May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and that means it’s time to spread the word about this dreaded and increasingly common disease.
Cancer has become the leading cause of death among canines in the U.S., Europe and Japan – but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Although the causes of cancer in dogs are not well understood, there are a number of things you can do to give your companion the best possible chance of avoiding the disease.
1. Don’t let him get overweight. Caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. While no direct link has yet been made between obesity and cancer in dogs, obesity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans. Considering that one of the biggest health problems in animals today is weight gain and obesity, it makes sense that the increase in canine cancer rates is in part attributable to the obesity epidemic. …for more detail read full article