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In the advance world that we live in, supplements are almost required to help our bodies and our dogs’ bodies in one way or another to enhance the immune systems. While there are countless variations of supplements in the market, we like to focus on supplements that help with the immune system and help in preventing cancer. A few types of supplement that may help to prevent cancer includes Vitamin D (of course the dogs can get this from sun, so exercise your dog), curcumin (found in turmeric), fish oil, garlic, beta-carotene, colostrum, kefir.
Realistically speaking, you won’t be able to feed your dog the whole world of supplements out there, it is wise to make a few choices based on your dog’s needs and your ability. While we can’t rid all types of illnesses and diseases we believe in ‘harvesting’ a strong immune. We like to focus on overall gut health and overall immune system as we believe that the way to keep them strong, healthy and have the ability to fight for themselves is by allowing the dogs’ bodies to learn to fight and fend for themselves.
Many already know that we frequently feed the dogs milk kefir. Milk kefir is a functional healing food. Consuming kefir can heal the gut, improve immune function and prevent cancer. Gut health, we have mentioned it a couple of times, is the key to the immune system. 70% of the immune is based on how healthy your gut is. Milk Kefir is one of , if not the best natural probiotics out there. Research is beginning to suggest that probiotics may play a role in inhibiting tumor growth and protecting against cancer. So far, they’ve been shown to reduce the number of cells related to colon cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia.
Colostrum is the next thing that we feed our dogs. Colostrum is the first milk of a mammal during pregnancy. Colostrum is the ‘first vaccination’ for the new born because it contains a lot of antibodies. It is high in leukocytes (protective white blood cells) which is highly possibly why newborns don’t get sick. The antibodies in colostrum helps to protect against several bacterial and viral infection. “Colostrum has also been shown to be of benefit against that most feared of diseases, cancer. Numerous research studies have shown that bovine colostrum prevents the development of cancers, particularly cancers associated with the gastrointestinal tract, under experimental conditions. ” – Quote Sovereign Health Initiative. Lactoferrin, a compound contained in colostrum, activates T-cells, regulates antigen pathways, and promotes enzyme activity. Lactoferrin also exhibits strong antioxidant and detoxification properties which reduce systemic inflammation. As a result, the existence of lactoferrin in the body inhibits inflammatory immune responses and may reduce the risk of cancer and disease. We believe it is one of the most natural and essential supplements available out there. What can be more natural than a mammal’s first milk?
Colostrum for pets
Most people do not know this, but we have a thing for mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms have been prescribed and used for countless ailments for thousands of years. As modern medicine rediscovers these ancient superfoods, there is good evidence that mushrooms are among the most powerful functional food in a growing cancer-fighting and cancer-preventing arsenal. It is important to note that medicinal mushrooms are different from most other mushrooms. Some medicinal mushrooms exhibit direct antiviral and tumor shrinking abilities. One of the most vital benefits of medicinal mushrooms is the activation and stimulation of NK (Natural Killer) T cells. NK cells are lymphocytes that perform immunosurveillance within the body, constantly on the lookout for “immuno-alerters” signaling tumor presence.
Triple extraction of selected wild-harvested medicinal mushrooms from Fat Boy Tonic.
While mushroom is fantastic, it is very hard to find a good mushroom product in the market. Why is that so – as we all know by now, wild-caught, wild-harvested, free range produces are the best. Mushrooms are no different, wild harvested mushrooms are exposed to the nature, making them stronger and better than laboratory grown mushrooms. Many mushroom powdered supplements in the market are from laboratory and they are Mycelium, not mushrooms. Mycelium on grain is actually nothing more than what commercial mushroom growers call “grain spawn”. Grain spawn is cheap to produce and is therefore economical to grow. Unfortunately, mycelium grown on grain or rice contains minimal amounts of the important compounds that are in medicinal mushrooms. Myceliated grain is cheap to produce, often cheap to purchase, but the lack of medicinal compounds makes it a very expensive product. The other thing about mushroom supplements is that, some medicinal mushrooms contains beneficial properties such as beta-glucans and triterpenes. These properties can only be extracted through heat, water or alcohol. So in another words, mushrooms need to undergo extractions before the beneficial properties becomes useful to the body. Extractions are labor-intensive and time consuming. But it’s only by extracting the beta glucan polysaccharides that these compounds become readily bio-available to maintain and improve health.
