How Toxins also affect our dear Pets
Our pets are also at risk
I have been writing quite a few posts on the dangers in our daily life. Some of these are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the foods we eat.
In big cities, the air is often so polluted that it is dangerous to our health and when small dogs go out for their daily walks, they even breathe a bigger amount of bad air as we do, toxins are heavy and stay close to the ground.
Our tap water often has a cocktail of bad things in it. These particles are invisible to the naked eye but negative to our health. The same applies to our food when you look at the labels of men made food you can hardly pronounce the word and neither do you know what it is.
When we think about our pets, our dogs and cats, we want the best for them. We want them to be healthy for many years. The air they breathe is not so easy to influence that. Don’t take your dogs for a walk on the streets if you can avoid it. The best is to go to a park or the outskirts of a city.
With free-roaming cats, it is not possible to decide where they go as they go where they want. To keep a cat, especially alone, always inside is sad as they love to go out and explore with a bit of hunting on the side.
The water your pet drinks is important
You might think to avoid giving your animals tap water, you would do better to give it bottled water. If so, then it cannot be from a plastic bottle which is also unhealthy. I have a trick to improve their water. It is cheap and easy to do. I put a layer of clay, like a finger thick, and then fill up the bowl with water.
Only a glass bowl or ceramic, never a plastic or metal bowl. For more details on the use of clay read my post Helpful Clay and the Unique Ways to Use It.
You take care of your pet’s food, not too much salt, fat or additives. There are many brands, be it dry or wet food. Some people like to give their animals’ raw food or home-cooked meals.
If you have outdoor cats, they add some food while hunting. Whatever you do, you do with the best intention to maintain your pet’s health.
What do you do when your pet has fleas?
What does one do when you discover your pets have fleas? You will probably go to your vet or visit a store specialized in pet care. You might buy the well-known product FRONTLINE.
Please do not do that, it is dangerous. Dogs and cats alike have been suffering from severe side effects, after all, it is a pesticide, and sadly some of these animals have died.
Please have a look at this linked website.
Michael and Shugar arrive in Spain
To end this post, I want to tell you about the personal experience Michael and I had with his cat Shugar. They both emigrated from the US to Spain in Aug. 2016. Shugar is a big, beautiful, white and deaf girl of 13 years old. I had called her Rolly Polly which irritated Michael some, he would call her Rubenesque.
Here is a photo of the day when I had picked her up from Malaga airport, 1 day before Michael was to arrive. On coming home she immediately went to eat on the upper floor which would be her home as it was planned Michael would have his workroom there.
We had Shugar in the patio but as she is deaf and was talking a lot in the beginning months, my other cats took a while to get used to her. Cindy my dog who loves cats had no problem with her at all and Shugar also got used to having Cindy at a short distance without getting nervous. As she was moving more than in Nampa/Idaho where she lived with Michael she started to lose some weight also due to the fact she had to get used to the cobblestones.
In the first week of July, we noticed that the cats started to scratch, so they had a minor attack of fleas. Michael went to the vet here in the village and got some Frontline for the family.
About a week after applying it we noticed Shugar was deteriorating, eating less, having weak back legs, and she started walking on her entire foot from the toes to her heel. As you know, cats walk on their toes so we were concerned. The other cats were doing fine.
It did not take long, but then Shugar stopped eating and Michael took her to the vet. He gave her some pain injections and a vitamin paste, but it did not really help. After some more days, which included 2 more visits to the vet, he said we better take her to the hospital in the next village where they have a 24-hour service.
By that time she was very weak, had not eaten for over a week and had therefore lost a lot of weight. As I said she used to be a big girl with some 9kg and was now about half.
Shugar is very sick
We took her to the hospital on a Friday, and they took a blood test. It would take 45 minutes for the result, so we went for a coffee. The young doctor spoke some English and said it does not look good at all. She had a severe liver infection with toxic levels being well over double safe levels. Shugar had to stay there, and we went home rather upset.
On Saturday they told us she had eaten a tiny bit of food and on Sunday, after calling, we went to pick her up again. She looked rather awful, I must say.
The first week she stayed very weak, dragging herself over the floor, a sad sight indeed. No strength at all in her back legs and on top of all this misery she had started to pull out her hair. We will have to bring her in for a new blood test to see if there is any improvement.
She is having special dry food, which is indicated for liver problems. We have decided to give a small bite of tuna as breakfast with 1 drop of CBD oil. She is also drinking clay water. Every day she is improving a tiny bit and trying to walk on her toes again.
If you love your pets and I am sure you do never ever give it Frontline again. Perhaps nothing happens the first or second time you apply this product, but it could well happen in the future.
Although I have written about the reactions suffered by my cat Shugar, other pets suffer equal pain. The following link discusses Frontline’s effects on dogs.
Just an update on our cat Shugar
We have started giving her a drop of CBD oil each morning with her breakfast and she appears to be improving. She appears to be redeveloping muscle mass in her rear legs.
I have just been sent a video discussing the benefits of using the Sacred Plant on your pets. We have learned that all mammals have cannabinoid receptors throughout our bodies. It is to be expected that our furry friends would benefit just like humans, but on a smaller scale.
Here you can watch a very interesting video on CBD and pets. I gave Cindy, my dog CBD, the last years of her life. I am convinced it helped her manage the pain.
Shugar is no more. On the 3e of February 2020, Michael decided to call the vet. She came to Spain and had light diabetes, which got worse over time. She needed an injection in the morning and evening. Last year she had a couple of episodes where she would stop eating. We would take her to the hospital in the next village, staying a couple of days, and on coming home she would recuperate again.
You know cats have many lives and I think Shugar definitely used up all of them. Her last day was not good, so it really was time to say goodbye.Michael asked me to call the vet and he came quickly to the house. When she got her injection, she was purring and peacefully fell asleep. She has a pretty grave in the garden next to Cindy and Missu. We miss her and for Michael it is very difficult as his workroom is kind of empty.
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