Preventing Cancer in Dogs
When it comes to dogs or pets for that matter, I always believe that prevention is better than cure. Give your dog the healthy basics of life:
  • Good food
  • Clean filtered water
  • Regular exercise
  • Grooming
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Regular physical examinations once a year
  • Biannual physical exams for dogs 8 years & older
  • Pay attention to bowel habits
Feed Less Toxins, More Nutrients
  • Choose dog food with the least artificial colours, flavours and preservatives - many of these have direct links to cancer - bladder cancer as the kidney filters many toxins and concentrates them in the bladder.
  • Feed your dog more nutrient rich fruits and vegetables. Choose food rich in antioxidants & fatty acids.
  • The most inexpensive way to prevent bladder cancer is to get your pet to drink more water. Water dilutes the toxins in the body, making them leave the body quicker.
  • Curcumin is the yellow pigment in turmeric, the spice that gives curry its distinctive colour. Both turmeric and curcumin have been shown to inhibit tumor growth.
  • Garlic is well known and often used for its cancer-inhibiting properties. Small amounts of fresh minced garlic or aged garlic extract can be added to any dog's dinner.
Exercise to Health
  • Exercise stimulates the immune system and releases endorphins, it also facilitates weight management, which is important because obesity is a risk factor for some types of cancer.

Spaying & Neutering

  • Female dogs have a significantly lower risk of developing mammary tumors if they are spayed before coming into season for the first or second time.
  • Testicular cancer is obviously not a problem in neutered males.
Passive Smoking
  • Passive smoke is a serious problem for pets, especially those who spend hours every day at the feet of their smoking companions. Passive smoking is as dangerous to dogs as it is to infants.
Chemicals & Pesticides
Lawn treatments and agricultural chemicals are known to cause cancer in animals. Dogs pick up pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals through their feet and, when they sniff the ground, through their noses
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