We all want to do what’s best for our beloved pets, and that includes minimizing their chances of becoming ill. Veterinarians all over the world are seeing a disturbing trend – younger pets contracting previously rare forms of cancer. Leukemia, sarcoma, and lymphoma are not unusual now in four- or five-year-old dogs and cats.
Your pet’s susceptibility is dependent on genetic predisposition and environmental variables. Right now, there is not much we can do about genetics, but the environmental influence on cancer is profound. The sad truth is that we live in a toxic world, and our pets are on the frontlines of exposure. We need to take heed and learn from their experience. If an animal has an overload of toxicity, food, heavy metals, pollution, pesticides, and other toxic substances, its body will create a cell (cancer) to draw all toxins to it. Cancer prevention really is about making permanent lifestyle changes that will protect you and your pet.
Here are some simple suggestions to keep your pet healthy and alive!
Be careful with vaccines. Never vaccinate a sick or stressed animal. Instead of yearly vaccines, get a blood test to check if antibody levels are adequate. Over-vaccination can lead to immune disorders, allergies, and even cancer. Fibro sarcomas in cats from vaccines are a horrible but preventable disease.
Feed fresh food. Homemade diets are great and put you in control. Even raw meat may be fine for some animals. Highly processed canned and dry kibble is not adequate for optimum health and may contain toxic ingredients.
Provide clean, fresh water. The EPA has told us that the water supply is tainted with antibiotics, antidepressants, and hormones, but that low levels are safe. This is unacceptable! Get a reverse osmosis filter for your home or use the best filters you can afford. Do not let your pet drink runoff rain water that is loaded with petroleum by products and heavy metals.
Evaluate monthly medications. There are no studies evaluating the long-term risks of Interceptor, Heartguard, and other powerful drugs. When you apply topical insecticides on your pets, you and your family are also exposed when you touch them.
Avoid environmental toxins. Pets play and sleep close to the ground and frequently lick themselves to groom, so their exposure to chemicals is amplified. Avoid plastics (bowls and toys), secondhand smoke, and formaldehyde (new carpets and paint). Examine your cleaning products and go green if possible. Lawn chemicals have been linked to lymphoma in dogs.
The best medicine. This may sound odd, but your pet feels your emotions! Anger, fear, and depression have been shown to lower immunity. Joy, love, and laughter enhance healing and strengthen immunity. This is the short list of easy things to change right now to protect your pet. What if cancer strikes? Don’t despair; there is a list for that, too!
Animal Wellness Center