Dr. Maro: 'Sneaky pollutants' have negative consequences for our pets.
Pet owners commonly inquire as to why their pets appear to have a higher prevalence of cancer and allergies than when they were children. They also claim that without all of the problems they are currently dealing with, pets seemed to live longer.
To begin with, the notion that pets used to live longer is false. Because of the eradication and reduction of major diseases that caused early deaths in young dogs and cats, the average life expectancy of companion animals has grown over time.
For example, when I first started practicing veterinary medicine, Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FeLV and FIV) were far more common and virulent than they are now. Only a third of the kittens I looked at tested positive, and they weren't anticipated to live much longer than three years.
Fewer kittens and cats are testing positive thanks to contemporary veterinary medicine, alternative remedies, increased client awareness, and enhanced immunity, and when they do, their odds of long-term survival are significantly higher.
Part of the increase in the number of pets diagnosed with significant allergies, autoimmune illnesses, and cancer can be attributed to improved diagnostic methods and pet owners seeking diagnosis. If a pet was severely unwell and not eating while I was growing up, the veterinarian would undertake limited tests and recommend symptomatic treatments. X-rays were not even available in many veterinarian's offices, and ultrasonography for people was not yet available.
Most veterinary practices now have in-house sophisticated imaging and comprehensive laboratory. In addition to CT scans, my practice performs X-rays, dental X-rays, ligament ultrasound, abdomen scans, and echocardiograms. When we identify a lump or aberrant tissue, we can take samples, prepare slides, and send microscopic photos to a pathologist directly, with results arriving in a matter of days.
In comparison to 40 years ago, when a pet might not have been diagnosed at all, but rather terminated after several days of hospitalization without food, these techniques allow for a comprehensive diagnosis of a cancer patient with swift responses.
Despite earlier and more thorough cancer diagnosis, more pets are dying from cancer now than at any other time in my professional history. Allergies, autoimmune disorders, cancer, heart disease, renal disease, liver disease, and arthritis are among the seven illnesses I treat, and they are all caused by inflammation.
A shift in the way pet foods are produced, the way pets are fed, and the abundance of cancer-causing chemicals in the environment and our homes, in my experience and that of my integrative/holistic colleagues, are factors that relate to the increased numbers of pets with autoimmune disorders and cancer.
Glyphosates, for example, successfully eliminate weeds and poison ivy. They are recognized carcinogens that are commonly utilized by homeowners and lawn service providers. They are not biodegradable in nature. Due to evaporation and cloud movement, glyphosates can be transferred to other yards by run-off and have been discovered in regions where they have never been allowed.
Toxic chemicals in pet beds, toys, treats, construction materials, and desiccants, pollutants, and antifungal bio-preservatives present in pet and human foods are examples of chemicals that negatively effect immune function and contribute to autoimmune illnesses and cancer.
I routinely find dangerous levels of metals in my patients (100 percent of dog and cat patients tested in my practice), with aluminum being the most consistently excessively stored metal in pets' bodies. Because the hazardous compounds bond to the fat and nervous system, heavy metal testing is not done on blood. When I test patients for heavy metals and mineral balance, I use a tissue mineral analysis, which is useful not only for diagnosing mineral/metal imbalances, but also for developing diets and supplemental feeding plans to help pets recuperate (and humans, when they work with MDs who understand this type of testing).
Despite the fact that aluminum is the third most prevalent mineral in the earth's crust, pets are exposed to a significant amount of heavy metals in their food, and not simply through packaging. Aluminum-containing desiccants are used in many "meals," such as fish, poultry, and meat meals, to preserve them from spoiling before processing. There are other pollutants that aren't listed on the labels of your pet food. These legal chemicals have an effect on your pet's health because they break down the intestinal lining's "tight junctions," allowing bigger particles to flow into the circulation.
Once these larger things enter the general circulation and lymphatic system, the body attempts to eliminate them using regular immunological responses, such as antibody production. As a result, sensitivities and allergies to food ingredients, food additives, and chemical compounds have developed, which should enrich the body rather than cause detrimental bodily effects in pets.
Feeding natural foods grown locally or in your garden, feeding a variety, purchasing meat and eggs from farms that allow for outdoor foraging, and mimicking your pet's evolutionary diet are the best strategies to limit undeclared and known toxins in our pets' and our diets (lots of books available on this).