Receiving a diagnosis of cancer in your beloved companion can be devastating. Often you are urged to make uninformed financial and treatment decisions when in an emotional state - and these decisions may not be in your animals' best interest.

So what can we do? First - breathe. Ask for a full prognosis from your vet and for his or her experience with dealing with this form of cancer. Get a written estimate of the financial picture of their recommended treatment. Find out what typical survival rates are for the types of treatment offered - and how the treatment will affect quality of life - for instance -chemotherapy may not offer much life extension and can cause painful side effects.

Obviously, if the cancer has progressed far enough to have completely compromised a pain-free quality of life - you should discuss euthanasia.

But once this first crush of information comes your way - what should you do next?

First - evaluate your animal's diet and routine for known carcinogens and problems. Is the food chemically preserved? Are you using cancer causing toxins such as ivermectin, heartworm meds, topical flea and tick preparations? How is your water quality? If any of these might be part of the problem - look into alternatives.

Next - Help the body to cleanse and breathe. All cancer cells have turned from oxygen respiration to sugar fermentation for energy. Detoxification of the liver, kidneys and lymph system will assist the bodies ability to heal and make it easier to rid itself of waste. Highly oxygenating the body with oral or IV ozone will help fight the cancer - cancer can't survive in a high oxygen field.

Provide the body with a superior diet and water. Find a local provider of organic, raw diets for pets - or organic grains for your horse. Keep sugar and carbs to an absolute minimum - cancer feeds on sugar.

Research alternative health practitioners in your area. Are any vets offering detox or ozone therapies? Do they have experience with anticancerous herbs such as graviola, burdock root, etc.? What about laser heat induction or pH treatment with cesium?

Also - never vaccinate a sick animal. And an animal with cancer of any type - from mast cell tumors to melanomas, has a compromised immune system and, in my opinion, should NEVER be vaccinated.

Don't try to do it all alone! Work with someone you trust to help you make decisions and do the research.

And lastly - find the thankfulness within you. Be grateful that your animal survived the poisons that created the cancer originally. You have more time together and the chance for recovery.

Author's Bio: 

Kay Aubrey-Chimene is a BioNutritional Consultant, Lecturer, Clinician, Author, Freelance writer, horsewoman, alternative therapist. She owns and operates Grand Adventures Ranch - Holistic Animal Cancer Recovery Center in Sonoita, Arizona and offers Animal Cancer Recovery Coaching Programs for the owners of animals facing this health challenge.