May 3, 2015

Good morning friends! Woke up this morning to 60+ degrees, sun shining, birds chirping, ah … it is finally Spring time in Wisconsin! It looks like Layla is enjoying this beautiful morning by sunning herself on the patio. A dog’s life …

May is Layla’s birthday month, she turned 12 years old on May 1, 2015. Happy birthday sweet baby girl! May is also Pet Cancer Awareness month. CANCER SUCKS! Hey, we were all thinking it.

January 8, 2015 – they day my entire world crumbled. The tumor found during surgery to remove crystals (stones) from Layla’s bladder was diagnosed as TCC (Transitional Cell Carcinoma) – cancer. Layla had cancer … I remember being calm as I listened to what the vet had to say, but inside I was screaming, my heart had just broken into pieces and my baby was basically given a death sentence. I don’t remember the conversation, the words escaped my mind the moment they were spoken. Maybe that was a good thing … for more of Layla’s Story, click here.

I wish I could sit here and tell you that I opted to treat Layla 100% holistic remedies, but that is not the case. I decided to use traditional medicine (chemotherapy) combined with many holistic remedies. Like any pet parent facing cancer, I was terrified. The doctors couldn’t give me any hope that her cancer was curable. Layla is the most amazing dog and I owe it to her to try everything and not lose hope. Miracles happen every day, we just have to keep the faith. After A LOT of prayer, I feel like I made the best decision for my fur baby. As long as she’s happy, I am happy and that is all that matters.

Pet cancer is on the rise. Nearly 50% of all dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer at some point and this number is only increasing. There are numerous factors that contribute to cancer (household chemical, pesticides, polluted air and water), I believe the number one cause is due to the substandard regulations of the pet food industry. Most “affordable” dog food is packed full of chemical preservatives, animal by-products, corn, soy, wheat gluten, GMO’s and the list goes on. Check out www.truthaboutpetfood.com for more information.

Friends, please think twice about using pesticides on your lawn and chemicals in your house. There are SO many green alternatives that actually work (believe it or not)!

Take the time to read those dog food labels. There is no way to control everything our pets come in contact with, but we can certainly limit their exposure such harmful chemicals. I wish I would have known this information twelve years ago … maybe Layla wouldn’t be fighting this battle right now. All I can do is move forward and fix all the wrongs from my past, hoping some of this knowledge will benefit my dear sweet dog.

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