Joanne and Dina of "West Coast Canine LIfe" and "Endless Pawsibilities" at Eat! Vancouver

Marni graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, Ontario, and is a certified Nutritional Practitioner. Further studies took Marni to New York City, where is studied at the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute, graduating as a chef. Marni is passionate about embracing a whole foods diet, and helping people achieve a more balanced life style.

Marni shows her clients that . . . Everyday eating can be simple and delicious.

Integrative Treatment of Cancer in Dogs, written by R.M. Clemmons, DVM, PhD, who is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida.

This article includes the discussion of an example of a home cooked cancer diet, for dogs weighing 60 to 90 pounds, and Dietary Supplements, including, Vitamins and Antioxidants, Immunostimulants (e.g., Echinacea, Astragalus), Ant-Cancer Herbs (e.g., Cat's Claw, Reishi and Maitake Mushrooms, Pau D'Arco), and other dietary supplements, e.g., Milk Thistle, Shark Cartilage, Essiac Tea, Wheatgrass Extract, Spirulina).

"Robert McDowell's Herbal Treatments"

Learn about the rise of canine cancers and get support for:

Bladder Cancer
Mammary Gland Cancer
Mast Cell Cancer
Osteosarcoma/Bone Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Transitional Cell Carcinoma
Chemotherapy Support
Radiotherapy Support

If you are unsure about which herbal treatment your pet requires, or if your pet needs an individual prescription, contact Robert, to conduct a short consultation over the phone, or via email, at no charge, so that he can give you the proper advice.

"The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Therapies"

Dr. Stephen M. Sheldon, D.V.M. practices at and owns Hammocks Veterinary Hospital in Miami, Florida. A University of Florida graduate, he is President of the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the Veterinary Cancer Society. He can be reached at (305) 388-0880.

"A Discussion of Dr. Gregory Ogilvie's Cancer Diet, from a Morris Foundation Study"

This article, focuses on Dr. Gregory Ogilvie's "cancer diet", that was developed, as a result of a Morris Foundation-sponsored study. The diet is not a cure for cancer, but it is an effective treatment, that can improve a dog's quality of life. "The 'cancer diet' is composed of limited quantities of simple sugars, modest amounts of complex sugars, high quality but relatively modest amounts of digestible proteins, and specific amounts of certain types of fat. "Currently there are no commercial pet foods or formulas that meet the criteria of the diet we are developing," said Ogilvie. In addition, he is in the process of refining his third version of the diet with help from a new Foundation grant. "The diet we are working on now will further help to stabilize an afflicted dog's metabolism and increase its response to treatment," Ogilvie said.

"Nutritional Support for the Veterinary Cancer Patient, from Dr. Gregory Ogilvie"

This site, contains valuable information about cancer and its impact on nutrition, from Dr. Gregory K. Ogilvie, DVM, Professor of Oncology and Internal Medicine, Animal Cancer Centre, Medical Oncology Research Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. Topics include: Nutrition and Cancer; Metabolic Changes Associated with Cancer Cachexia; Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats and Feeding the Cancer Patient; Protein Metabolism; Lipid Metabolism; Vitamins, Minerals, Garlic, Tea, Shark Cartilage and the Cancer Patient; Vitamins; Minerals; Therapeutic Enzymes; Protease Inhibitors; Tea; Shark Cartilage; Energy Needs of the Cancer Patient; Nutritional Support for the Veterinary Cancer Patient; References

"Wysong Products for Companion Animals"

Wysong Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Rabbit, Venison

Premium all meat and organ foods designed to simulate the archetypal carnivorous eating patterns of cats and dogs.  Alternate or mix with Wysong dry, canned, and fresh foods to create a variety for best nutritional value and to stimulate appetite.  Wysong Canned All-Meat Diets are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.

"Paws and Claws Pet Pantry"

(905) 648-7616

Paws and Claws Pet Pantry logo

Paws and Claws Pet Pantry is an all Canadian family owned business, located in Southern Ontario. Top quality human grade ingredients are used in all their products, which includes, certified organic, free range, grade "A" federally inspected meats, produce, and complete meals. Partners, Lorraine Crompton, Alicia Collins, and Eva Wheatley, personally select and grind the meats and vegetables, which are processed the same day, to ensure optimal freshness and quality. Their company is unique, in that they use a large assortment of local, in season, and imported vegetables, which allows them to vary the types and amounts of produce used. For variety in protein sources, Paws and Claws Pet Pantry offers chicken, turkey, beef, pork, goose, rabbit, lamb, Muscovy duck, ground beef organs, whole beef hearts, chicken giblets, goose hearts, and free range farm fresh eggs. Meals for dogs are comprised of 50% ground meat (including bones) and 50% vegetables, and all meals include kelp and alfalfa. They use no grains or fruits in their products. Paws and Claws Pet Pantry will also make individual specialized diets, to meet specific health and nutritional needs, and they sell the individual items that go into their finished products for those consumers who wish to make their own dog's meals. They offer raw chicken backs/necks, beef necks, lamb necks, pork necks, duck carcass, whole duck, whole goose, whole rabbits, various ground meats, ground organ meats, whole liver, heart, chicken giblets and pulped vegetables.

