Cancer: The Top 10 Strategies for Prevention in Dogs

Cancer: The Top 10 Strategies for Prevention in Dogs

Many vets believe that cancer has reached epidemic proportions in dogs.

It kills more pets than any other disease and remains the number one reason (excluding euthanasia) for death in dogs according to the National Canine Cancer Foundation.

That’s pretty scary when you think about it.

I believe that using holistic preventative measures is by far the best approach to preventing the disease in both ourselves and our pets.

Why This Article?

My goal for this article is to open your eyes to the most important things that you can do as a dog owner with regards to prevention.

It’s a given that any dog can develop the disease, but certain breeds such as golden retrievers and boxers are more prone to a congenital defect passed on from their parents.

But, why not take steps to do what you can to help prevent it despite breed or age.

Did you know that one in three dogs will develop cancer? What’s really scary is that this number increases for dogs over the age of ten to one out of two dogs.  Wow, one in two older dogs will develop cancer!

The real problem is that we’ve chosen to accept the diagnosis as a death sentence. Even if your dog has been given a grim diagnosis; don’t give your best friend an expiration date without a fight.  I know how you feel; I’ve been given that diagnosis more than once for my own dogs which is why I urge you to read on. 

Early Detection Is Vital

Canine Cancer is an epidemic and the veterinary community isn’t treating it as one. That’s according to one of my favorite vets, Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM.

It’s so important to check every lump and bump on your dog as soon as you find it. Your vet can do a simple procedure that’s very minimally invasive where he uses a fine needle and aspirates the growth and sends it to the lab for testing. If your traditional vet doesn’t want to do this; I recommend that you start looking for a new veterinarian and preferably a holistic vet, because it’s a MUST.

I do want to share with you though that I once found a tumor in my doberman’s ear. Her holistic vet did this procedure and the results came back as negative for cancer cells. *This is importantMake sure your vet does blood work in order to check your dog’s immune system. Jenna’s immune system was very, very low which was a red alert for her vet that something was going on.

She told me not to get to excited about the results of the test, because they are not always 100% accurate. Once she told me this, I just decided to have the tumor completely removed and biopsied. The biopsy came back that the tumor was indeed cancerous. Jenna’s doctor was confident that she got it all. You can read more about my dog Jenna’s cancer story here.

The Best Prevention

Whether your dog appears to be healthy or not doesn’t matter when it comes to cancer prevention. Your goal should include prevention methods in your dog’s life style now – NOT LATER. There’s no guarantees in life, but it’s believed that a few simple lifestyle changes may help to prevent cancer.

The Top 10 Methods To Preventing Cancer In Dogs

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  •  Diet of course is first by boosting healthy cells in order to prevent canine cancer before it ever gets a chance to grow. You should feed your dog a diet that is minimally processed. A diet free of preservatives and artificial coloring. A diet that includes a high quality protein source (meat). I include leafy green and other veggies such as kale, broccoli, parsley,  cauliflower, dandelion and green beans cooked VERY well until very soft or diced very small and fed raw.  Nutraceuticals such as fish oil (MUST be GUARANTEED TOXIN FREE) and a good vitamin supplement such as Cell Advance (above) are a very important part of prevention and treatment of cancer.   If you home cook for your dog, simmering the meal in purified water or low sodium broth so that it’s evenly cooked and tender is one recommendation. Boiling occurs at 212 degrees Fahrenheit and when food is boiled – little if any carcinogens are created. Or, slow cooking on low temperatures.  Never give your dog burnt or blackened meat. Dog foods that are 100% all natural and similar to homemade are always better.  My cookbook also includes easy recipes for the crock pot for dogs diagnosed with cancer.
  • Second, use only purified water for your dog and yourself. It’s pretty easy today to avoid tap water. We have a filtered system on our kitchen sink so that everyone is drinking toxin free water. Don’t minimize this particular canine cancer prevention strategy – there’s alot of chemicals in our drinking water. This is very important folks!
  • Limit the vaccinations on healthy dogs.  If your dog already has cancer – avoid vaccinating completely. Get a waiver from your Veterinarian.  Always avoid vaccinations that are bundled together. The rabies vaccine is the only vaccine required by law, but often times vaccines are dispensed in a bundle.   Can you imagine how this affects your dog’s immune system? All these poisons going into your dog’s bloodstream at once. Never vaccinate a sick or older dog with a weakened immune system.
  • This strategy is HUGE! Keep your dog at a healthy weight. Overweight dogs are at a much higher risk of developing cancer and many other diseases as well.  Yes, your dog’s weight has a whole lot to do with his or her cancer diagnosis and the possibility of recovery.
  • Keep your dog away from pollutants such as cigarette smoke. If you smoke, avoid allowing your dog to breath in second hand smoke which is believed to cause nasal cancer.
  • Only use all natural flea and tick repellents on your dog. Avoid the traditional insecticide flea treatments including the popular topical spot treatments. Here’s the one I use on my dogs.
  • NEVER allow your dog to ride in the back of a truck where he’s breathing in all the exhaust fumes. This is something that has always bothered me for the simple fact that the dog can easily jump or fall out.
  • When it comes to maintaining your lawn and gardens, use the least toxic products you can. According to what I read, the National Cancer Institute found that dog owners who used common weed killing products that contained 2,4 Dichlorophenoxyzcetic Acid aka 2,4-D actually had double the rate of lymphoma cancer in their dogs vs owners who did not use these products. Look for more natural methods and if you still decide to use these products, don’t allow your dog in that area until it’s considered safe (I don’t particularly trust what’s on the packaging though). Cocoa bean mulch is also considered toxic to dogs.
  • Stress is just as bad for our dogs as it is for us. Give your dog a calm, relaxing environment. Things that trigger stress include anxiety, anger and irritation. Remember, your dog knows what your feeling, so try and relax yourself. These negative emotions cause the liver to overwork and cause tumors. It’s critical to find a way to help your dog relax.
  • Exercise your dog, please. This is critical for the prevention of disease and for maintaining good health. DO NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY! Your big back yard’s not enough if your dog doesn’t routinely exercise in it. Walk your dog every day.

Canine Cancer – IT’S ALL ABOUT PREVENTION – Do You Have Any Prevention Tips?