Just as humans are urged to be prepared for natural disasters at all times, it is equally important that we remember to prepare for our four-legged family members who cannot fend for themselves in a time of crisis.
Excess body weight is an important factor as it relates to the risk of developing tumors and cancer in dogs and cats. Simply put extra pounds increase your pet’s risk of developing cancer. If your dog or cat is 15 percent or more above his or her ideal weight, he is obese. Being just 10% percent overweight decreases your pets healthy life span by one-third and predisposes him to heart, liver and kidney disease as well as to arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.
Breast cancer is most often associated with humans, but dogs develop this malignancy as well. The good news is that there are many steps you can take to reduce the risk in your own canine companion. We don’t often think of breast cancer in association with our canine companions. But the fact is, the incidence of mammary tumors in dogs is higher than in any other domesticated animal.