Other than the cancer cells fighting, one of our favourite property of medicinal mushrooms is the beta-glucan. Beta-glucan is an immuno-modulator , it helps to make your dog’s immune system smarter. It can help raise the immune system’s response so that your body can naturally fight of and kill cancer. The term immune-modulator is the real key; it is not an immune stimulate. Beta glucan modulates or activates but never over stimulates, which is key to the safety of this product.
The immune system is the body’s best defense mechanism for maintaining the health of the whole body. Comparable to a surveillance system, a strong immune system requires numerous factors to function properly. Dr. Rashid Buttar said, “Cancer first and foremost is a problem with the immune system. You cannot have cancer if you have an intact immune system.” Which is why we stress not once, but multiple times that the things you feed your dogs with, the places you bring your dogs to, the stimulants you expose your dogs to, are very important.
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∆∆∆ Part 1: Cancer in dogs
We all know that some one that has battled cancer. We all know that someone who survived or that someone who lost the battle. Cancer, the one illness that nobody wants to hear or ever experience. But the sad truth is, none of us are guaranteed to be free from it and none of the dogs are too. The only thing we can do is to prevent, prevent and prevent and hope for the best. When you experience the pain of watching someone or some dog suffer and try their best to overcome and survive, deep down you wished you knew more about what to do and you wished that you had started prevention earlier.
Everyone and every dog has cancer cells in their body. Without going too deeply into how cancer are formed and what it causes, here are the basics. When the immune system is weak, it cannot kill enough cancer cells and the cancer cells grow out of control. That is when cancer is being detected. So the main point that one can do to prevent cancer in dogs is to boost and maintain the immune system (which is the key to surviving a cancer diagnosis) of your dog.
What Causes The Immune System To Be Low
The first and foremost thing that we should know is why, is the immune system of your dog low. This, comes down to of course, genes. Genetically, one dog may be stronger than the other. And this, goes back to where did you get your dog from? Obviously a dog that comes from a long generation of healthy, happy responsibly bred dog will have a better immune system compared to a dog that comes from a puppy mill. Next, the ‘artificial’ things that we do to our dogs. Yearly vaccinations, antibiotics and obesity. The mercury and toxins in a vaccine can weaken the immune system. An antibiotic can kill both harmful and useful bacteria in your dog’s gut. Extra fats produce imbalance hormones and abnormality. Obesity affects the way cell works and raises the risks to not only cancer but a whole other range of diseases and illness.
As the saying goes, every step you take comes with consequences, either good or bad. Maintaining a good immune system is not a one day thing, it has to start today and it should never end. How you raise your dog today, will come to show in time. Today’s research shows that while 5% of all cancer cases are genetic, 95% are the results of lifestyle and environmental influences.
Purdue University study shows that by adding fresh food into your dog’s diet, there is a 90% decrease in risk of cancer. What is fresh food – Fresh meat, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits. Like we have always said, dogs don’t cook their food, they thrive on raw fresh food, not processed in anyway.
Sugar is the main source of fuel which feeds cancer cell. You might say that you don’t feed your dog with anything that contains sugar. Carbohydrate is a form of sugar. Carbohydrate turns into starch and glucose after consuming and these ARE sugar. Carbohydrates are frequently found in dry dog food and home-cooked food. Rice, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins, Wheat all these are some examples of Carbohydrates.
“Otto Warburg was a leading cell biologist who led to the discovery that cancer cells are unable to flourish using energy produced from cellular respiration, but instead from glucose fermentation. Dr. Thomas Seyfried and other cancer researchers agree, and have further discovered that cancer cells are also fueled from the fermentation of the amino acid glutamine.” – Quote from The Truth About Cancer. By removing carbohydrates from your dog’s diet, you can deplete cancer cells of their energy supply.
In other words, if you feed your dog fresh and species appropriate food, you can reduce the risk of them ever getting cancer by a big margin.
