Can Cancer Be Prevented in Pets?
22 April, 2013

Guest Blog Post – Terry Goldman

Please read this wonderful article by Terry Goldman who is half of the team (with her husband Michael Goldman) of the Healthy Pet Network.  It is really informative and gives us great tips to prevent cancer in our beloved pets.

Can Cancer be prevented in pets?  Yes, it can.  Much of the problem today is that the medical profession is hell bent on treating the clinical signs or symptoms with a disregard for treating the cause. Remember, if you treat the cause there will not be any clinical signs or symptoms.

Here are some common sense things that you can do to keep your pet healthier.  By following these recommendations throughout your dog’s lifetime you may be able to limit his exposure to certain toxins which can exacerbate this hormone imbalance thus leading to cancer.

1.  Water

Many holistic vets warn against drinking tap water because of some of the chemicals that may be in it.  They will recommend that you filter your water.  It is important to change your pet’s water frequently so that it remains fresh and clean at all times.

2.  Limit vaccinations

There is a great debate today, in the pet community, concerning whether or not our pets are being over-vaccinated.  Do some research and educate yourself on this subject.  Many states require that dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies every three years and some veterinarians continue to tell clients that their pets need annual rabies shots.  Many experts, myself included, believe that over-vaccinating our pets stresses their immune system and may contribute to developing cancers.

3.  Reduce toxins in your home.

Cigarette smoke and other toxins are not good for your pet.  Keep secondhand smoke away from animals.  If at all possible, install a filter system in your home, to reduce pollution in your home.  Be very careful with cleaning products used in your home.  Many of them use chemicals which can be bad for your pet.

4. Be careful not to overfeed your pets.

Obesity can lead to cancer and other health problems.  An estimated 40 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese.

5.  Choose healthy foods for your pet.

Whether you feed your pet kibble, canned, homemade or raw food, choose foods that contain high quality ingredients and antioxidants.  Avoid foods with ethoxyquin and other artificial preservatives, colors or dyes.  Look for foods with more natural ingredients.  Nutrition is one element of pet health that YOU control. High quality nutrition will maximize your pets health potential enabling them to live a long life.

6.  Consider safe flea control.

When choosing flea and tick control for your pet, you should consider whether you are able to get by with natural solutions instead of the products with more chemicals.  Topical flea and tick products can do the job but they contain some very strong chemicals. It may take longer for less toxic methods to work but they have the advantage of being much less harmful to your pet in the long run.

7.  Be extremely careful of yard chemicals.

If you use pesticides and weed killers you may be putting your pet at risk.  The National Cancer Institute reported that they found that dogs whose owners used certain weed-killing products had two times the rate of lymphoma as dogs whose owners did not use them.

8.  Exercise regularly.

Regular exercise with your pet is important for good health.  It strengthens the immune system, stimulates the heart and cardiovascular system, helps digestion and generally helps the whole body.

9.  Limit stress.

There is the natural stress that comes from your pet being excited about your coming home, or excited about wanting dinner, but do your best to limit the things that cause your pet undue stress, such as upheaval in the household, neglect, being left outside in the cold or the absence of a loved one.  Keep your pet reassured and keep the anxiety to a minimum.  Please remember that outlook and attitude play a huge part in you and your pet’s health.  By keeping your pet happy and content you will be contributing greatly in your pet’s good health.

Michael and Terry Goldman run the Healthy Pet Network, which is an Interactive Online Community and Network of pet owners, animal lovers, health care professionals and experts in their related fields, providing education, information and the products and services to promote and enhance “Whole Animal Health”.    They will be coming out with a book soon, so keep your eyes out for the release.

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