Posts Tagged ‘cancer in golden retrievers’

Rabies in Dogs

Why Challenge Current Rabies Vaccine Policy?

Rabies vaccination is required by law in nearly all areas. Even though protection from rabies is documented to last at least three years, current law in some states or areas still requires that boosters be given annually or biannually rather than the standard policy of every three years. However, vaccination against rabies virus is occasionally associated with debilitating adverse effects. According to the CDC domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid. Scientific data indicate that vaccinating dogs against rabies every three years, as most states require, is unnecessary.

Studies have shown the duration of protective immunity as measured by serum antibody titers against rabies virus to persist for seven years post-vaccination. By validating the ‘true’ life of rabies virus immunity and moving to five and hopefully seven years, we will decrease the risk of adverse reactions in our animals and minimize their repeated exposure to foreign substances. Killed vaccines like those for rabies virus can trigger both immediate and delayed adverse vaccine reactions (termed “vaccinosis”). While there may be immediate hypersensitivity reactions, other acute events tend to occur 24-72 hours afterwards, or up to 45 days later in the case of delayed reactions.

Reactions that have been documented include:

  • Behavior changes such as aggression and separation anxiety
  • Obsessive behavior,self-mutilation, tail chewing
  • Pica – eating wood, stones, earth, stool
  • Destructive behavior, shredding bedding
  • Seizures, epilepsy
  • Fibrosarcomas at injection site
  • Autoimmune diseases such as those affecting bone marrow and blood cells, joints, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system
  • Muscular weakness and or atrophy
  • Chronic digestive problems

The Rabies Challenge Fund

Rabies Exemptions and Waivers
Rabies Vaccination is required by law. In some instances, it is possible to secure a written waiver for exemption from rabies booster vaccination. A letter justifying the medical reason for such exemption needs to be obtained from your primary care veterinarian. When seeking a waiver, a rabies serum antibody titer should be performed. Adequate serum rabies titers are at least 1:5 by the RFFIT method. Waiver requests are not generally accepted based on serum antibody titers alone, but may be granted on a case-by-case basis with justification. Waivers are not granted as a matter of personal preference, and localities often do not permit waivers and exemptions regardless of the justification.

This article comes from the Rabies Challenge Fund.  They are an organization that does what they say they will do.  They are currently working on changing the law from rabies being given every three years to every seven years.  Please donate anything you can to help this organization achieve this goal.  Our dogs lives depend on it.  Go to: to make a donation.

White Oak Golden Retrievers


Cancer in Dogs

Do You Make This Cancer-Inducing Pet Mistake?

By Dr. Becker

Many pet guardians don’t realize the potential for exposing  their four-legged family member to environmental toxins like pesticides and herbicides.  People also don’t realize that after they apply a product to their lawn or  garden, the chemical residues are tracked indoors on pet paws, and contaminate  surfaces throughout their home.

A pesticide known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or “2,4-D”,  was developed during World War II. It was one of two active ingredients in the  notorious defoliant known as Agent Orange, used during the Vietnam War to  destroy forest cover for our enemies, as well as their food crops. A tremendous  amount of herbicide was sprayed over millions of acres of land in Vietnam from  1961 to 1972. Agent Orange was the most commonly used product, and it has since  been revealed to cause a wide range of serious health issues, including rashes,  psychological problems, birth defects, tumors, and cancer.

These days, 2,4-D is used on athletic fields, golf courses,  landscaping, timberland, rights-of-way, and various crops. A short list of  popular products containing 2,4-D includes:   

  • Bayer Advanced All-in-One Lawn Weed and  Crabgrass Killer
  • Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max
  • Scotts Liquid Turf Builder
  • Sta-Green Phosphorus-Free Weed & Feed
  • Scotts Snap Pac Weed & Feed

  Despite decades of scientific studies associating 2,4-D with  cancer in humans and animals, the chemical continues to be one of the top three  pesticides sold in the U.S. More recent studies have linked the chemical to  hormone disruption that increases the risk of birth defects and neurologic  damage in children.


Pesticides, Bees, and Your Pet

I’m sure many of you are aware that bee colonies across the world are disappearing in a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder (CCD). In fact, most U.S. beekeepers have lost from 50 to 90 percent of their honeybee populations.

There are several factors involved in the die off of bees, not the least of which is the unprecedented widespread use of pesticides and insecticides. Neonicotinoid pesticides kill insects by attacking their nervous systems. These are known to get into pollen and nectar, and can damage beneficial insects such as bees.

Honeybees contribute $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the U.S. economy alone, as a full one-third of the American food supply depends on them pollinating crops. Just about every fruit and vegetable you can think of is dependent on the pollinating services of bees. Apple orchards, for instance, require one colony of bees per acre in order to be adequately pollinated. So, unless the mysterious disappearance of bees is reversed, major food shortages could result.

If we don’t take action to protect bees and other pollinators from the toxic effects of pesticides and insecticides, there is no question that the survival of our pets, and our own survival, will be in jeopardy. In fact, honeybees are so crucial to our existence that a quote attributed to Einstein states: “If bees die out, man will only have four years of life left on Earth.”