So you can deplete the cancer cells of their energy supply, but what kills cancer cells? The T cells. A little brief explanation about what T cells are. – A cytotoxin T Cell is a type of white blood cells that not only kills cancer cells, but also cells that are infected with viruses or cells that are damaged in other ways. T cells are created in the bone marrow to defend the body against germs, bacteria and viruses. “Every T cell is created with a special receptor that recognises a unique anti-gen — a type of matter foreign to the body. When a foreign gen is recognised, the T cell goes into action, either defending the body directly or activating other aspects of the immune system.” – Quote from livestrong.com
Exercise, Stress Levels and Environment
We all know exercise is good for both humans and dogs. Cancer cells cannot survive in an oxygenated environment. When your dog exercise, he’s respiratory rate increases. An active body needs more oxygen than a body at rest.
Harvard Medical School notes that excessive emotional stress has been linked to diseases such as heart disease and may actually inhibit the production of T cells. If the body is stressed, it will cause an oxygen deficiency. TOXIC STRESS, EMOTIONAL STRESS, PHYSICAL TRAUMA, INFECTIONS are four forms of stress that can deplete oxygen in its own way.
TOXIC STRESS and EMOTIONAL STRESS in particular are closely linked to the environment in which your dog is in. Toxic stress, stresses from toxic environmental chemicals requires a large amount of oxygen. Oxygen is used in all detoxification processes. Simply putting it, exercising your dog in a nature park is far better than exercising your dog in the city where there are buildings, constructions and toxins. Emotional stress causes adrenaline and adrenal-related hormones which utilise oxygen. The closest example, bringing your dog to a dog party filled with excited dogs. Many owners confuse excitement with happiness, dogs don’t need to be excited to be happy. Excitement on the contrary causes stress to dogs. Ears up, tails up, pulling on the leash, dashing all around can be a form of excitement and emotional stress. Environment places a very big part in keeping a dog healthy.
All normal cells meet their energy needs by respiration of oxygen, whereas cancer cells meet their energy needs in great part by fermentation If a normal cell is deprived of 35% of its oxygen requirement for 48hours then that cell could turn cancerous. Therefore it is crucial to keep your dogs active, stress free and in a good environment.
Supplements is the next part that comes in handy to cancer prevention. Click to the link to carry on reading about how and what kind of supplements can come in handy.
∆∆∆ Part 2: About anti-cancer supplements
Often when we look at a cute puppy, we resort to love-at-first-sight, fate, or chance to whether we would like to bring the puppy home. However, breeding is a far more important job than producing cute puppies after puppies. Improper breeding or breeding for secondary benefits in the long run results in unwanted puppies and unhealthy puppies. Therefore, if one is indeed interested in owning a certain breed, a good and responsible breeder is the key to having a good puppy.
There can be many reasons to why one would breed their dogs, but the main focus of breeding should and must always be to improve the breed and/or to carry on the good line. With a good solid foundation for puppies, the chances of puppies developing future problems can be minimised. And the following important factors are a few of what we consider as the most important factors.
1. Living Conditions
The first thing that one should take at look at is the living conditions of the breeder’s dogs. This allows you to understand how the dogs are raised, and what the lives of the parents of a future puppy. You want a breeder that honours their dogs. A good dog doesn’t necessary comes with good living conditions, many people don’t realise that, you might find a Champion Dog living in a small penned up cage. Good living conditions raise healthy dogs.
2. Meet The Parents
A good breeder will always allow you to meet the parents of the puppy. You might have seen or heard this a thousand times, but why is it so important? By meeting the parents, you will be able to understand more about your future puppy and how it will turn out. Breeders will carefully choose their breeding pairs, so that they can ‘control’ and shape the temperament of the offspring. Almost all breeders will at least own the dam of the breeding pair. Spending time with the parents, or at least the dam, this allows you to understand more about the breed and how your future puppy will be like.
3. Health Check
It is important for a breeder to know the faults in any breeding line, and the degree of severity to the faults. If the breeder is aware of any serious faults, they have to be honest with themselves and others, and not allow that particular dog to be used as breeding stock. This is the only way to eliminate serious faults from the breed. For example, good breeder will never breed a dog which has a history of hip dysplasia or obvious genetic skin mange
Good breeders will and should know the medical history of each and every of their breeding dogs. There are many medical check-ups available at the Vets which helps to provide a peace of mind for future owners and allows breeder to know which dogs are not suitable for breeding. Golden Retriever breeders often do Hip Scorings Tests to ensure that the risk of hip dysplasia in future puppies is minimised to the lowest. Alaskan Malamute breeders often do Elbow Scoring Tests to ensure the quality of future litters.
