of antibiotics just to see. The mass grew to a very scary size. 

The day before the mass popped. February 28, 2017

The day before the mass popped. February 28, 2017

Other than seemingly like the mass itched like crazy my Pom did not seemed bothered by it. Eventually the mass popped. Luckily we were already on the way to the doctor's office. Puss and blood oozed out of it for a few hours and I thought that was that. But after everything came out there was still a lump. The doctor wanted to avoid the topic of surgery but considering the mass did not go away and that it was very hard he said that it was time to consider cutting it out. I was still not convinced and told him I wanted to get the opinion of a holistic vet first.  I felt very calm because again other than the mass my Pom seemed fine.

At the vet while the mass was oozing. March 1, 2017

At the vet while the mass was oozing. March 1, 2017

I made sure to keep the wound clean and I did a heat compress daily to help sooth and heal it. I had the vet shave the area to keep it extra sanitary and easy to clean.

The day after the mass burst. March 2, 2017

The day after the mass burst. March 2, 2017

The holistic vet took a look, asked what supplements I was giving and what kind of diet he was on. "What we need to do now is boost his immune system so his body can fight off whatever this is." She then gave me supplements to boost was I was already giving him. She added Rx Vitamins for Pets Liquid Immuno (A mushroom supplement. Caution: there is fructose in it.) and LubriSyn|HA Hyaluronic Acid Joint Supplement (This boosts the Dasaquin Glucosamine I'm already giving him). I told her I was also using cannabis oil on the wound. She said, "Keep doing that." I love that holistic vets don't treat plants like they're the devil. Within a week the mass was gone! 

Also in his trip to the holistic vet he got acupuncture for his arthritis. It's been a while since I've seen him so relaxed. I saw the stiffness lift when he walked and ran. Maybe I'm an extremist but I never think surgery is the best option. I hope this blog helps you and your furry loved one. When conventional doctors are stumped try a holistic approach. 

My pet is losing his hair!

Alopecia X? Mange? Allergies? Stress? I couldn't figure out why my dog was losing his hair. This was him in January 2014.

Later the hair on his back began to thin until it was almost completely gone. He looked like the picture below for over a year. I tried everything from changing his diet, trying different shampoos, changing his routines, everything. Nothing worked so I figured it was just old age.

Picture taken in July 2015.

Picture taken in July 2015.

I wanted to make sure it wasn't anything serious since he is very old. I decided to get some blood work done. The vet told me his thyroid level was low. He immediately prescribed him medication. At the time still trusting my vet I started giving my dog the Tyrovet pills. After a fews months of seeing no results I took him off the medication. 

One day I came across a couple who also had a Pomeranian. They told me their Pom was losing hair on their back. The vet told them their dog had a thyroid condition. It wasn't that. They started giving their Pom Melatonin and his fur grew back. I decided to give it a shot thinking it couldn't hurt since it's a vitamin. I started off giving my dog 3mg once a day in July 2015. Nothing happened so I increased him to 3mg twice a day in August 2015. Now it's September and check out how much hair has grown back! 

Picture taken September 2015.

Picture taken September 2015.

Melatonin worked like a charm for my 14 year old Pomeranian. I use  Nature Made 3mg Melatonin. Amazon sells it for $6.74 for 240 pills. That's $0.03 a tab.

Don't worry. Melatonin does not make dogs sleepy like it does humans. Don't waste your time and money on lab fees and doctor visits. Give this a shot. Based off pictures I found on Google I believe my dog had Alopecia X but I don't know for sure. Since he's not in pain or having other issues I don't really care what it was. I'm just glad the Melatonin is working. I can't wait to see how much if not all his hair grows back in a few more months! 


Bone Care For the Senior

Raw milk. That's right you heard me. RAW MILK. Pasteurized milk has been so processed to a point that it no longer has any nutritional benefits that unprocessed milk is supposed to have. Have you ever wondered why when you drink most commercial orange juices they don't taste the same as when you bite into an orange? That's because it's been so processed to the point that there is almost no orange in there anymore. Same goes for milk. I've been giving my little raw milk once a day for almost half a year. He's going on 15 human years old and he can run up stairs and go on sprints with me. Erewon and Lassens are a couple markets I get my raw milk from.

As your dog is getting older it's also good to start giving him Glucosamine. It's a vitamin that promotes joint support. Don't wait until you see your dog begin to shake with arthritis. Start giving it to him before the symptoms start to show so it's already in his system. Puppies don't need it but if your pet is pushing 7 years or older I'd start adding it to their diet. I give my little
Dasuquin. It seems to be the best one in the market right now. Amazon sells it cheaper than the vet. Most vets will charge $90+ for a bottle. Amazon sells Dasuquin for $71.99. If you have a small dog like mine you can still buy this bottle then break the pills into fourths. These crumble easily so I recommend breaking them as you feed your little and not all at once. One bottle can last you over a year!   

DO NOT feed this to your pet if he has a shellfish allergy. There are shellfish free Glucosamine vitamins.

Unprocessed Dog Food

TAKING CARE OF OUR FURRY FRIENDS.

As my Pomeranian started getting older he began having numerous health problems. The amount of medication the doctors were putting him on made me uncomfortable so I began researching alternatives. I noticed a drastic change in my own health when I began eating right so I figured this must be the case with my dog too. I thought these dry "meat crackers" he'd been eating all this life couldn't be good for him. After all humans and animals weren't meant to live on processed foods.

When I started cooking for my 14 years old Pomeranian things changed drastically in his health. I slowly began to take him off his medications which included: Vetmedin for his heart, Lasix for the fluid build up in his lungs, Thyrovet for his low thyroid count, and Enalapril for his high blood pressure. Almost 15 years old now I'm happy to say that he is completely off medication and doing just fine.

    DOG FOOD RECIPE   (Amount will vary depending on the size of your dog. Use his dog bowl to measure. Feed him the same amount of whole food in the bowl as you did with dry food.)  - High quality beef - Organic carrot - Organic Sweet Potato - 1-2 cloves of organic garlic (Optional.) - 2 tbs organic coconut oil (I use  K  irkland Signature  from Costco.) - 3 tbs raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (I use  Bragg .)  Boil the sweet potato until soft. Blend the first 3 ingredients together including the garlic if you choose to use it. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Don't skimp on the beef. It should make up half of this recipe. This will help your pet build muscle. It is important that the beef is raw. When the beef is cooked it is difficult for your pet to digest and could make them sick. If you're uncomfortable feeding them raw beef you can substitute the beef with chicken or fish.

 

DOG FOOD RECIPE

(Amount will vary depending on the size of your dog. Use his dog bowl to measure. Feed him the same amount of whole food in the bowl as you did with dry food.)

- High quality beef
- Organic carrot
- Organic Sweet Potato
- 1-2 cloves of organic garlic (Optional.)
- 2 tbs organic coconut oil (I use Kirkland Signature from Costco.)
- 3 tbs raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg.)

Boil the sweet potato until soft. Blend the first 3 ingredients together including the garlic if you choose to use it. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Don't skimp on the beef. It should make up half of this recipe. This will help your pet build muscle. It is important that the beef is raw. When the beef is cooked it is difficult for your pet to digest and could make them sick. If you're uncomfortable feeding them raw beef you can substitute the beef with chicken or fish.