When Canine Cancer Strikes


And there it was one day right out of the blue. It’s hard, it’s round, it’s on my furry child. It’s…it’s…it’s…a lump!!! Alert, Alert!!! Oh my goodness, as I sit next to her and stare at it. No, it couldn’t be. I feel it again to double check and triple check. I do a dog-once-over again and again, all over. Yes, it’s still there. It wasn’t there yesterday, we check you every day. Our morning ritual to get you ready for your day.

Ok, she’s had lumps before and they went away as I try to convince myself it’s not what I think it is. It couldn’t be. This one’s different though. Although it’s small, it’s on her breast. I know she knows I’m concerned as she turns and looks at me. So I lean in close and snuggle her nose, a kiss can do wonders for us both. “Good girl, we’ll get through this together. I’m right here with you. Stay with me, I’ve got you.”

And off I go researching with her by my side, reading, reading, and reading some more through journals, articles, internet, books and more while also listening for sure. The world is but a click away today. “We’ll find what we need; it will come to us.”

With that I find it has a name, canine mammary cancer, and off I go now again to find out more. My Mom had breast cancer so I know how horrible a disease it can be. She did mountains of research that she shares with me evermore. As she stands behind now in spirit, I search and find answers in my prayers. Interestingly enough, I find things popping up around me that I learn more about as the universe puts them out for us to find.

First things first. This much I know. One must heal through what they eat. I’ve done this before. A trip to the kitchen and out goes any not healthy enough dog food, grains and any chemicals that could be near. No, no, no, we need to read, research and read some more. This is high alert time! We simply need nature’s best. Dishes are always washed after every meal so no contaminants are ingested in her food. Water is the finest…a country source, that heals with every slurp. Out comes the juicer where it will stay for precious healing foods, “We’ll eat healthy together my love.” Bring on the carrots, spinach, kale, celery and broccoli. No chance of choking on them when they are reduced to precious nutrient rich juice.

An opening of the refrigerator reveals God’s natural spirulina. A gem found deep, deep within the sea. And don’t forget chlorella. “No one better to share these with than you my furry love.” We must secure the stomach so there are no leaks. For the stomach has an important job of serving up all the organs, tissues and cells in your body. Probiotics will help with the flow so end digestion is soft, but firm, and not left behind to allow the body any toxic flow. Glucosamine and other favorites will boost your system and also help with your arthritis. Some fruit, like apples and squash we can share, as well. Yes, they have natural sugars so we will take them slow and later we’ll do some culturing to send that sugar out.

Now, let’s get the protein and fat increased, but by only healthy ones. Omega 3, I know. But grains my dear, they simply must go. We won’t be feeding that lump with any carbs or sugars and organic whenever we can. Basil and oregano will spice it up and boost your immune system up a notch. And for an added flair, we’ll add some red pepper with that fish. I know a fisherman who serves up a hearty batch near the market each week. We’ll chase away that cancer like it knows it had better get running for there’s no fiercer wand than that of a Mom on a mission.

Well, that was delicious but we still have more work to do. For this is just the start. This cancer is fierce and it needs to be watched day and night, so we bundle up warm for walks. We need to increase your muscle strength along with oxygen and blood flow. Sniffing in nature is mandatory, but eating is reserved for home use only. Watching your nose all through the grass it goes, keeping an eye ahead so no objects it detects for consumption. For eating outside can be dangerous at best.

But if that is not enough, we have more problems. A heart murmur with a slow beat, especially in senior years, puts an even greater risk of not passing by the knife. It would need to be quick as more time on the table is risky if complications unfold. Decisions, decisions, but quality of life takes forefront. You still have time to enjoy more life before that fateful decision needs to be made.

We research the best natural remedies and load up our stock. Homeopathy, here we come with welcome licks as if they are treats. Essential Oils are natural and soak right up. They scent you like heaven has blessed you with more life. Bach flowers will boost this level up. These treatments bring us closer each morning and night as we snuggle and share kisses more precious each day. Now your heart is beating stronger and faster as it runs close to mine. Your eyes are brighter and clearer to see soul to soul. It’s bound to mine and mine to yours. Carry on we will, together as we learn.

Healing energy and Reiki, you have taught me long ago. You reminded me of what my body always knew. This we share with our love as the healing drum beats with your heart. Massage is good to clear the lymphs to rid the toxins. Thank goodness we learned Beyond Massage to relax you deeper still. OK, it’s equine but the horses would dearly love to hear you lick and chew for they always do. There’s something so magically healing in a loving touch.

We’ll meditate, too, and let that cancer know there’s no need of fear here for love is all there is. Dear lump, come out and join us in love, let your angry stance release into the ethers where it can be healed by the Light. You have nothing to fear; we send you love and to encourage you to let go we help you with healing magnets as we place them where you hide inside.

But now, we’re still not done. Although the growth is popped out and stunted where it is, we’ll move on now to more remedies as we go. For cancer is in everyone; it just lurks inside. It waits until it finds a loophole to peek out and say hello. Unfortunately it’s met with fear and that only makes it grow. Thank goodness, a quality vet we have found. He loaned me his book and we’ll find more answers, that much I know.

Our journey is not over. It has only yet begun but we’ll make it together, through thick and thin. For this lump can never break the bond that holds us even through space and time, for there is no time in eternity, just moments of love. The kind of love that heals and brings us closer and closer. For when canine cancer strikes, it’s time to learn how to stop, take a breath, appreciate the moments and run like heck ahead of it to leave it in the dust.

And off we go again, learning more and tweaking as we go.

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Maria Lisa Polegatto
Maria Lisa Polegatto grew up and lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, where she works full time. To rest and relax she loves to retreat into nature and spend time with animals enjoying the magic that surrounds us. Contact Maria Lisa at www.marialisapolegatto.com.


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