Cancer in Cats and DogsFollowing is an experience that made me think more about how cancer is affecting younger and younger cats.
My friend took her cat pal to an eye specialist vet because she was concerned about brown specks that appeared in her cat's eyes. By the way, this vet is a different vet from the ones that I have spoken about in my other sections.
As we waited for the doctor to see us I was impressed with how clean and professional the facility looked. Surely this place would have promising medical advise for her cat pal!!
The doctor saw us. He and his assistant both made it a point to keep referring to her cat pal as "she". For instance, "Oh what a good girl she is". "Oh she is not feeling good". "She is behaving well". I don't mind a cat being referred to as a "She", but it sounded very fake and overly friendly. I mean get to the point and tell us what the damn cat has! AS if referring to her cat pal as "she", they were feeling very compassionate and sympathetic to what the cat was feeling.
After briefly examining her cat pal, he pulled out a magic marker and drew on paper.
"These are your options" he said, and wrote #1 Eye Removal!
"Oh dear" I gasped. My heart sank and I felt a bit fearful.
"Then there is option #2" he said, and scrawled #2 Laser surgery.
"whew!" I breathed a sign of relief.
"Hooray", her cat is saved, I thought. My friend felt the same way too.
But still both of us were shocked. Surely there should be more options than the ones he mentioned/scrawled. He also re-assured us, that once the surgery is done, the cat will never have cancer again.
Now there are many things in this approach that ought to be studied.
The first method is Fake Compassion Technique - show the animal owner that you feel for the cat by referring to the cat as a "he" or "She". In this way it may appear that the vet feels a bond with the cat.
The second method is the use of "SHOCK Technique" -
show the animal owner the worse option to temporarily induce a state of shock. This he did by telling us about the eye removal.
The third method is the "Relief Technique - Dish out mo money" technique. This he did by giving us the option of a couple thousand surgery.
Strangely, there were no other options written on the sheet. Just his scraggly 2 options and a crude drawing of an oddly shaped eye, which I presumed was the cat's.
Several things bothered me....
First, who can guarantee that cancer will not recur after laser surgery. Don Hamilton D.V.M (small doses for small animals) writes that scientists now can detect substances in the blood associated with certain cancers. Removal of the cancerous growth has no impact upon the levels of these substances. This kind of evidence confirms that the physical symptom is not the disease, but only an indication of disease.
Secondly, when I asked him, how the cat get cancer. He just said its like humans. But the cat was only 8 years old. Why is cancer showing up in younger and younger cats?
Thirdly, he didn't even ask her what she was feeding her cat or what her cat pal's vaccination schedule was like.. Hell.. she could be feeding her cat cancerous tumors..
There is definitely a link between commercial pet food, vaccines and cancer agents. The contaminates (preservatives such as BHT/BHA, rendered cancerous tumors from other animals) in commercial food can be attributed to the fact that younger and younger cats are getting cancer. Yet the vet never mentioned this. Cancer can well be caused by a reaction to low quality diet. Not to mention years of unnecessary questionable vaccinnes that have done nothing, but weakened the immune system.
To make a long story short. Her cat pal underwent laser surgery. The brown specks are still there, but the vet has assured us that he removed the cancerous parts. The cat's eye are permanently dilated. This was something that he failed to tell will happen before the surgery. The vet also assured her that the cat can see just fine.
Really? I mean when humans have dilated pupils they can't drive or see that clearly . Hey but vets are god right? Ok I know it sounds a bit mean. But seriously, I just can't seem to find a kind compassionate caring vet. Is it some sort of conspiracy? I am not talking about a quack doctor here. This is a prestigious veternary eye institution that specializes in all sorts of surgery.
I am not quite sure I understand this cancer issue. If anybody has had any success stories with cancer , please let me know. If a cat has cancer, I think it is more important to ensure that the cat is kept on an optimized diet. Most Holistic vets strongly recommend raw foods.
It is important not to feed any commercial or even premium canned or dry foods to a cat that has cancer. The already has a weakened immune system and it is important that it's defense system be strengthened as much as is humanly possible.
Dr. Pitcarin has some good suggestions in his book on treating a cat holistically for cancer. He also says: "Though chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can have dramatic and rapid results, the quality of life for the animals afterwards does not impress me."
He also mentions that even for humans, despite the various treatments available, the overall death rate from cancer has stayed the same over the course of the century. And that's the statistics for humans!!
I personally do not trust the convential vets in treating cats with cancer. I feel that if humans don't have a cure, people would not necessarily have funded an equal quality treatment for animals. If anything it can very well be a bunch of hocus pocus with fees for all sorts of expensive tests and operations, but no results.
Dr. Goldstein and his brother Bob (The nature of Animal Healing) seems to have made progress in cancer with a technique called Immuno Augmentative Therapy (IAT). IAT is based on analyzing blood samples, forumulated via computer program of injections of isolated immune proteins, based on certain values in the blood. Unfortunately this tehcnique has not been given a fair chance to develop as it has lacked gov't funding. It has been shunned by most convential vets and many have referred to this case as "those crazy goldstein brothers".
We live in a society that expects instant results, but there is no quick fix for cancer. Even if a pet has a single tumor which treatment appears to remove, re-establishing the pet's immune systema and easing him through waves of detoxification is a process, not a procedure.