Please read this wonderful article by Terry Goldman who is half of the team (with her husband Michael Goldman) of the Healthy Pet Network. It is really informative and gives us great tips to prevent cancer in our beloved pets.
Can Cancer be prevented in pets? Yes, it can. Much of the problem today is that the medical profession is hell bent on treating the clinical signs or symptoms with a disregard for treating the cause. Remember, if you treat the cause there will not be any clinical signs or symptoms.
Here are some common sense things that you can do to keep your pet healthier. By following these recommendations throughout your dog’s lifetime you may be able to limit his exposure to certain toxins which can exacerbate this hormone imbalance thus leading to cancer.
Many holistic vets warn against drinking tap water because of some of the chemicals that may be in it. They will recommend that you filter your water. It is important to change your pet’s water frequently so that it remains fresh and clean at all times.
2. Limit vaccinations
There is a great debate today, in the pet community, concerning whether or not our pets are being over-vaccinated. Do some research and educate yourself on this subject. Many states require that dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies every three years and some veterinarians continue to tell clients that their pets need annual rabies shots. Many experts, myself included, believe that over-vaccinating our pets stresses their immune system and may contribute to developing cancers.
3. Reduce toxins in your home.
Cigarette smoke and other toxins are not good for your pet. Keep secondhand smoke away from animals. If at all possible, install a filter system in your home, to reduce pollution in your home. Be very careful with cleaning products used in your home. Many of them use chemicals which can be bad for your pet.
4. Be careful not to overfeed your pets.
Obesity can lead to cancer and other health problems. An estimated 40 percent of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese.
5. Choose healthy foods for your pet.
Whether you feed your pet kibble, canned, homemade or raw food, choose foods that contain high quality ingredients and antioxidants. Avoid foods with ethoxyquin and other artificial preservatives, colors or dyes. Look for foods with more natural ingredients. Nutrition is one element of pet health that YOU control. High quality nutrition will maximize your pets health potential enabling them to live a long life.
6. Consider safe flea control.
When choosing flea and tick control for your pet, you should consider whether you are able to get by with natural solutions instead of the products with more chemicals. Topical flea and tick products can do the job but they contain some very strong chemicals. It may take longer for less toxic methods to work but they have the advantage of being much less harmful to your pet in the long run.
7. Be extremely careful of yard chemicals.
If you use pesticides and weed killers you may be putting your pet at risk. The National Cancer Institute reported that they found that dogs whose owners used certain weed-killing products had two times the rate of lymphoma as dogs whose owners did not use them.
8. Exercise regularly.
Regular exercise with your pet is important for good health. It strengthens the immune system, stimulates the heart and cardiovascular system, helps digestion and generally helps the whole body.
9. Limit stress.
There is the natural stress that comes from your pet being excited about your coming home, or excited about wanting dinner, but do your best to limit the things that cause your pet undue stress, such as upheaval in the household, neglect, being left outside in the cold or the absence of a loved one. Keep your pet reassured and keep the anxiety to a minimum. Please remember that outlook and attitude play a huge part in you and your pet’s health. By keeping your pet happy and content you will be contributing greatly in your pet’s good health.
Michael and Terry Goldman run the Healthy Pet Network, which is an Interactive Online Community and Network of pet owners, animal lovers, health care professionals and experts in their related fields, providing education, information and the products and services to promote and enhance “Whole Animal Health”. They will be coming out with a book soon, so keep your eyes out for the release.
As we all know, it is important to for pets and their owners to get daily exercise. And if you are a dog owner, you might like the idea of taking your dog on a run with you. While this seems like an easy and natural thing to do with your dog, not all dogs have an easy time running. Some breeds are better at running and some dogs might have issues because they are out of shape.
Check with your veterinarian before you get started
It is always a good idea to see or talk to your veterinarian before you start running with your dog. Some dogs might have hip problems or other type of issues that will make it difficult for them to run. While Labradors love to run, they have a tendency to have issues with their hind legs so it is always best to have your dog checked out before you start your training!
Puppies have a hard time running
Puppies aren’t always the best candidates for running with you. Even though their energy is high, it is difficult for some puppies to run since they are still growing. You can actually take your puppies on short walks or little sprints to give them a little exercise. Once they are fully grown, you can get them up and running with you!
