It's a horrible thing to lose your pet to cancer. It happens so fast and you can see the deterioration every day. And what's most heart-wrenching is that they look up to you, even in the height of their pain, with a desire only to make you happy.
It's a heart-wrenching decision whether you treat or not treat.
If you've ever experienced losing your pet to cancer, you probably spend hours, days, even weeks researching why it happened and what you can do to prevent it next time.
Even if you do all the right things, it does not mean you're guaranteed to be free of cancer. But, doing the right things can reduce your chances, and sometimes, that's all it takes.
Choose Better Foods
Pet food is not ideal. Cats are obligate carnivores, used to eating the raw flesh of rodents and birds. They eat everything, including the liver, organs, muscle meat, and skin.
Dogs are a little bit more complicated since they have adapted so much to humans. In general, they're omnivores, like us, and tend to be more scavenger-like. They need a higher amount of protein, but also a variety of other things.
That's why it's so confusing why most cat and dog foods rely so heavily on wheat, corn, and soy. These are foods neither of these animals will naturally eat, even when they're starving.
Take a look at the ingredients in your pet food. The primary ones should be pure meat (not by-product), whole vegetables, and vitamin and mineral supplements. Cat food should always have a higher amount of taurine to avoid a potentially fatal heart condition.
You should avoid pet foods that contain legumes. This includes peas, soy, and beans. These foods have a high amount of phytic acid, which combines with specific nutrients, like iron, and render your pet nutrient deficient. The more they try and eat to make up for that nutrition deficiency, the less nutrition they can actually absorb.
What about the vets that say without grains, your dog will die? Or better yet, what about the cats that will die?
Unfortunately, veterinarians do not receive nutritional education and are going off the research conducted by pet food companies to base their opinion. The pet food companies are invested in cheap products to make the highest profit. What do you think they're going to say when it comes to nutrition?
That the food they produce is not good for your pet? No, of course not.
Take a look at the ingredient list and choose pet foods with the highest amount of whole food ingredients. They will be more expensive and have a shorter shelf life, but they will be much better for your pet.
One last note: do not trust recipes found online. Most are created by well-meaning but uneducated bloggers and present serious nutritional deficiencies for your pet. Make sure any recipe you try has been researched and approved by independent veterinary and animal nutritionists, which require educational degrees.
Avoid Chemical Cleaners, Scents, and Products
This goes for both you and your pet. The chemicals and cleaners are often carcinogenic. They're strong and persistent and do a lot of damage. If you can smell the scent, chemical, or cleaning action, your pet is getting at least ten times what you are because they are so much more sensitive to smells. Think about that...
This is especially true for essential oils. All essential oils are toxic to cats, causing a fatal liver buildup. Despite popular marketing efforts, there is no safe essential oil for cats.
In minimal amounts, dogs can be around some essential oils, but daily or even weekly exposure can destroy a dog's sense of smell.
Your best bet for keeping your home clean and smelling nice is to go the simple route. Water and a simple soap will clean up many messes, and you can step it up to a mixture of baking soda and vinegar for hard masses. It can take a little bit more work, but the result is a healthier pet and a healthier you.
Exercise & A Health Weight
Overweight pets have many more health problems than their trim counterparts. One to two pounds of extra weight on a cat can mask most health problems until they're too severe to treat. Overweight dogs tend towards diabetes, pain, and incontinence. In larger breeds, being overweight can take nearly five years off of their life.
Exercise is both good for them and you. It's a great bonding experience with your pet, and it helps them move easier and keep their weight off. Even for your cat, letting them chase a laser, string, or other enrichment toy can help add years to their life and life to the years.
If your pet has a hard time moving, a supplement called MSM can work wonders. Just adding a tiny bit to their water doesn't change the taste and supplies the body with something special.
MSM provides sulfur and methyl groups to your pet's body. Proteins, DNA, cell walls, and even their mitochondria all need sulfur and methyl groups in very high numbers to continue functioning correctly.
Plus, donated methyl groups help preserve the telomeres at the end of DNA to preserve their length. When these telomeres shorten, they signal the cell to die, so keeping them long is like the fountain of youth.
Typically, you can add about 1 gram of MSM for a typical cat and 3 grams for a medium-size dog. Humans use about 5-10 grams per day. You should talk to your doctor before starting its use.
What It All Comes Down To
Living a more natural life means you're going to be healthier and your pet will be healthier. There are some supplements you can give to your pet that can help improve their situation, but it really comes down to the basics: a healthy diet, exercise, fresh water, and avoiding chemicals.