"Monica Segal"


Monica Segal, "The Doggie Dietician", is certified in Animal Health Care, with studies in animal nutrition, human nutrition, physiology, diseases and parasites, and pet care. She has been a regular guest on "Talk 640 Radio", and has also been interviewed on "Breakfast Television" and "City TV". She writes featured articles in many publications throughout North America, and conducts seminars and work shops, hosts the "K9 Kitchen" internet discussion group, and has a wonderful new book out, called "K9Kitchen, Your Dogs' Diet: The Truth Behind The Hype", which was published in June 2002.

Monica offers three services, which you may want to consider, for your beloved canine companion:

DIET ANALYSIS: A regular diet analysis, is meant for those of you, who are interested in knowing the nutrient values of the diet, that you are currently feeding your dog. This service costs $30.00 (American Funds).

DIET ANALYSIS WITH SUGGESTIONS: Not only will your dog's current diet regimen be analyzed, but Monica will also provide you with feedback and suggestions, on how to correct the diet, so it will better meet your dog's individual needs. This service costs $55.00 (American Funds).

CONSULTATION: This is a comprehensive canine consultation. Together, you and Monica will determine the unique needs of your dog, and a home prepared diet will be created, to meet those needs. Consultations are an ongoing, two month process. During this time, you will have daily contact with Monica, to discuss your dog's reactions to the dietary changes, and modifications will be made, as needed. This service costs $125.00 (American Funds).

For further information, please visit Monica Segal's site at

"BRAVO . . . A Foundation Food for Your Animals"

Bravo!Bravo! was created as a foundation food for a raw diet, that allows you to add the supplements required, to make your dog's or cat's diet complete and appropriate for him. Bravo!'s foundation mixes--chicken, turkey, lamb and beef--combine ground meaty bones and fresh pureed vegetables. We also offer a wide variety of whole and ground bone products. Bravo! is available to dogs and cats in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Washington, DC/Virginia, with new retailers joining them each week. For further information, you can contact BRAVO! by writing, or calling 860-693-0693.

"Carolann Hamilton; Canine Health and Nutrition Consultant"

Carolann has studied Animal Nutrition at the University of Guelph, as well as Animal Diseases and Parasites, and Dermatology. She has also participated in variety of short courses and seminars, in canine health, nutrition, and related topics, including, Diagnosing Sick Dogs; Analyzing Ingredients in Dog Foods; Allergies, Toxins, and Vaccines; Natural Diets and Supplements; Kinesiology; Homeopathy; and Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses.

This is not a substitute for professional veterinary care. Resources listed here, are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dietary Supplements to Consider

As we begin to take more responsibility for our own health, we soon recognize the health needs of our pets. PetSage offers you holistic and healthier choices for your companion animals, from diet, the foundation of health, to complementary and alternative therapies. The research time, they have invested in each product line and item, has gained them a reputation as a knowledgeable and reliable source for holistic and natural pet care products.

This site exists to provide information on Natural Rearing and alternative, holistic, complementary health care for pets. It includes a free copy of the Natural Rearing newsletter and a directory of dog and cat breeders using natural modalities in their programme. There is also a comprehensive natural product listing of herbal, homeopathic, glandular, Bach flower remedies, books, and supplements, utilized by caring animal owners in the health maintenance of their animals. It does not substitute for professional Veterinarian care.

"The Rene Caisse Essiac Recipe and Buying Essiac Mix by the Pound" and

"The Canine Medicine Chest"

This site offers natural solutions for canine health, including supplements to be incorporated into cancer treatment. Pet Medicine Chest's all natural herbal remedies, have been available for over forty-five years.

Recipes To Tantalize Reluctant Eaters

"Carrot Flan"

This recipe originated in England. The original recipe comes from Nature's Children, revised and expanded, by Juliette de Bairacli Levy (author of The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat).


2 cups finely grated raw carrot (grated by hand or food processor)
6 raw egg yolks
6 tablespoons water or stock
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat the egg yolks, water, and salt.  Mix the prepared carrot into the egg mixture.  Grease a casserole and pour in the mixture.  Bake in a 350F degree oven for 30 minutes.  To serve, cut in strips.

Modified Recipe

2 cups finely grated raw carrot (grated by hand or food processor)
6 raw egg yolks
6 tablespoons water or stock
1 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
3/4 cup hard stone ground whole wheat flour (or other grain, e.g., barley, oat, millet, kamut, spelt, brown rice)

Whirl all ingredients together in a food processor or blender.  Bake as above.  Cut in cubes.  