Make sure you have control of your dog
Before you even start running with your dog, make sure that you have control of your dog by merely walking with him or her on a leash. You should have the ability to have your dog heal because your dog should be at your side, not pulling you down the street. Once you start out, you might be lucky and have a dog that falls into pace with you immediately. Other dogs might have a difficult time navigating. Not all dogs are running dogs.
If your dog does take to the running, start at only a few miles a day. You can eventually go further with your dog if he or she is up for the task. As we all know, our dogs will let us know by either stopping or disobeying if they aren’t up to it. But, as in humans, our dogs need time to get in running shape.
Watch for signs from your dog when you run
The most important thing to remember is to pay attention to signs and signals that your dog is giving you. If your dog is slowing down, lagging behind, or panting heavier, it might be time to stop or take a break. Make sure not to overextend your dog or he won’t want to run with you again!
Keep your dog hydrated as you run especially in the summer
You should always bring water with you or run on a path that has water fountains. Make sure that your dog doesn’t overheat. You can even throw some water on your pups to cool them since they don’t sweat like we do. When the temperatures heat up, try to fit your runs in during the cooler morning or evening hours. Also, take note that the asphalt can get very hot on your dog’s paws.
Once you have spent some time running with your dog, you can increase the mileage slowly. Each dog is different and be aware of what your dog responds to and how far you can run with your pup.
My friend, Michelle, decided to take on the challenge of adopting, Kimmie, a beautiful 11 year old dog who is blind. I am so taken with her compassion and she is excited and nervous about bringing Kimmie home. Michelle fell in love with her instantly and wants to give Kimmie a great home for the rest of her years.
I did some research to see if I can help her out or make any recommendations as to the best way to care for a blind dog.
Get the home ready for your blind pup
It is important to get your home ready for your blind pup, especially at the start when he or she is learning the environment. Make sure to remove dangerous obstacles (such as toys or pulled-out chairs) where your dog might walk. You can also try to use different tactile or auditory cues such as plastic runners to help your dog using the runner's texture or the sound of her toenails clicking on the mat to guide her.
Put a stair gate at the bottom of the stairs if your house has more than one story. A blind dog shouldn't go upstairs unsupervised so he or she doesn’t get hurt.
Smells and sounds are great for blind dogs
A blind dog’s senses such as smell and hearing are heightened and are used to navigate and learn about the world around them. If you put a small amount of aromatherapy oil on any vertical surface, both inside and outside, such as door frames and furniture, this can help guide your dog so he or she can avoid collision hazards.
You can even start with putting a bell on your shoes and other cats or dogs in your home, so your new dog will hear when someone is near him or her.
Establish a daily routine with your dog
It is important that you establish a daily routine with your blind dog so he or she can become conditioned as to when meals, play, exercise time, and bedtime routines are established each day. Make sure that the dog dish and doggie bed are always in the same place so your dog does not get confused. You can also use verbal cues to help remind your dog what is happening at the moment. “Time for breakfast” or even “Let’s go for a walk.”
Teach your dog to sit or stay or any commands that are necessary
Blind dogs can be trained for some actions far easier than sighted dogs, because they are not distracted. Easy words are the best way to train a blind dog. You can teach your dog to sit, stay, shake, leave it, and any other command you think is desired. This will probably require more touch and treats than a dog that can see, but it certainly can be done.
You can condition your dog if he or she is doing something wrong or navigating to an undesired area with a negative or sharp sound. The sound alone should be enough to deter the bad behavior.
Don’t be afraid to walk your blind dog
Blind dogs can sometimes be better on a leash than dogs that can see well; they don’t have the distractions that seeing dogs do. They will learn that a slight tension on the leash means to turn. Keep your dog on a close leash so you can steer her or him from something he or she may bump into, but let them run if it’s clear and they want to.
Show them your love with touch and a rub
All dogs need love and affection. The best way to show your affection and caring is to your blind dog is with a nice rub down or a kiss on the head! All dogs understand love and this is the best motivator for good behavior.
Our dogs love to eat! So, what better way to show our dogs love than to give them healthy dog treats. Of course we don’t want to spoil our dogs too much or overfeed them. However, dog treats are a great way to reward our dogs for good behavior and for following our training tips.
Below are some tips on the how, when and why to use dog treats.
Use dog treats when your dog is calm
Use treats to reward your dog’s good behavior only when he or she is calm. Never use dog treats to reward an excited, over-stimulated pup. You should let your dog smell the treat first, but hold it away and wait. Your dog might jump on you because he or she is excited. If this happens, move back and then wait.
