Pet Cancer Awareness Month
Dog owners think of their pets as family members. This is why it is devastating to hear about one of our four legged friends getting cancer. Dogs and cats get cancer at approximately the same rate people do. This disease is the #1 health problem. Yet, 80% of dog and cat owners know little or even nothing about this disease. This is why it is so important to learn as much as you can. According to petcancerawareness.org there are some facts and early warning signs that we all should be aware of.
Pet Cancer Awareness Facts:
Early Pet Cancer Warning Signs, As Identified By The Veterinary Cancer Society.
What causes Pet Cancer?
Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to this disease. These breeds are Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Rottweilers, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Boxers. When purchasing a pure bred puppy, question the breeder about the incidence of canine cancer in their line.
It has been clinically proven the over-vaccination can weaken your dog’s immune system. While following a regular vaccination schedule for your puppy is very important, speak to your vet about their recommendations for a vaccine schedule on older dogs.
Environmental & Food Toxins
Exposure to chemicals and preservatives in their environment over time can become carcinogenic. It is important to take a look at the products that you have around the house and try to find ways to substitute for safer, non-toxic ones. Lawn fertilizers, detergents and cleaners all have warning labels in regards to children and pets. For example a safer alternative to cleaning with a main brand cleaning products can be to simply switch to vinegar and water (and it’s cheaper too!)