Everyone who knows me, knows that I love all animals, but especially I love dogs. To me they are gifts from the universe to give us love and caring while they are here with us. I have posted about Nunzi before but I think that this should be reposted.
We adopted my little Shih Tzu Nunzi when my partner was told that he would have to have open heart surgery - as a companion for me during his surgery and recovery. Nunzi was considered to be a senior dog at 8 years old and he had a funny gait as his front legs were crooked and a little bit short....but he was adorable and I fell in love with him.
He was with me through Earl's recovery, several trips back and forth to Sedona and many other life events. One day, when he was between 12 and 13 years old, a suspicious swollen lump came up on his paw. I thought that the swelling was from a sticker that had gotten into his foot but after having a biopsy it was determined to be a dreaded mast cell tumor that Shih Tzus (and others) can develop. I took him to several vets with knowledge of mast cell tumors. I also sent his urine off to be tested for contaminants to see if there was a cause for the tumor (I just had a feeling that there was). The sample came back that Nunzi was very high in glyphosate (the same thing that Round Up is being sued for). Our homeowners association had been using a glyphosate product.
The veterinary specialist suggested that I have a very expensive surgery, chemo and radiation for Nunzi. They would have to cut most of his foot off; results weren't guaranteed and they couldn't tell me why it came up or if it would come again. Given his age (13+ years at the time) I did not want to put him through all of that so I found a naturopathic vet who was willing to work with me with natural supplements. Our idea was that we would give him natural herbs and supplements to build up his immune system and fight the tumor growth at the same time. Nunzi received everything, including CBD, and I fed him a healthy diet for dogs with cancer. He loved it all and for a long time I thought that he could heal because he was happy, if not healthy. He had a wonderful appetite (including for the supplements that I added) and woke up every morning barking for food.
In the ninth month however, his lymph gland began swelling and his tumor grew huge. One day the tumor opened, started bleeding and he went into shock. I wrapped him in a blanket and took him to my vet with a sinking feeling that I was losing my baby. By the time that I got to the vet my baby was just laying in my arms. I had to make the awful decision to let him go.
Why am I writing about my little furry man again? Pets are a very special gift to us and we must take care of them. I believe that the natural herbs and supplements kept Nunzi alive and happy for nine months (a very long time in a dog's life) instead of radical surgery and drugs. We achieved something - while I cannot say that glyphosate caused Nunzi's cancer, it is a known cancer causing product and my HOA quit using it. Rest well Nunzi - you were much loved!