- Being a large dog breed, the Labrador Retriever is prone to cancers and tumor formations. Commonly, these cancers involve the skin, the blood, and the lymph systems.
- Chemicals in the food you give to your dog can contribute to the development of cancer in Labrador Retrievers.
- Chemicals such as formaldehyde, chlorine and nitrates are just a few of the chemicals that are mixed in with commercial dog foods.
Signs and Symptoms of Cancer in Labradors
- You may see the appearance of new growths on your pets body. Monitor any growths carefully.
- Be alert to sores that will not heal, or lumps that begin draining.
- Appetite loss is a common symptom of cancer in Labrador Retrievers. Keep in mind though that this symptom can also be indicative of many other illnesses.
- Weight loss and lethargy may be present and fevers may occur in later stages of the illness.
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Natural and Alternative Treatment for Cancer in Labs
- Early detection and treatment makes a world of difference in the lifespan of dogs afflicted with cancers.
- Build up your pet’s immune system to fight off infections.
- Supply a nourishing diet. Prepare fresh, homemade meals if you can do it. Otherwise, be careful in your choices of commercial foods.
- Meat meal should be listed as one of the first ingredients. Avoid any food that contains byproducts.
- Fresh cooked or raw vegetables supply needed nutrients for proper cell growth, good skin integrity, and a healthy immune system. Provide them daily for maximum effectiveness.
- Keep your pet hydrated and encourage eating. Stimulate the appetite with warm broth to add taste.
- Give a couple tablespoons of yogurt daily to beef up the amounts of good bacteria needed in the intestinal tract.
- Apply cool compresses to the abdomen of a feverish pup.
- Maintain a very clean environment for your pet to prevent infections.
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