DOG CANCER IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH in dogs. It accounts for almost half of all deaths in dogs and cats over the age of 10. According to Dr. Karen Halligan, one in four will develop cancer it its lifetime.
Dogs are affected by more than 100 types of cancer surpassing any other domestic pet. This is one reason why it’s critical to stay on top of your dog’s health. Exposure to smoke, asbestos, hormones, chemicals, viruses and radiation, sunlight and immune system failure are all causes of dog cancer. Certain breeds including golden retrievers, bulldogs and boxers are predisposed by hereditary factors.
Keep in mind that many cancers can be cured if caught early enough, while others can be treated if not cured.
Five Tips To Help Prevent Dog Cancer
Routine Visits To The Vet
Early detection is key. Annual exams for dogs 7 or under and exams every 6 months for dogs 8 and over. Consider a holistic veterinarian for your dog.
Exercise Your Dog
Routine exercise helps to keep your dog lean and is critical for optimal health. It is believed to strengthen their immune system against diseases such as cancer. Overweight dogs have a 50% higher chance of developing cancer than dogs that are at a healthy weight.
Prevent Sunburn and Limit Sun Exposure
Dogs and cats with short white fur are at a higher risk of skin cancer caused by sun exposure. Use an SPF 30 sunblock on the nose and the tips of the ears. When possible, avoid walking when the sun is the strongest between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm.
Exposure to Chemicals
Limit your dog to known carcinogens including herbicides, insecticides and tobacco smoke. Avoid using house and garden pesticides or use products that are the least toxic. There are many natural products that you can use on your yard for fleas, ticks and pests. Keep your pet away from passive smoke.
I also recommend using all natural flea and tick treatments on your dog vs the typical chemical laced products which are believed to cause cancer and many other health problems including seizures. LIMIT VACCINATIONS which are also believed to cause many health problems for our domestic pets; you can read more here.
Spay and Neuter
When a female dog is spayed before her first heat cycle, the risk of breast cancer decreases to almost zero. Neutering a male dog completely eliminates the chance of testicular cancer.
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