Why Dogs Get Cancer

Natural Remedies:

Some Clues On Cancer In Pets

It is not an uncommon thing these days for animals to get cancer.  Our household pets often succumb to cancer.

Even animals in the wild are suffering this disease.  Soon after I first published the gist of this article on my website,  Channel 3 TVNZ featured a nature programme which showed a koala being treated for cancer in Queensland, Australia. The vets on the programme said that they often treated koalas for cancer.This was around 25th September, 2010.

Agricultural chemicals and industial pollution surely must be the reason that koalas living in the bush of  Queensland, are getting cancer. Glyphosphates found in the common weedkiller RoundUp have been linked to cancer. This herbicide is used widely in New Zealand, and probably Australia too. The World Health Organization has announced that glyphosphates ‘probably cause cancer’. Gobal warming and the erosion of the ozone layer might be a factor too.

There is almost always a catalyst, a toxic chemical which can be identified as the cause of cancer.  If it isn’t toxic chemicals in the air and on the land, it could very well be some poisonous product we are using or putting on our bodies.  Jacqui Davison, who famously recovered from terminal cancer and regrew her hair and teeth in the process, had her cancer analysed. Results showed that her cancer had developed from her toe nail.  She had kept her nails permanently painted with nail polish, which is loaded with formaldehyde, one known cause of cancer.

Well, nail polish won’t be the reason for cancer in those koalas, or our household pets, but there are some obvious ways in which dogs and cats can get poisoned. Here are the main ones:

  • Herbicide such as RoundUp, a glyphosphate, sprayed onto grass verges where dogs and cats may walk.
  • Chemicals in food, such as agricultural herbicides, growth hormones, and antibiotics in animal feed which is  given to chickens, sheep and cows.   Preservatives, artificial flavourings and flavour enhancers in dog and cat food  are also bad.
  • A diet high in processed food which is deficient in important life-giving minerals and vitamins.
  • Toxic flea killers and de-wormers.  The poisonous flea collar is one of the worst culprits.  The  poor animal has to continually absorb the chemicals from such, all the day and night long.

Most insecticides which are used to deflea cats and dogs are incredibly toxic. Harmful chemicals should never be used anywhere in our environment, but toxic flea collars and potions have an added hazard. You have to remember that every time you pat your pet you get some of the poison from its coat or flea collar on your hands.  These flea killers are made to be absorbed readily through the dog’s skin, and they are just as readily absorbed through your own skin too.

A seemingly harmless thing such as a flea killer will have ongoing negative effects on you and your pet which cannot really be measured.  The harmful effects of a simple little flea killer are big.  Cancer and arthritis, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s disease, are some of the serious degenerative  diseases which can be caused from chemicals found in many poisonous flea killers.

It might take several years for sickness to develop in your dog, or yourself, because of a poisonous insecticide which you use regularly on your pet.  But it is inevitable that your pet will eventually suffer with the use of harmful pesticides on his or her skin.

Toxic Pesticides Can Cause Depression: Pesticide use also affects the emotional and physical states  of your pet.   Your pet is affected immediately upon  coming into contact with flea poisons.  Flea  usuallymake an animal feel sick for a start. Have you noticed your dog getting depressed, losing the appetite, looking sad and moping around,  or getting hyperactive after applying flea killing chemiclals to its coat, or giving it a pill for the eradication of fleas?

You see the same effect on cats, who often get jittery after having flea killers put on them. You often see dogs and cats in a frenzy, trying to rub this stuff off on the grass immediately after they have been dosed.

The two main long term effects of using toxic chemicals on your pets, or giving them poisons internally, are arthritis and cancer.  Types of muscular dystrophy are also not uncommon in dogs and cats. Depression, hyperactivity and diseases of the nervous system can also develop when toxic chemicals are used regularly on your pets.

The answer is ‘no’ to  poisonous chemicals. We must stop using harmful chemicals on our pets, or anywhere in our environment.  There are organic products which will do the job of getting rid of fleas.  There are home-made remedies which we can make to kill fleas or to deter them.  These remedies may not be quite as effective as the harmful commercial poisons, but it is far better to have the odd flea about than risk getting cancer or arthritis yourself, or have your dog or cat suffer these diseases.

Poisoning From Unknown Herbicides: The legal spraying of poisonous herbicides such as glyphosphate around the place is a serious problem.  While people are still allowed to use toxic chemicals wherever they choose, we have no control over our exposure or the exposure of our pets to these toxic chemicals.

