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Dog Cancer on the Rise

                  

Cancer is simply a breakdown of the immune system.

The main function of the immune system - in both humans and animals - is to identify and destroy foreign, mutant and imperfect cells within the body. When the immune system is compromised, cancer develops.
 
There are about 64 million pet dogs in the U.S. today and experts predict that half of them will have some type of cancer in their lifetime, eighty percent of dogs over the age of 10 will die from cancer and the dismal statistics go on.  There appears to be a cruel and bitter parallel between the rise in numbers of canine cancers and human cancers.  Cancer in dogs was rare not so long ago, but now, lymphoma & osteosarcomas are becoming increasingly commonplace, followed closely by melanoma, fibro-sarcoma, thyroid and anal gland carcinoma. Hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer each year, yet shock is a typical reaction among caretakers who learn that their pet has cancer.
 
There is a huge industry centered around processed dog food and dog snacks, and so called health treatments.  Yet, domesticated dogs are seeing a sharp rise in cancer and developmental disorders, and decreasing life expectancies.  Dogs themselves are more fragile and the related medical expenses can be insurmountable.
 

CANCER STATISTICS

· Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs and cats over ten years old.

· Average lifespan of a dog treated for lymphoma is 15 months.

· Over 8,000 dogs are affected by osteosarcoma each year.

· 80% of dogs with advanced oral and digital melanoma die within 8 to 10 months of treatment.

· Hemangiosarcoma accounts for 5% of all non-skin malignancies in dogs.

· 60 to 70% of all oral cancer is squamous cell carcinoma.

· Approximately 450 out of 100,000 dogs will develop some sort of skin cancer.

· 20 to 30% of all dog skin tumors are malignant.

· About 12% of all canine skin growths are histiocytomas (benign tumor).

· Perianal growths are the third most common growths in dogs of which 91% are benign.

· Lymphoma affects 84 in 100,000 dog over ten years old.

A scoop of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Naturally, prevention is preferable to treatment! The chemicals used in many lawn care products are cited as a leading cause of lymphoma in dogs. Dogs and cats are particularly susceptible to the overspray of hair sprays and cleaners since they are constantly sniffing the ground.  Failure to spay or neuter leads to mammary and testicular cancers in dogs and cats.  Over-vaccination and exposure to the sun may cause many cancers, including mast cell cancers as well as some sarcomas and carcinomas. Diet and genetic predisposition are also factors.  In addition, dogs are increasingly subjected to electromagnetic waves, artificial lighting, environmental pollutants, xenoestrogens from plastics, chemical compounds, artificial preservatives in their foods and the list goes on. Our companions are more stressed, bored, overfed, under exercised and over medicated than ever before.  The fact that our companions are getting sicker and sicker should really be no surprise.  It is our canine companions 'modern diet' and diminished exercise patterns that are the two major factors in the increase of canine cancers.

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Prevention is the most important component of a successful fight against pet cancer.  Start with a healthy diet designed to build up the immune system, promote resistance to disease, and detoxify the body.  Dogs cannot survive without protein in their diets. Dietary protein contains 10 specific amino acids that dogs cannot make on their own. Known as essential amino acids, they provide the building blocks for many important biologically active compounds and proteins. In addition, they donate the carbon chains needed to make glucose for energy. High-quality proteins have a good balance of all of the essential amino acids. Studies show that dogs can tell when their food lacks a single amino acid and will avoid such a meal. Dogs are known to selectively choose foods that are high in protein. Whether this is simply a matter of taste or a complex response to their biological needs for all 10 essential amino acids is not known. However, dogs can survive on a vegetarian diet as long as it contains sufficient protein and is supplemented with vitamin D.

Dietary fats, mainly derived from animal fats and the seed oils of various plants, provide the most concentrated source of energy in the diet. They supply essential fatty acids that cannot be synthesized in the body and serve as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins. Fatty acids play a role in cell structure and function. Food fats tend to enhance the taste and texture of the dog’s food as well. Essential fatty acids are necessary to keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy. Puppies fed ultra low-fat diets develop dry, coarse hair and skin lesions that become increasingly vulnerable to infections. Deficiencies in the so-called “omega-3” family of essential fatty acids may be associated with vision problems and impaired learning ability. Another family of essential fatty acids called “omega-6” has been shown to have important physiologic effects in the body.

These twelve minerals (Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Chlorine, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Iodine) are known to be essential nutrients for dogs. Calcium and phosphorus are crucial to strong bones and teeth. Dogs need magnesium,potassium, and sodium for nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and cell signaling. Many minerals that are present only in minute amounts in the body, including selenium, copper, and molybdenum, act as helpers in a wide variety of enzymatic reactions.

http://dels.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/dog_nutrition_final.pdf

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