Incidences of canine cancer have reached six million cases each year. Pet owners must do their best to protect their dogs against this dangerous disease. According to research, about 10% of dogs diagnosed will eventually die of cancer. Many pet owners call in a dog behaviourist when they find out that their dog has cancer as this can help the dog cope with any health and mobility problems it might have.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some ways to keep your dog healthy longer:
Avoid Using Chemicals At Home- your dog can be exposed to more chemicals than humans. If you are a regular smoker, the dog will inhale the toxic smoke, which may cause cancer in his respiratory system. A lawn may pose a significant threat to your dog if you use pesticides and herbicides regularly. Your dog checks things around your house with his nose. Traces of household cleaners on the floor can be dangerous, if your dog often nibble treats on it.
Maintain Oral Hygiene- make sure that your dog has clean teeth and a clean tongue. Poor oral hygiene can potentially cause oral cancer. Brush his teeth regularly to prevent gum infections or oral cancer. If your dog is active, it may not be fun to brush his teeth. But as a pet owner, you need to realise that caring for your dog’s teeth is important. A good dog trainer can provide suggestions on how to get your dog to let you brush his teeth.
Reduce Use Of Skin And Hair Products- if you have a breed with a beautiful, thick coat, you could regularly use skin and hair products for your pet. Your dog may regularly inhale the synthetic chemicals, causing potential health problems, including cancer. Products that keep away ticks and fleas can be particularly dangerous because they directly kill organisms with toxins. Fipronil in these products may alter thyroid hormones and cause thyroid cancer. Manufacturers may falsely claim that fipronil won’t migrate to your dog’s body. Permethrin in these products is basically a carcinogenic insecticide that causes liver tumours and lung cancer in dogs. If possible, use natural remedies to prevent flea and tick infestations.
Contact Dog Harmony
To learn more ways to reduce the risk of cancer in your dog and why you should consider residential dog training, contact Dog Harmony today and speak to an expert dog trainer who can help train your dog to be easier to manage and a lot more fun.
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