Note:  You can add freshly grated garlic to this recipe, or anything else, you deem appropriate for your dog's diet.

Resource:  Nature's Children (revised and expanded);  Juliette de Bairacli Levy

"Cap Cancer"

So far, nobody has been able to cap cancer, but we do know that there are certain ways of forestalling it, starting with diet.  According to the North London vet, John Carter, who has done a lot of research since his own dog died of cancer, organic vegetables and fruit together with raw liver should be high on the list.  Recent research also leads us to selenium as an essential trace element needed to help ward off cancer, aging and infertility.  Since the early 1970s, selenium has been added to farm animals' feed in parts of the world where natural selenium levels are low.  This includes some areas of Britain, Canada and the United States.


8 ounces (230g) raw liver, chopped
4 ounces (115g) raw organic carrot, grated
1/2 ounce (15g) Brazil nuts (richest natural source of selenium), ground

Mix all the ingredients and serve.

Resource:  The Healthy Dog Book:  The Natural Way to Canine Care and Cuisine;  Alexandra Castedo and Jeannie Kemnitzer

Health Cocktail #1

1/4 cup distilled or filtered water
1/2 cup raw organic calves liver *or*
2 raw organic egg yolks
1 tbsp powdered dulse or kelp
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp organic apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp ground rosemary
400 IU Vitamin E (open capsule and add)

Add fresh juices before feeding:
1/2 cup freshly extracted organic carrot juice
1 tbsp freshly extracted parsley juice
1 tbsp aloe vera juice

Health Cocktail #2

1/4 cup distilled or filtered water
1/2 cup freshly extracted organic carrot juice
1/2 cup freshly extracted celery juice
1 tbsp aloe vera juice
1 tbsp powdered wheat grass or barley greens, or use freshly extracted wheat
grass juice
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
400 IU Vitamin E

Resource:  The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care; CJ Puotinen
CJ Puotinen is also the author of Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats, which features the following topics: Feeding Your Pet the Right Way, Supplements for Pets, and Your Pet's Herbal Pharmacy.



1 pound ground beef or ground chicken (or a combination of ground meats)
3.25 ounces organic puffed rice
3.25 ounces large flake oats or oatmeal
1.25 ounces wheat germ
1 egg, with shell
1 packet Knox gelatin
2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil (or other cold pressed oil, e.g., safflower, avocado)
2 tablespoons unsulphured blackstrap molasses (An extra egg can be used in place of the molasses, if diarrhea is a concern.)
1 pinch iodized sea salt

This can be served raw or baked.  

To bake, preheat oven to 350F degrees, grease a small pyrex, add all ingredients, and bake for 35 minutes, then cut into squares, and store in the refrigerator.

This recipe can be easily doubled, and the addition of approximately 1/4 cup fresh churned unsalted butter, makes it much easier to incorporate all of the ingredients.


Complementary Therapies

New Hope for Treating Cancer

Artemisinin, a herbal extract, has been used for decades, as an anti-malarial drug. However, it is now showing promise for treating cancer. Holley Pharmaceuticals ( imports Artemisinin from China, where ideal growing conditions produce the highest quality plants for making the extract.

In 1995, in the Cancer Letters journal, and in the November 2001 Life Sciences journal, Artemisinin was reported to have killed off all human leukemia and breast cancer cells in a test tube, within 8 to 16 hours, while leaving nearly all of the normal cells unharmed.

The Washington Cancer Institute Department of Orthopedic Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Centre, and a fellowship trained veterinary surgical oncologist in Washington, DC, have collaborated on a project, to determine whether Artemisinin is an effective compound in the treatment of canine osteosarcoma.

The dose recommended for most dogs is 50 mg or 100 mg twice per day for at least one month, continued for up to 6 to 12 months at a time. Artemisinin should not be combined with radiation therapy, but is compatible with chemotherapy.

For the complete story on Artemisinin, check out the May 2003 issue of The Whole Dog Journal, a monthly guide to natural dog care and training, at

Abbey Animal Hospital Business Card Scott, Audi, & Rainey

Dr. Scott Hobson, of Abbey Animal Hospital, offers acupuncture to his patients.
Abbey Animal Hospital
1131 Nottinghill Gate, Oakville, Ontario, L6M 1K5
Phone (905) 827-4100
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm - Acupuncture for Animals - Dr. R.M. Clemmons, DVM, PhD
While acupuncture cannot prevent cancer, it can be very effective in relieving pain caused by cancer, and may help balance the energy flow throughout the body. - The Veterinary Acupuncture Page, aims to provide educational material on Acupuncture to Veterinarians , who want to learn this therapeutic method. Topics include: Small Animal Cancer; Online Study Material on Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Professionals; Lectures on Acupuncture; and Useful Web Sites in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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