Dr. Tina Gray talks about pet cancer awareness month

CONTRIBUTORS TO CANCER IN OUR PETS

Pets have an increased risk of cancer as they age just as we do. What can we do about it?
Smoking indoors increases the risk of cancer in exposed pets. Yes, this means if you smoke in your house you are increasing not only your own risk of getting cancer but your indoor pets will also be more likely to develop cancer. Furthermore, cats are very much at risk for feline asthma if they live in a house with a smoker.

Lymphoma, which is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in dogs, resembles non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans.
Risk factors that have been demonstrated for both of these cancers
include pesticides, household chemicals (in particular paints and paint strippers) and living in an industrial area.

The bottom line for both you and your pets is, live a healthy lifestyle including being aware of your environment, ensuring optimal nutrition and getting regular checkups.