Thirty years ago, most pets were dying from road traffic accidents, infectious diseases like distemper and parvovirus, internal parasites, and poor nutrition. Today, we are taking better care of our four-legged family members and they are living longer as a result. Cancer is now the leading cause of death in dogs and cats and claims millions of pets each year. According to Pfizer Animal Health, a global leader in discovering, developing and marketing medicines and vaccines for companion animals, one out of every four dogs will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and dogs over the age of 10 have a 50 percent chance of dying from the disease.
Pet Cancer Prevention Tips
- Frequent Exercise-Some experts believe pet obesity is linked to many forms of cancer. Make sure your dog maintains a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise.
- Nutritious Diet– Provide your dog with the best food and drinking water.
- Environmental Awareness –Limit exposure to pesticides and toxins including lawn fertilizers, detergents,tobacco smoke,and household cleaners.Reduce UV exposure of dogs with light-colored skin.
- Spay/Neuter-Mammary tumors (breast cancer) and Testicular tumors can be largely prevented by spaying/neutering your pet.
- Avoid Over-Vaccination-Only inoculate for diseases that are prevalent in your geographical area and spread out vaccinations when possible. It has been clinically proven that over-vaccinations weaken your pet’s immune system, increasing risk for pet cancer.
- Regular Vet Wellness Checks– Early detection is critical and will give your dog the greatest chance that treatments (chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, clinical trials) will work.
- Be attentive – If you detect changes in your dog’s behavior contact your family veterinarian. Visit the Veterinary Cancer Society at http://bit.ly/PetCancerSign to learn the early warning signs of pet cancer.
Throughout May, you can visit your local PETCO store to donate in person by rounding up your in-store purchase to the next dollar at the register, or make a donation in an amount of your choice at http://bit.ly/PetcoDonation
Buy any bag of BLUE dog or cat food and Blue Buffalo will donate $1 in the month of May
Purchase a Pet Cancer Awareness wristband at http://bit.ly/PCAinfo and learn more about ways you can help
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