Monday, February 13, 2017

How do dogs get Cancer?

How do dogs get cancer?  There are a lot of factors that we know, can cause cancer, like our environment. The air we breathe, food and water we intake. What we touch and put on our skin. We can wonder about all these issues but all we can really do is make healthier choices.  Like flea and tick control for our pets. I've read the warning label and it can cause seizures in senior dogs. We are putting an insecticide directly on our animals.  That's a poison. So I switched from the chemicals to natural flea and tick control.  I've also thought about vaccinations and if they are safe. The best answer to this is to not over vaccinate your pets. Keep records, so you will know when the last time they got their shots. In our state the rabies vaccine is mandatory and the law.  So don't avoid the vaccinations just don't over due it. Ask your vet for a titer test to see if they need more vaccinations. I've been told there is no reason the revaccinate once your dog responds to the vaccine. The titer test will check to see your dog response.

I never put any pesticides or herbicides in Daisy's play and potty area's outside. Knowing that they cause cancer. In fact lawn chemicals, weed killers and herbicides are just as toxic as flea and tick products. Studies (Abstract of environmental health 112(1):171-6 (Jan. 2012), show a link between lawn chemicals and cancer in dogs.  In this study researchers identified 263 dogs with biopsy confirmed canine malignant lymphoma (CML), 240 dogs with benign tumors, and 230 dogs undergoing surgeries unrelated to cancer.

Scientist found that dogs with malignant lymphoma were 70 percent more likely to live in a home where professionally applied lawn had been used.

 I never used a professional or personally put pesticides or herbicides in the back yard. I feed Daisy better more expensive dog food because of all the additives they put in commercial pet foods.  I have put insecticide directly on her not knowing how toxic it is, but I was told by a professional how she needs it, to keep her from getting those nasty fleas and ticks.

These are just a few causes that are important to me because of Daisy. I haven't covered household cleaners and other chemicals found around your home because I feel they didn't have much bearing on Daisy diagnosis.  With all chemicals, we should read everything before using!  Other folks are telling us there safe when they really aren't.

Next blog we'll talk about how to keep cancer away and or at bay. Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Dogs with Lymphoma

This is Daisy she's a 10 year old lab terrier mix. It was back in September 2016 when I felt the lumps on her neck. I knew something was wrong so I made the appointment with her vet. Her vet examined her and needed to take a sample from the lymph nodes to find out what is going on. It was confirmed that she has lymphoma. That's the most devastating news I think any pet owner can get. She was only given 2-3 months and I wouldn't have her with me by the holidays. At least that's what I was told and thought. Thankfully she is still here with me today. We take it day by day and I enjoy every minute with her. She get's to lead walks, gets fed homemade dog food and given so much love.

Dog Lymphoma is a type of cancer that originates in the lymphocyte cells of the immune system. A type of white blood cell, lymphocytes play an important role in the body's defenses.

There are two forms B and T cell. Occurring primarily in bone marrow, lymph nodes and organs. We did not get Daisy tested to find out which type she is.  The cost of surgery alone was already out of budget. Then there's the cost to see oncologist and treatment using chemo which runs in the thousands. They do offer a low cost treatment to folks that can't afford it. Daisy was prescribed Prednisone. She also wasn't given much time using this method and we beat it. I have changed her diet to high protein low carbs. I also cook for her, things like chicken, ground meat  and turkey. She is on healthy supplements to keep her immune system strong.

Since her diagnosis I have taken pictures and videos of her daily. I will share them here and your welcome to follow her and share her story with other pet owners. Next blog I'll be talking about how dogs get cancer. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Doggy Dental Month

Help keep your dogs teeth clean the natural way. Miss Daisy love's bully sticks. We give her a 12" Braided Bully Stick once a month just to clean her teeth. But you're asking how does it work? When your dog chews on one it pulls all the plaque and tar from their teeth. I was amazed when we first tried it. You will be too.  

Dog chews are the best way to keep your dogs teeth clean. What do you give your dogs to chew on?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dogs Get a Treat This Valentine's Day!

Don't know what to get your special loved one this Valentine's Day? Look no further. Give a gift for their dog. It would mean so much knowing that you thought of their pets. After all they are our best friends. Now you can send love to your friend and their dogs. They will always remember this Valentine's Day. So don't delay treat them today. 

Ledfoot's Pet Bakery makes these amazing heart shaped dog treats and comes in five flavors. Packaged in cute heart shaped bags.  Dog treats are handmade with love using natural ingredients. You won't find any fillers or preservatives. Made in USA. Nothing like ordering handmade dog treats to be delivered to your door. They also ship to your friends house if you request it. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Small Business Saturday- Tips for Success

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, so I'm taking this opportunity to help other entrepreneurs. What's the best advice I can give?   Use all the free marketing and advertising you can find especially online, such as Small Business Saturday. It's a great program and it's free. Be sure to get your website listed on google, Yahoo,  and other free listings. Just do a web search and you will find many places to list your website for free.  Be sure to use google+ and all the social media sites.  Kabbage has some great free guides to help understand the differences between all the social media sites out there.

Budget wisely. What I mean is if you don't have the funds to purchase something, wait and see if needed or you may find it's not essential at all. So that is money saved. A dollar saved is a dollar earned.

We are having a special online sale that we are promoting on our social media sites and e-mail blasts. Shop Ledfoots Pet Bakery this Saturday November 29th and save 15% on your online order of $35.00 or more. Use Coupon Code: Small

MailChimp is an e-mail marketing service provider. If you have fewer than 2000 subscribers, you can send up to 12,000 e-mails per month for free. That is a great deal for any small business trying to survive and bring your business to the next level. 

 I hope these few tips, helps you, and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dogs are NFL Fans and Can Join in the Fun!

Being a football fan, we couldn't resist, when we found out they make NFL jersey for dogs.  We are Bears fans since living in the Chicago land area our whole lives. We love watching games and our dogs like to take part while we are watching. Especially when I yell and jump out of my seat when there is a good play like a touch down. Daisy and Scooby like to join in all the excitement.  Do you find your dogs or cats trying to join the excitement? 
Chicago Bears Dog Jersey- are for sale and listed on Ledfoots Pet Bakery website. You will find a number of sizes listed. So don't delay and get your dog a great Christmas gift this year. 

Green Bay Packer fans are in luck. We also have Green Bay Packer Dog Jerseys.  They have been our rivalry for years. We couldn't forget about our Packer fans. They are doing real good this year. Keep it up but just not when you play the Bears. LOL