After a while, your dog will figure out what he or she needs to do to get the treat. Your dog will wait patiently and look up at you in anticipation. When your dog is calm, then give her or him the treat. He will then know that he or she is not only being rewarded for good behavior, but also for being calm while waiting for the reward.
It’s best to give your dog treats in between meals
In between meals is the best time to give treats. Choose a treat that your dog will enjoy. If you are using treats as a training tool, your treat won’t work as well right after your dog has had a full meal. Make sure you give your dog treats in between meals and not immediately before or after a meal. He needs to be a little hungry for the treat to be effective.
What ingredients to look for in dog treats
When choosing a dog treat, make sure it’s something your dog will like and something that’s appropriate to give a dog. When buying treats (and food) for dogs, it’s good to follow the same common-sense rules you’d use when shopping for yourself. Look at the ingredients list. Make sure that there is at least a little protein, carbohydrates and not too many fillers; the fewer ingredients the better.
As most dog owners know, there is a list of human food that isn’t great for our dogs. Meat scraps always work well for our pups but stay away from chocolate. And, don’t give your dog anything rich or filled with butter as they have more sensitive stomachs than we do. There are many things that we eat that dogs are allergic to or literally can’t stomach.
Your Veterinarian can give you some good recommendations
Your veterinarian is always the best person to get advice and recommendations on what treat or food works best for your dog. Your dog’s nutritional needs will vary based on age, breed, and other factors. If your vet isn’t available, try your local pet specialty store. They can be very helpful in determining a great, nutritional treat for your pet.
Be consistent when you give your dog treats
Remember, dog treats are a form of affection. They need to be given at the right time and for the right reasons. You can actually confuse your dog if you’re not consistent in how and when you give your dog treats. They are only effective when given the same time and/or for the right reason.
If you have ever had more than one cat, you will know that not all felines become friends instantly. Sometimes you will adopt or bring a cat into your home and they are best friends instantly. Other times, they just don’t seem to get along. Or maybe your cats have just started fighting and you aren’t quite sure why.
Below are some tips to help you and your fighting cats.
If you are bringing a new cat home, introduce your cats slowly
When you bring a new cat home, make sure to introduce your home kitty to the new one slowly. If possible, separate them for a while and give them each their own room. Pick a neutral room where you can bring them both together to see how they get along.
As we know, our cats are territorial. The new cat might start hanging out in your older cat’s favorite spots. And that will be the first of the cat fights. If possible, discourage your new cat from sleeping or resting in your older cat’s favorite spot. Try to get the new cat to find his own ‘place’ in your home. Put catnip on another spot and encourage your new cat to hang out there. This could prevent future ‘territorial’ fights.
If you mix your cat’s scents, they will like each other more
Cats are very sensitive to and recognize scents easily. If your cats don’t get along, try to swap or mingle their scents so they welcome the other cat and don’t indentify him or her as a stranger or threat. You can try to get your cats used to each other's scents by rubbing each cat onto a towel or t-shirt. Then, put the shirt or towel in their favorite spot and they will associate the scent as familiar. Once their scents are intermixed, they won’t feel threatened and it will help them to stop fighting.
If your cats start fighting, try to distract them.
If your cats have started fighting, don’t step in and try to break it up. This will escalate their fighting and you could get hurt in the process. Try to make a sudden, loud noise from a hidden spot by clapping your hands or banging a pan. The noise will startle the cats, and they'll likely both run away. Another way to distract them is to toss an object nearby to make a loud noise and stop them from fighting.
Cats fight if they are stressed
Cats will sometimes fight with another cat if they feel threatened or stressed. If your cat sees a bird outside and it makes him agitated, he might turn and pick on the closest ally which could be your other cat. If this happens occasionally, you need not worry. But, if it happens often, then maybe you should close your screen or whatever it might be that has made your cat agitated or threatened.
Your cat will fight with another cat if he or she is sick
If your cat isn’t feeling well, he or she might take it out on his usual feline buddy. If the fighting is new, your cat could be taking out his ‘bad mood’ on your other cat. If this is the case, your cat might be sick or injured and it is recommended to take your cat to the vet for a check up.
If your cats continue to fight after trying all of the above measures, it might be time to see a cat behavior specialist.