It’s bad enough that dogs have such limited time with us in this life, let alone having cancer take them away from us before we get enough of them.
Did you know that Cancer is now the leading cause of death among canines in the U.S, Europe, and Japan? In fact, 1 of every 2 dogs will develop cancer and 1 in every 4 dogs will die of it.
Even though we really have no cure for cancer, not even for humans, there are still some things you can do to fight it before it occurs. As you know, Prevention is better than treatment, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The following 7 tips don’t guarantee that a dog won’t get cancer, but it does lower the risks of them getting it, and it may help your dog avoid pain.
5 Cancer Prevention Tips for Dogs:
- Watch their weight
Obesity in dogs is strongly linked to increased risk of cancer, and the case for it is very much similar to that of humans.
In every species, including dogs, studies have shown that calorie restriction does have an effect on preventing the development and progression of tumors.
We’ve been seeing a steady increase in cancer in animals, while weight gain and obesity have been an increasing problems in the health of animals. While scientists have not confirmed the link between obesity and cancer in dogs (in a formal way), it is clear and logical that the link exists.
It’s important here to note that Cancer feeds on glucose, so it’s no surprise that there is a clear link between too much glucose and cancer. There’s also a clear link between increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and oxidative stress and cancer. All of those are factors of obesity as well.
Don’t overfeed your dog. Keep them on a strict diet. Follow the vet’s instructions regarding feeding your dog. Don’t give them too many snacks and treats. Don’t share every meal you have with them. Overfeeding your dog may look like a loving thing to do, but it’s not. It’s harmful.
You can learn everything about how to feed your German Shepherd Dog here.
2. Whole Foods all-the-way
Stay away from processed foods. The food your dog consumes are the building blocks of their body.
Canned and processed foods simply don’t have the appropriate quantities of fat, carbs, vitamins, minerals, protein, and water your dog requires to stay healthy.
Yes, they may love it, and they may look as they’re absolutely fine, but it is doing slow damage to their internal organs and their systems (such as their immune systems) become weaker than they should be, and so they can’t fight cancer as they could.
We have not even gotten to the more dangerous part, such as that even though these foods can made from feed-grade ingredients, they can still have higher allowable level of toxins.
Some of these toxins can be carcinogenic, such as mycotoxin. These feed-grade ingredients are also things you would never eat, such as animal intestines and some really poor quality foods. And lots and lots of corn.
3. Reduce their exposure to toxins
Harmful toxins are everywhere around us, and it’s up to you to reduce your dog’s exposure to them. Toxins such as pesticides, tobacco smoke, lawn chemicals, flea and tick preventatives, and even household cleaners such as detergents and deodorizers have toxins.
Try to keep your dog away from these things as much as possible. Don’t smoke while they are with you, secondhand smoke is as bad for them as they’re bad for humans.
Make sure your dog doesn’t get out and play on the lawn if you know you’ve just sprayed it with a bunch of chemicals. Try to use natural methods to prevent fleas and ticks.
You can also consider periodic detoxification, but we are not vets to discuss this with you. Discuss it with your vet the next time you see them, and see if it’s suitable for your dog.
4. No spaying or neutering before 18 months of age.
There has been a number of studies that showed a clear link between some cancers and early spaying and neutering. In 2002, a study concluded that there is an increased risk of osteosarcoma in both male and female rottweilers that were spayed or neutered before they were one year old.
There is also another study that concluded that the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large dogs was almost double that of intact dogs.
5. Be mindful about Vaccinations
Yes, your dog needs vaccinations, but it doesn’t need every vaccination there is. Vaccinations can disrupt a dog’s immune system, and since every dog is different, vaccinations can have a different affect on different dogs.
Don’t just go and get your dog all the routine vaccinations, be mindful about it. Discuss it with your vet. See which vaccines does your dog really need and which he doesn’t. Unnecessary vaccinations will do your dog nothing but disrupt and weaken their immune system unnecessarily.
In a nutshell
The best way to fight cancer is to keep your dog healthy. Keep your dog in the best condition and they should be just fine. If your dog is eating right, getting plenty of exercise, and living a life with no stress, their immune system will be better-equipped to fight cancers.
You don’t need to follow any sort of crazy diets to prevent cancer in your dog, and you can never be 100% certain that they won’t get it. The best thing to do is give them the best life they could, enjoy your time together, and wish for the best!
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