My Dog Has Cancer : What Do I Do Now?
Cancer is one of the most common causes of mortality in dogs today with frequent exposure to harmful environmental factors being the primary culprit.
The best course of action is to help prevent cancer with some common sense steps.
- 100% organic dog food to help minimize the buildup of toxic elements in organs.
- Always wash your pet’s feet after a walk, especially if you are in areas with fertilizer and/or pesticides (lawns, golf courses, fields).
- Ensure your dog has excellent oral care. Numerous studies point to poor dental care as a cancer causation.
- Be judicious in your use of flea and tick products.
- Ensure your home cleaning products are non-toxic.
Sadly, that won’t work for every pup. So if your dog is diagnosed with canine cancer here are some simple guidelines.
Understand your pet’s treatment options.
Treatment options for dogs are very similar to those for humans and can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination.
Consult with a cancer specialist.
As with humans, a cancer diagnosis is just the beginning of a long journey. A consultation with a veterinary oncologist can help identify the best course of action for you and your pet. The specialist will paint a full picture of your pet’s diagnosis and can help you avoid unnecessary and repetitive diagnostic tests. She can suggest priorities for treatment that make the best use of your financial resources.
Be Hopeful and Realistic
While some pets may feel discomfort as a result of therapy, most dog cancer treatments can be completed without causing significant distress and reducing your pet’s quality of life. Continuing to play, go for walks, and ensuring your pet gets enough exercise are especially important. Stay engaged with your pet and keep your routines.
And be thoughtful about how you feed your pet throughout treatment. Chemo can sap important proteins so be sure the food you choose replaces them. Look for high-protein diets and consult with your veterinary oncologist. Be sure you choose clean, fresh, natural dog food that will help to replace the nutrients she is losing due to her therapy.
Sadly, cancer has become a part of our lives — with both our human friends as well as our canine buddies. You and your pet can take positive steps to avoid a cancer diagnosis by simply eating right — 100% organic food — exercising and having a positive attitude!