Preventing Pet Cancer
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What are some ways to minimize pet cancer?
The sad truth is that dogs, cats and other animals can develop life threatening diseases such as cancer just like humans. Although what causes cancer in pets is not completely understood, there are several precautions you can take to maximize your pet's life expectancy and enhance his quality of life.
- Spaying and neutering is a great way to reduce the likelihood of many forms of cancer.
- Feeding your pet a quality food is a very important step in preventing cancer. Many pet foods that contain certain preservatives like BHT and BHA are suspected to be carcinogenic. Other foods use animal by-products such as beaks, feet and feathers that could already have cancerous agents in them. The best way to protect your pet is to feed him a high quality premium or organic pet food, as they contain neither preservatives nor by-products.
- Keeping the use of household cleaners and fertilizers to a minimum can greatly reduce the risk of pet cancer. If you use harsh chemicals to clean your floors or fertilizers to kill weeds in your yard, there's a good chance your pet has walked on these surfaces and then licked his paws, thus ingesting dangerous chemicals.
If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, visits to the vet can be costly. To protect yourself and your pet, it might be a good idea to sign up for pet health care insurance.