Cancer has one of the most frequently diagnosed and most devastating disease pet owners have been faced with in recent years. Research shows 50% of dogs over the age of two will develop cancer and 25% diagnosed will die from the disease, according to the Morris Animal Foundation. While there are no official scientific study that prove you can prevent all cancers there are some through clinical experience veterinarians have found some common sense tactics that pet owners can take to reduce their pup’s risk.
Here are 5 areas to consider:
1. Regular physical examination and home examinations
Regularly placing their hands on their canine companions, on a daily basis is recommended, to perform a DIY (Do It Yourself) version of a physical exam. By feeling the torso and limbs with finger tips pet owners to detect areas of discomfort, heat or swelling, skin lesions or masses, or other abnormalities that can then be brought to a veterinarian’s attention.
All pets should have a physical examination by a veterinarian at least every 12 months (more frequently for juvenile, geriatric, and sick pets).
2. Healthy natural diet
The quality and quantity of food you are feeding your pet is very important. Look for brands with organic ingredients and low in carbohydrates. Diseases of the heart, kidney, liver, pancreas (diabetes), musculoskeletal (arthritis, disk disease) system, urinary tract, skin, and cancer are all associated with being overweight or obese.The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) estimates that 54 percent of pets in the United States are overweight or obese (an astounding 89 million cats and dogs).
3. Reduce the use of flea and tick products
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) pesticide division states that one of the laboratory effects of fipronil in the popular flea and tick product Frontline, is thyroid cancer and altered thyroid hormones.While the company creates the impression that their product does not migrate into the body, radiolabeled fibronil was found in several organs and in the fat of tested dogs and was also excreted in their urine and feces.
4. Choose natural detergents and cleaning products
Take it upon yourself to research dryer sheets and room deodorizers on the web and you’ll discover their cancer causing ingredients. You will be surprised how many cancer causing agents are in everyday cleaning product.
5. Spay and Neuter your dog after 1 year of age
A growing body of research is implicating early spaying and neutering in increasing cancer rates. In a 2002 study, it was established that there was an increased risk of osteosarcoma in both male and female Rottweilers sterilized before the age of one year.
In another study, it was shown that the risk of bone cancer in sterilized large purebred dogs was twice that of dogs that were not neutered.
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