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inflammation; omega-3s do the reverse. A healthy, moist dog diet contains

real, whole, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) foods, preferably raw—also plen- ty of high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone; moderate amounts of animal fat; high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, such as those present in krill oil); and some fresh-cut ground veg- gies; plus antioxidant-rich fruit. Consider adding both vitamin/min-

eral and other supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, medicinal mushrooms and super green foods. Work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian to determine the best regime.

3 Reduce Exposure to Toxins

Don’t Overfeed Fido Plus Other Tips to Keep

a Dog Cancer-Free by Karen Becker C

ancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Oſten diagnosed too late,

the risks, heartache and expense of ag- gressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well under- stood, we can give our companion the best possible chance of prevention.

1Avoid Pet Obesity In studies across species, caloric

restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obesi- ty is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with ex- cessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Over-

36 NA Triangle feeding a dog is not a loving thing to do. 2

Choose an Anti- Inflammatory Diet

Creating or promoting inflammation raises cancer risk by facilitating abnormal cells to proliferate. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic, inflammatory disease. Because cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates as an energy source, limit or eliminate carbs present in processed grains, fruits with fructose and starchy vegetables. Cancer cells generally can’t use dietary fats for energy, so appropriate amounts of good-quality fats are nutritionally healthy. Another major contributor to inflam-

mation is poor-quality, processed pet food, which is typically high in omega-6 fatty ac- ids and low in omega-3. Omega-6s increase

Harmful toxins include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemi- cals, tobacco smoke, flame retardants and all common household cleaners. A six-year study by the Cummings School of Veteri- nary Medicine, at Tuſts University, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma up to 70 percent. Conventional flea and tick preventives

are pesticides, whether spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos or collars. Chemical spot-on products attracted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attention based on reports of 40,000 adverse events in 2008, including 600 animal deaths. Because avoiding all toxins is nearly

impossible, consider periodic detoxification based on a vet’s recommendation. For a dog with constant exposure to toxic chemicals all summer, a daily oral detox protocol is sound. If the only source is a monthly dose of a flea and tick product, limit a detox to the week aſter each pill or topical treatment.


Refuse Unnecessary Vaccinations

To properly maintain a dog’s first line of defense—the immune system—don’t overstimulate it with vaccines. Tailor vaccine protocols to minimize risk and maximize protection, considering the dog’s breed, back- ground, nutritional status and overall vitality. A good protocol with healthy puppies is to provide a single parvovirus and dis-

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