But dogs and cats are especially at risk, because they absorb the chemicals which are sprayed on the grass straight into their little paws. They have DIRECT contact with these harmful chemicals which are sprayed about the place. Herbicide use around parks and grass verges in the city pose a real threat to all dogs and cats living in the area.  On farms, dogs are at risk when paddocks are sprayed with chemicals, as are the animals who will eventually get to eat the grass. All toxic herbicides and insecticides should be banned.  Only natural organic, or herbal, or homeopathic herbicides and pesticides should be allowed, especially where food is produced, or in the cities where people, and dogs and cats roam.  That means there is  no suitable  and safe place for the use of any toxic chemicals.

6 thoughts on “Why Dogs Get Cancer”

  1. Great info but I was hoping to find studies and facts not assumptions. My sisters dog died from cancer 12 years ago and my neighbors dog is getting ready to be put down because of cancer and neither dog was given flea treatments, nor was either dog exposed to fungicides, insecticides, or herbicides. They both lived in different cities seperated by 100 miles so it’s unlikely that water treatment, or some other unknown toxins from a nearby plant is the cause. Additives and fillers in the food? Possible.

  2. Thankyou for your comment. Simply not using insecticides of any kind does not automatically immunise a pet from cancer or other disease: Pets can still get contaminated with poisons when they walk over grass or gardens which has been sprayed with herbicide or pesticide. But avoiding insecticides does help to prevent these diseases. Yes – preservatives are added to many pet foods, and antibiotics and other chemicals will have found their way into the meat. These things cause degenerative disease in time, and this is why the diet of your pet should be carefully looked at.
    Dogs and cats are also prone to getting cancer and other degenerative dsiease because they walk in areas which have been sprayed with toxic chemicals. The poisons get absorbed through the pores of their feet, and from there, into the blood stream and into the liver where many are stored. Stored poisons in the liver and other organs are like a sitting time bomb for cancer to ‘strike’ later on.
    It is good to try and reduce the exposure to poisons as much as possible, which is why it is good NOT to use toxic pesticides. The more contaminating poisons in an animals environment, the greater the chances of getting cancer. Your animal may still succumb to cancer, but perhaps not as soon as if you were to be using toxic pesticides for the whole of th animal’s life. Your own health will also be the better for not using toxic pesticides on your pet.
    Thanks again.
    Regards, Merrilyn

  3. Great article and very good at being proactive about not using these killer flea treatments. I have two Chihuahuas and am very deadset against using flea preventatives because for one, I don’t like the idea of putting toxin so close to their brain; two, if the package tells us to immediately wash our hands upon contact with the preventative, then why are we putting it on our pets! And three, no one is really sure what the long term effects are of using these preventatives. I am also a strong proponent of raw diets (my two are actually on a dehydrated raw diet) because the crap, preservatives, chemicals, dyes that they are putting in pet food these days is absolutely horrifying. It’s come to the point that I’m having a hard time trusting these pet food companies. And I’ve also switched them to bottled water, no more tap water for them because again, we’re really not sure what kind of toxins/crap is in our water that could effect them long term. I’m doing everything possible to keep them healthy for a very long time, and that includes switching them to a holistic vet, very limited vaccinations (which I think the overvaccinating regular vets are doing is another contributing cause to pets getting cancer), and I’ve also switched my cleaning products over to organic materials i.e. instead of mopping the floor with a floor cleaner (which they could lick off the floor, because we all know dogs just love to lick for crumbs!), I’ve switched to plain old steam or a solution of white vinegar and water.

  4. Hi Nadine, and Thankyou. For some reason, I only got the first couple of lines of your letter a couple of days ago. But suddenly, at 1.36AM NZ time, your letter has arrived in its entirety. So now – a very big thankyou for contributing so much. You have given us lots of good information to support using only natural insecticides on your pets. Readers will benefit from this.
    Kind Regards, Merrilyn

  5. My dear Merrilyn,

    I thing you forgot to mention the mainly cause of cancer in dogs: vacines !



  6. Thankyou for your comment Maga. If dogs are vaccinated, as for Paavo (Parvo?) and other diseases, then – yes – they will be more susceptible to cancer. Very good point. Homeopathy for dogs and cats is the thing – I cured a pup once who had Parvo- Paavo – through using just homeopathic medicines and castor oil at the end of the treatment. All his siblings died of Parvo, I found out later – except for one who actually was saved through being rushed to the vet for a vaccination when his owners heard that the virus was about. So – vaccines have their place – But if the public was educated, and homeopathic medicines were encouraged, rather than pushed away by the medical profession, then we would have little need for vaccinations. Because there are preventative, or prophylactic, homeopathic remedies for every sickness, including those suffered by our pets.
    Thanks again.
    Regards, Merrilyn

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