How to Help Prevent Your Dog’s Risk Toward Cancer!
But what do you look for and what questions do I ask? The key to preventing sickness and disease in your dog is being informed and aware. Educate yourself to the ways in which you can reduce your dog’s risk toward cancer.
Cancer is the number one disease related death in pets. But there are ways that you can help reduce that in your dog.
Lean and Mean.
Lean yes, but not mean in the sense of your dog’s temperament, but in how they look. Daily exercise for both you and your dog are of great benefit. Take yourself and your dog out for a walk once or twice each day. Change up the route a bit each day or at least once or twice each week to keep yourself and your dog engaged and stimulated. Stay off your phone and enjoy the process, taking in the moments. Start off slow and make the route short to begin, then increase the distance and pace over time. Make it a necessary habit.
Did you know that more than 50% of all pets are over their average weight. There are many serious health problems that are linked to your dog being overweight, as well as to your dog’s human. You and your dog need proper nutrition to maintain good health. Do not give them more than the allotted measure for their weight and activity level. Be sure to check the ingredients in your dog’s food and keep up to date on any recalled brands. Offer your dog healthy treats in the correct portions. Try to stay away from feeding your dog table scraps. This can be detrimental to your dog over time, especially with a lot of processed, chemical ridden foods.
Be Aware of Your Environment
Just as you are made aware of environments that are unhealthy for you, so it is for your dog. We have so many chemicals that are used daily that we are subjected to. Not only in our foods, but in the soil, the air, and the water, that increase our and our dog’s risk to cancer. Be aware of any secondhand smoke or chemicals used in gardening or on the lawn. Try to choose chemical free products when you clean. Be aware when you are outside of your home as well so your dog is not subjected to a chemical borage of polluted air they would be breathing or water they would be drinking. Because our lives are so intricately linked with our dog, remember, what is a health risk for your will more than likely be for them as well.
As with their human, regular health and wellness checkups helps you catch any health problems early on. Catching cancer early through regular visits to your vet will allow for early treatment options that can lengthen your dog’s life. Also, awareness of any early warning signs will help as well.
You might be looking for:
- Sores that do not heal well.
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual weight loss
- Swelling that persists
- Rank smell
- Noticeable difficulty to swallow or eat.
- Loss of energy
- Lameness or stiffness
- Difficulty with breathing or eliminating.
When in doubt or there is concern due to some other unusual habit, be sure to check with your vet. Early detection can be added months and or years to your dog.