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Pet Cancer and the Guardian     

Dr. Al Townshend According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs, especially dogs over age ten, and 32% of cats. It has been estimated that approximately 6 million dogs and almost 6 million cats are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year. For most, the […]

Cancer and the Litter Box    

Dr. Al Townshend Commercial cat litter has been around for about 70 years. Before 1950, cat Guardians commonly used sand, dirt, or even ashes in the litter box. Today, commercial litter is made from an almost unlimited number of substances. When it comes to cancer in cats and the Guardians that care for them, the […]

Preventing Cancer   

Dr. Al Townshend There are two primary reasons why our beloved pets’ life-span is longer than ever before; science and the intense human-animal bond. Over the last few decades, veterinary medicine has improved, and as a result, we have learned to recognize and treat common problems much more successfully. Likewise, the more hectic lives we […]

Preventing Cancer: Lifestyle   

Dr. Al Townshend The lifestyle choices we make in the way we live our lives and the lives of our pets can have a powerful impact on the health and well-being of every member of the family. Making the best lifestyle choices for ourselves and our pets is essential in reducing risk and preventing many […]

Preventing Cancer: Genetics   

Dr. Al Townshend The reason one pet develops cancer and another pet does not is complex. There is no one answer to the question. It primarily involves the environment, diet, genetics, and how these three items interact with individual animals. Previous articles have discussed the role that lifestyle, the environment and diet can play in […]

Preventing Cancer: Food    

Dr. Al Townshend When it comes to cancer prevention, the foods, treats, and supplements we fed to our pets can have a tremendous impact on the long-term health of our beloved canine and feline companions. Hippocrates, the Father of Modern-Medicine, said it over two thousand years ago, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine […]

Preventing Cancer: Environment   

Dr. Al Townshend The association between the environment and cancer was first recognized in the 18th century when physicians began to notice an increase of certain cancers in chimney sweeps due to constant exposure to coal and the tar that accumulates in the chimney. Since then, it has become apparent that there are many environmental […]

The Environment and Cancer in Your Pets   

By Dr. Al Townshend It is becoming clear that the environment is one of the biggest concerns when related to pet cancer. Every day our pets can be exposed to a multitude of potential cancer-causing agents. The real challenge is that it is almost impossible to prevent exposure to some of these dangerous substances. Minimizing […]

Cancer Prevention Begins with Genetics   

Dr. Al Townshend As with humans, we are learning that genetics can play a significant role in reducing the risk of your pet developing cancer. Before you even get a pet, it is important to consider genetics in the pet you might consider. We know that certain breeds have a greater incidence of cancer: Rottweilers, […]

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