Cancer prevention is an important part of human healthcare. Yet how often do we practice cancer prevention for our pets? The Animal Cancer Foundation states, “Dogs and cats share many environmental risk factors with their human owners, including food and water sources and even the air we breathe.”
Unfortunately, the close connection we share with our dogs may mean they will share some of our health problems, such as cancer. Unfortunately, many of you know this from experience. You’ve had to endure the pain of watching your fur babies suffer from the ravages of cancer. Perhaps you’ve watched your dog slowly decline and have felt helpless, wondering what you could have done differently. As a vet, I’ve seen too many pets slip away from their owners because of cancer. I don’t want this to be the end of your story.
Begin now to take the steps toward cancer prevention for your pet.
Factors in Cancer Risk
In May 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology published a study on four lifestyle factors relating to cancer risk.
Those factors include…
- Body Mass Index (BMI).
- Aerobic Exercise.
The study examined thousands of men and women. The conclusion was striking.
Women who were healthy in all four criteria had only a 25% carcinoma cancer risk. The other women had a 45% risk.
Men who were healthy in all four criteria had a 33% risk. The men who weren’t had a 44% risk.
What It Means for Your Pet
This study won’t have an exact parallel for our pets. For one, our pets will never drink or smoke. (However, if you’re a smoker, please realize the danger of your pet inhaling secondhand smoke. Take action to stop your addiction.)
But they may have a high BMI, and they may fail to get enough exercise.
You can take steps toward preventing your pet’s cancer by focusing on these two factors. Let’s examine them a little more closely:
Lower your pet’s BMI.
If your pet doesn’t eat nutritious, wholesome food and does eat non-nutritious store-bought food, your pet may be overweight.
And no amount of exercise should erase the fact that lowering your pet’s BMI must begin with changing your pet’s diet.
Consider your own health. If you eat junk food, it’s going to be an uphill battle at the gym, and the same is true for your dog.
Take control of your pet’s health and offer your furry friend safe, healthy foods.
I’d also warn you not to feed your dog table scraps. Even if you are feeding your dog healthy pet food, slipping Fido your leftovers under the table can undo your hard efforts.
Get disciplined and ignore your dog’s pleading eyes. You have to do what’s best for your pet, not what’s fun.
Increase your pet’s exercise time.
Another way to build your dog’s cancer-fighting exercise routine is to up your furry friend’s activity time.
If the extra exercise seems difficult, just remember the cancer study we talked about at the beginning of this post.
Aerobics will help your own cancer prevention. Take your dog hiking, swimming, running, or walking.
If you’re scratching your head for how to get your cat moving, read more on how to make sure your cat gets enough exercise.
Introduce fish oil into your pet’s diet.
Fish oil is an important supplement you can incorporate into your dog’s diet. One of fish oil’s properties is its ability to shrink cancerous tumors.
I recommend two supplements for this third step. The first supplement is the ProThera® Marine Fish Oil liquid gels.
These capsules are ideal if you and your pet travel frequently. If you’re worried about mercury and lead, rest assured.
These capsules have been molecularly distilled to prevent contamination.
The second supplement I recommend is Eicosamax® Liquid Concentrated Fish Oil. This supplement is high in omega-3 fatty acid content.
If you’re looking to give your dog an extra boost, this supplement is the better choice.
Implementing cancer prevention for your pet is important if you want to increase your pet’s longevity and avoid pain and hardship later.
While I’ve discussed the importance of exercise here, I want to place a stronger emphasis on your pet’s diet.
If your pet is not getting the proper nutrition, he probably won’t feel like running around the yard for exercise.
Until you change the food your pet eats, cancer prevention through exercise may be difficult.
As you change your pet’s eating habits, be sure to check out some other supplements you can add to your pet’s diet!