FIVE RISK FACTORS AND FIVE GREAT TIPS FOR PROTECTION
It’s #WELLNESS WEDNESDAY everyone and time to review some important facts for SUMMERTIME PET PROTECTION. In particular, we’re focusing on our CANINE COMPANIONS, which are susceptible to the same skin conditions – including cancer – that we are. In fact, skin cancer in dogs is surprisingly similar to skin cancer in humans.
So, let’s begin by reviewing the FIVE MAJOR RISK FACTORS for CANINE SKIN CANCER:
- HEREDITY: Some breeds are more likely to develop skin cancers than others. For example, dogs with black coats develop more melanomas in the nail beds. Dogs with thin, short and light-colored coats develop more squamous cell carcinomas.
- SUN EXPOSURE: No great surprise here. Harmful UVA and UVB rays cause damage even if most of your skin is covered in fur.
- FEMALE HORMONES: Estrogen and progesterone — culprits even for the four-legged girls.
- SKIN INFLAMMATIONS AND LESIONS: Remember our Cancer Blueprint from The Single Source Cancer Course? Cells that have been injured — over and over again — become weakened and damaged — and more susceptible to illness and disease, including cancer. This is true for man’s Best Friend as well as Man 🙂
- PAPILLOMA VIRUS: It may not be Human Papilloma Virus, but it can wreak just as much havoc with our pups — causing small warts around the mouth that can lead to squamous cell tumors.
Of course, the most vulnerable doggie body parts are those that are more exposed such as the nail beds and paw pads, the mouth and muzzle, and the nose, ears and abdomen.
So, HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR PETS?? In the same ways that we protect ourselves!! And, here are FIVE EASY TIPS:
- TALK TO YOUR VET. Make sure you understand the hereditary cancer risks your dog may face based on breed and coloring.
- STAY AWAY FROM DOGS THAT APPEAR TO BE SICK. Remember papilloma here. The best way to treat a virus is to avoid it in the first place.
- STOP EXCESSIVE LICKING: This may contribute to the development of cancer-related skin mutations. Treat any skin inflammations, lesions or infections immediately.
- HAVE REGULAR CHECK-UPS. Make sure you schedule an annual exam for your pup replete with a full-body inspection. And, always visit your Vet if you notice any lump, bump, sore or discoloration on your pup’s skin.
- PRACTICE SUN SENSE. Remember, sun sense is really just common sense. Don’t expose your pup to the hottest hours of the day and the strongest rays of the sun, which are from about 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Always provide a shady area for rest outdoors. And, be careful of piping hot surfaces like asphalt, sand and concrete that can burn and damage delicate paws.
AND, if your pooch spends a lot of time swimming at the beach or hiking in the mountains — or in any other adventurous activity — consider these THREE GREAT OUTDOOR OPTIONS:
- SUN BLOCK CLOTHING. You bet. Protective gear like vests and hats are not only good for us – they’re good for Fido as well. These products not only block the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays but also are often infused with SPF protection as well.
- DOGGY SUN SCREEN. Yep. It’s special-made for the canine in your life. Just apply to the vulnerable areas we discussed like the nose and ears.
- DOGGY SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES. Affectionately known as DOGGLES. (I know, right? It doesn’t get any cuter than that.) They come in a variety of sizes and styles — designed to please the most relaxed beach bum on four legs or the most discerning of high-brow dog divas. Great protection from sun, spray and wind.
So, there we have it!! The low-down on canine skin cancer. Just as we protect our own health, please protect that of your pet. It will help insure years and years of togetherness for you and your best friend. WOOF!
Thanks for joining me everyone. Until next time have a wonderful summer, stay in GOOD HEALTH and . . .by