Breeding only healthy and sound dogs is the key here. Always ask for health check results. If health checks are not done, ask why. Some breeds are more prone to certain faults than others. A good breeder will know the breed inside out and will be explain to you why certain tests are done, why certain tests are not done and why.
Most of us want dogs as pets. Therefore a sound temperament is ideal. When you buy a puppy from the store, you cannot predict its temperament. The parents are the closest you can get to predicting a puppy’s temperament as it grows. And the dam or another balance adult is the key to shaping a puppy’s temperament. First of all, a pair of parents with good temperaments will give you a head start to a good puppy with sound temperament. Secondly, the best candidate to nurture a puppy is none other than the mother. This is why good breeders always have the dams close to the puppies, the longer the puppies stay with their mothers, the more they learn.
The fact that a female dog churns money is the very reason why many breeders stray from their initiate intentions to breed a dog. When a female proves to be unfit for breeding, a breeder must pick up the courage and remove the female from any future breeding programs. It is a money losing decision, but it is best for the breed and it is best for the future. Responsible breeders will refrain from breeding the female again if she shows signs of reluctance or unfitness to being a mother. It brings danger to the puppies and it is not natural for them. Good breeders will want their puppies to start right, and start healthily and the best way to ensure that, is of course a sound dam who will become an exemplary canine mother.
5. Champion Bloodline
‘Champion Bloodline’ often comes with a heavy price tag. Some people show their dogs in the show ring or agility trials for passion, some people compete to gain recognition, and some people do it for the possibility of churning money in the future. Conformation dog show world is a very complicated world, although decisions should always be objective, they are often subjective. A Champion Dog might be penned up n cage all day long or it may have the luxury of running in big yards. When you see the term Champion Bloodline in a pet shop, is merely a way of extorting more money. Reason? Why will any breeder who so painstakingly take their dogs into champion positions, place their offsprings in a pet shop to sell to people they have never met?
A champion dog may not be a good dog, but every good dog is worthy of a champion title.
6. Countries Of Origin
In Singapore, one of the things when people buy puppies is to look at the country of Origin. Many people search for dogs that are being imported. It is important to understand that an imported dog does not mean a quality dog. For all you know, puppies with an imported tag may be the very ones that are bred in puppy mills, why else would the puppy be imported without knowing who is the future owner. Finding a local breeder who breeds sound dogs might be difficult, but if you have found one, it can be a better insurance to your future puppy and yourself.
Finding a good and responsible breeder takes time and effort, but it always pays off. Breeding sound dogs takes a lot more than just time and effort. Ask questions, ask many questions. Any breeder with the mind to let their puppies go to good homes will take their time to explain to you. A few years ago when we imported our dogs, we communicated with the breeder and her family almost every single day for 9 whole months, we had so many questions, she too, had so many questions for us. We wanted to know how her dogs were raised, the food they took, the precautions they made and why. They wanted to know how their puppies will live if they come to us, how will they be treated, how many hours will they be left alone, how much exercise they will get and what can we guarantee them. And now, they are our best resource to honest opinions about dog raising.
Keep in mind that while you are looking for a good breeder, a good breeder is also looking for a good future owner. A friend of ours had to take videos and photos of his current living conditions before he managed to acquire his puppy from a breeder. The breeder also made sure that he puppy proof all areas so that it was safe for the dog. Some breeders even prepare sales contract to protect the puppy. In this case, you know that the breeder wants the best for the puppy. Just because you want a puppy, doesn’t mean you get a puppy. Many breeder in fact, will only let you choose from what they think is suitable for you and your family. Most people thinks that a puppy running to you means that it has chosen you, in a breeder’s mind it just means that the puppy is excited, nothing more.
A good breeder is your puppy’s best insurance policy. Be sure to be a worthy future owner if you want a good puppy.