Pesticides and Canine Malignant Lymphoma

Most dogs love a carpet of thick green grass. They run  around on it, roll on it, dig at it, and stick their noses in it. But unlike humans,  who launder their clothes and bathe regularly, dogs don’t change their fur or  footpads every day. Whatever collects on their feet and coat outdoors stays  there until the next time they get a bath. It also gets deposited across  multiple surfaces inside your home, including carpeting, rugs, furniture and  pet bedding.

A recently published study conducted over a six year period  by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University1 showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by  professional lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine  malignant lymphoma – a progressive, fatal disease — by as much as 70  percent.

Sadly, it’s easy to envision how normal canine behavior  turns risky when your dog’s outdoor environment has been doused in potentially  toxic chemicals.

Herbicides and Bladder Cancer In Dogs

Another study, published last year in Science  of the Total Environment,2 indicates that exposure to herbicide-treated lawns has been associated with significantly  higher bladder  cancer risk in dogs.

The chemicals in question are common herbicides containing  2,4-D, 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxypropionic acid (MCPP) and/or dicamba. Dogs are  being exposed through ingestion, inhalation and transdermal contact.

Since these chemicals are commonly detected in grass  residues from treated lawns AND untreated lawns, it’s clear there is chemical  drift. This means that even if you don’t use these products, if a neighbor  does, your dog could still be at risk from chemicals that blow into your yard  from a nearby property.

Flea and Tick Preventives (Pesticides) and Your Pet

You may not be aware of it, but most flea  and tick preventives are actually pesticides, regardless of what form they  come in — spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos, or collars.

Spot-on  products attracted the attention of the EPA in 2009 after reports surfaced  of over 40,000 adverse events the prior year, including 600 deaths of family  pets. The agency called for new labeling requirements, but as recently as  September, four  cats were reported to have died from misuse of the products.

It’s important to remember that just because a compound is  applied to or worn on your pet’s fur doesn’t mean it’s safe. What goes ON your pet goes IN your pet, by absorption through the skin  or ingestion during grooming.

Protecting Your Pet from Toxic Pesticides

Don’t apply pesticides to your yard, and if you use a lawn  care service, don’t allow them to use chemicals, either. The same goes for  herbicides, and be aware that a neighbor’s herbicide can potentially  contaminate your property and pose a risk to your pet.

Avoid lawn care and other gardening products that contain  insect growth regulators (IGRs). (And be aware that the chemical pyriproxyfen,  an IGR, is used in certain flea/tick spot-on treatments.)

Don’t allow your dog access to any lawn unless you can  confirm no pesticides have been used.

If you think your pet has rolled around on chemically  treated grass, my recommendation is to bathe him as soon as possible. If you’ve walked your dog in a suspect grassy area,  giving him a foot  soak as soon as you get home should flush away any chemical residue that  may be clinging to his feet and lower legs.

If you live in a townhouse or community that applies  chemicals to common areas, I recommend “detoxing” a patch of grass in your  backyard by watering the chemicals down into the soil to reduce skin contact  after application. Keep your pet on a leash (and on the sidewalk) until you’ve  walked to your chemical free destination.

When it comes to pest control, remember — keeping your  pet’s immune system healthy and strong is the best way to help him fight off  parasites as well as disease. A balanced,  species-appropriate diet is  the foundation upon which your pet’s good health and long life must be built.

Use a safe, natural pest deterrent that is chemical-free.  Also consider cedar oil (specifically manufactured for pet health), natural  food-grade diatomaceous earth, or fresh garlic (work with your holistic vet to  determine a safe amount for your pet’s body weight).

Bathe and brush your pet regularly and perform frequent full-body  inspections to check for parasite activity, and insure your indoor and outdoor  environments are unfriendly to pests.

Detoxifying Your Pet

Consider periodic detoxification for your pet. The level of environmental exposure to chemicals will dictate the  appropriate frequency and type of detox. If your dog has constant exposure to  toxic chemicals all summer, supplying a daily detox protocol is a wise idea. But  if your pet’s only source of chemical exposure is heartworm pills, or if you  are applying flea and tick chemicals directly on your pet, then offering a  detox program the week after each pill or topical treatment makes sense.

There are many detoxifying  herbs and supplements to choose from. A detox protocol should not cause any  side effects or visible changes in your pet.


This excellent article by holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker is eye opening.  If you don’t want your pet to die of cancer, start now. 

White Oak Golden Retrievers

Cancer in Dogs

I get a call everyday from someone who has just lost their beloved Golden.  A Golden that means everything; their best friend; the one that understands them; the one that has been there through thick and thin; their child, their protector, their life!

It always happens the same way; suddenly and without warning they become ill and their health deteriorates quickly and then they are gone!

Then they question; did I do everything I could, did I not do something.


 Cancer is the #1 killer of all breeds. We all need to take a stand to buy dogs that are not in-bred or line-bred, feed a natural diet, avoid chemicals and vaccines that are pushed at our dogs in all forums, refuse to aspire to a “standard” setup by organizations that do not have our dogs health or best interest in any of the money making schemes that publish.

Join us to save your dog before it’s too late. Check out our Health and Diet Page of our Website.

White Oak Golden Retrievers