Isn't she cute?
We have had Kayla now for 8 years and she has enriched our lives in so many ways.
People love their pets. For some of us they’re like kids our in a way. Of course you want to take the best possible care of your kids!
I recently found out some shocking information. The current cancer rate in dogs is 1 in 1.6. That means every other dog is getting cancer. In cats, it’s something like 1 in 3. This is crazy, and the vets I talked to thought so too. It wasn't always like this, dogs were basically healthy. They’d live to a ripe old age of 12 to 16.
So what is going on?
I was surprised to find out that one of the main causes of this is what you’re feeding your dog. (Hmm, just like us?) Most people feed their dog kibble and a lot of vets recommend this. It's what we did when we first got Kayla. But it turns out that when you take meat products and cook them at high temperatures, add in a bunch of chemicals, fillers, thickeners, and preservatives, it’s not really healthy for the dogs.
In fact, a lot of ingredients in most dog foods, even some of the better ones, are carcinogenic. So here’s your dog eating the same thing every day constantly being exposed to high levels of toxicity. Of course, they are much more likely to develop cancer.
One of the simplest things you can do is start to look at your dog's diet.
We found that one of the best diets for a dog is to feed them raw food. It's not kibble but a certain percentage of raw meat, vegetables, and organ meats formulated for dogs in a way that's natural for them to eat.
Since we’ve started feeding Kayla a raw diet, I’ve noticed a radical shift in her energy levels and her vitality. She was starting to have a few musculoskeletal problems and began limping from a slight tear in her ACL in one of her back legs. That has now completely healed.
I just want people to know about this so that they can help their pets before they get bad news from the vet. It's a simple thing we can do, among others, but it's a good place to start.
Look at changing their diet and talk to your vet. If your vet doesn’t know about how to change over their diet, find one that does. There is a really good resource online called The Truth About Pet Cancer. It’s a panel of experts that have been recruited to start getting to the bottom of what's going on here and what we can do about it.