Whys and Hows of Cancers in Pets

A diagnosis of cancer in a pet inevitably brings out the questions “why my pet? how did this happen? and “what can we do?” This article talks briefly about how cancers develop and suggests ways to avoid cancer risks.

What causes cancer and what can we do to prevent it in the first place?

  • Genetics: certain breeds are more prone to certain types of cancer or even just to developing cancer in general.
  • Nutrition: good nutrition is the basis for good health and a strong immune system which can nullify mutations as soon as they occur—before they cause growth of abnormal cells. Life time optimal weight management is one of the most important things we can do for our pets as well as for ourselves.
  • Environmental factors – often these are dose-dependent:
    • pollution
    • UV radiation
    • tobacco smoke
    • pesticides/herbicides
  • Chronic inflammation or infection: Bartonella and Feline Leukemia Virus for example may also play a role.