Pet Cancer: Decrease the Odds

Pet Cancer: Decrease the Odds

Schertz_Xtra_iStock_000025222217_LargeCancer is a diagnosis many pet owners fear; and yet, as pets live longer, cancer rates invariably rise. While the pet cancer statistics can be alarming, researchers in the field of veterinary medicine are developing new and more effective ways to treat certain types of pet cancer all the time. As a pet owner, you may also help reduce your pet’s carcinogen exposure and encourage a healthy lifestyle, which is so important to reducing your pet’s chances of developing cancer.

Knowing the signs of pet cancer can help in early detection, which is important to how effective treatment will be. While there are numerous types of cancers – each with unique symptoms and manifestations – there are some common, red-flag warnings:

  • Lumps or bumps (keep in mind, most lumps are benign, but should still be checked out)
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Appetite loss
  • Lethargy or decreased energy
  • Straining to urinate or defecate
  • Swelling
  • Chronic cough
  • Bad breath
  • If any of these symptoms are present in your pet, we recommend scheduling an exam to rule out underlying health issues.

    Pet Cancer Prevention: Know and Reduce the Risks

    Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells, prompted by damage to DNA. While there are some cancers linked to genetics, many pet cancers are caused by environmental factors. It’s essential to cancer prevention to understand the most common carcinogens in your environment and how you can minimize your pet’s exposure. Here are some of the dangerous carcinogens many pets are exposed to:

  • Secondhand cigarette smoke
  • Car fumes and smog
  • Herbicides and pesticides
  • Fertilizers
  • Artificial preservatives and dyes in pet food, such as BHT/BHA and Ethoxyquin
  • Cleaning products
  • The daily choices you make when it comes to your pet’s diet and lifestyle also play an important role in keeping your pet cancer-free. The first step is in feeding your pet quality pet food comprised of whole foods, such as real, lean meats (meat should be the first ingredient rather than meal), vegetables and fruits with high antioxidant values, such as dark green, leafy vegetables and berries, and whole grains.

    Along with quality nutrition, your pet’s health and natural immune system defenses will be strengthened with the following healthy pet tips:

  • Keep your pet active and his or her weight in check with daily exercise
  • Offer fresh, filtered water to encourage hydration
  • Keep your pet’s annual wellness care appointments, which are essential to early detection and prevention
  • Opt for natural pet care products with minimal chemicals and additives
  • Choose natural lawn care products and household cleaners whenever possible
  • As we continue to learn more about pet cancer and become better equipped to successfully treat cancers, the emphasis remains on prevention. Help create a healthy home and outdoor environment for you, your family, and your pet by being mindful of the products you use. And, help manage your pet’s weight and improve overall health through an active exercise regime and nutritious, whole foods diet.

    If you have any questions about pet cancer and your pet’s risk, we are here to help.

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