Sadly, cancer is becoming more and more prevalent amongst dogs.
The most common place for dogs to develop tumors is in their skin. Twenty to thirty percent of skin tumors in dogs are malignant.
Skin tumors can be composed of mast cells, histiocytes, squamous cells, and melanin-pigmented cells. Boston terriers are predisposed to mast cell tumors though.
The most common tumor amongst female dogs is the mammary gland tumor. Forty-one to fifty-three percent of tumors in female dogs are mammary gland tumors. However, getting your dog spayed will reduce her chance of developing a mammary gland tumor by twenty-five percent.
Here are some tips that will help prevent your dog from developing cancer:
- Give your Boston terrier purified water. Tap water can contain lead, arsenic, and nitrates—which are no good for your pup! You should also make sure your dog doesn’t drink contaminated water that can be found in street puddles, creeks, ponds, etc.
- Avoid vaccines if your dog already has cancer. Vaccines add an extra stress to your dog’s immune system.
- Ventilate your house. Keep the air clean and never smoke around your dog. Secondhand smoke has been associated with nasal sinus cancer and lymphoma in dogs. You may consider adding houseplants, as they help filter the air. Also, don’t use harsh household cleaners; look for natural cleaning products such as vinegar and baking soda.
- Exercise your dog. Research shows that exercise helps strengthen dogs’ immunity to chronic diseases. It helps increase blood circulation and oxygenates the blood tissues—which helps clean the cells of toxins. Exercise also helps digestive glands secrete fluids better and helps the bowels move more easily. Dogs that are overweight are more prone to joint problems, breathing difficulties, diabetes, heart ailments, and cancer.
- Use natural flea products on your dog. Many flea collars, sprays, and shampoos are full of poisons. Try to use natural flea control methods.
- Keep your Boston terrier away from pesticides and herbicides found outside. Weed-killing products containing 2,4-D (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyzcetic Acid) and have been shown to cause dogs to develop lymphoma. Opt for natural and organic pesticides.
- Keep your pet stress-free. Stress overworks the liver and can result in tumors. Whatever triggers stress in your dog—tune in and help your pet relax. You can help eliminate stress from your dog’s life by sticking to a routine (regular feeding, walking, and playtimes), massaging your pet; and being in tune to your pet’s needs.