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Cancer: Understanding the Risks and How to Combat Them      


Dr. Al Townshend

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 1 in 4 dogs, and over 50% of dogs over 10 years of age are likely to develop some form of Cancer. Additionally, Colorado State University estimates that 1 in 5 cats will be diagnosed with Cancer in their lifetimes.

Guardians understand that their beloved pets don’t live as long as humans do and want to  do all they can to extend that life for as long as possible.

 

Can We Prevent Cancer in Our Pets?

There is a lot we don’t know about what causes Cancer in our animals. As a result, Cancer research is a high priority within the scientific community.

Today, most agree that the causes of the many different types of cancer are largely multifaceted. Many things can influence the way the body reacts and when enough factors come together Cancer can rear its ugly head.

Genetics

Unfortunately, some breeds are pre-dispositioned to certain illnesses, including Cancer. Golden Retrievers, Boxers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers are said to be more likely to develop specific types of cancer. Those interested in a pure-bred pet should ask detailed questions about cancer in their blood lines. Here’s more on cancer and genetics.

 

Food

Most animals eat the same thing day in and day out. If that food consists of low-quality ingredients, colorings, or chemicals, they can negatively impact an animal’s immunity, making them susceptible to disease. Natural, biologically appropriate nutrition for a pet that evolves as a carnivore with no chemical preservatives or artificial colorings can make a difference. Check out all the other ways proper nutrition can lower the risk of cancer.

 

Lifestyle

How we raise our pets can have a direct effect on their immunity. A healthy immune system is pivotal in the defense against illness and disease. Exposure to second-hand smoke, certain household cleaners, synthetics and toxins as well as a stressful environment can all increase cancer risk. Choosing the best foods, providing regular exercise and a safe environment, along with undying love and attention are all part of a lifestyle that assures a long life.

 

Environmental Factors

Environmental factors can play a significant role in the risk of cancer. Exposure to toxins and carcinogens in the air, water, and land is hard to avoid and plays a significant role. Food ingredients that have not been grown without the aide of toxic herbicides and pesticides. Water sources known to be free of toxins and fresh clean air in the home, Check out the many ways a safe environment can help lower the risk of cancer.

 

Cancer is Devastating

Cancer prevention is complex, and the statistics above are not encouraging. It requires a commitment by the entire family to do everything possible to reduce the risk for the pet and the family. The resource sites above can help you better understand cancer and ways to reduce the risk. 

 

Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation

Guardians and their families often feel alone and helpless in dealing with the diagnosis of cancer in their loving pet. It is a difficult process for everyone, no matter how it ends. Having a helping hand in times of need, knowing there are other Guardians that have been where you are can help you through the tough time. Kali’s Wish Cancer Foundation, is the first and only registered charity in Canada to solely support pet Guardians and their families facing pet cancer.

The founder of Pet Planet started Kali’s Wish after she experienced cancer in one of her pets and recognized the void. It is a foundation of volunteers that have been down the difficult road and are willing to give a helping hand to those just starting the journey.

Kali’s Wish offers detailed and simply written information about specific cancers. Their experts can answer questions, and there are additional resources to help Guardians committed during their pet’s struggle.

Whether a human family member or a four-legged family member, the emotional and financial impact can be overwhelming. A healthy lifestyle, that includes immune boosting food, treats and supplements, coupled with a vital concern for the environment can make a difference.

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