Canine or Feline Mast Cell Tumors
Mast cells are specialized cells that are normally found throughout the body that help animals respond to inflammation, allergies, and specific situtations. Mast cells can release several biologically active chemicals when stimulated, and although normal, can be very damaging to the body. Animals consuming low quality foods or food sources containing ingredients difficult to process have increased mast cell stimulation. Often times this stimulation creates a breeding ground where cancer and mast cell tumors can develop. If you have ever had a dog or cat with cancer or a mast cell tumor, most likely it was caused by something he or she was being fed. People always spend money at the vet trying to diagnose and rid their animals of cancer, but always over look the single easiest and greatest thing they could do - the changing of the diet. What we eat as individuals and put into our bodies is the most important thing in regards to health. This is no different when it comes to your animal. Over the years, people have just accepted the fact that these large pet food companies that we see when we enter PetCos and PetSmarts are incredibly healthy. The truth is that they are not. Pet food companies are trying to make money. And in order to do so use inappropriate ingredients like potatoes, pea starch, brewer's rice, corn, and wheat. These are all cancer foods for animals. And if you have a dog or cat plagued with cancer, you should take the time to look at what you are feeding.
The most common malignant form of cancer found in both dogs and cats is Lymphoma. Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in immune system cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are white blood cells that move throughout the body and work to fight off infection. Lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes are in a state of uncontrolled cell growth and multiplication. One of the most important things to understand when it comes to lymphoma is that the survival rate with current treatments is extremely low (about 0 to 2 percent). This is not to say that there is no hope or that all is lost. What this means is that as an animal parent, that you need to think about the kind of life you want your animal to live. Cats and Dogs whom undergo radiation and medications with the purpose of putting Lymphoma into remission, live very hard lives. These drugs are extremely toxic, and as human chemo patients would tell you, such medications make you feel as if you are dying. For anyone whom has an animal suffering from Lymphoma, we urge you to first think about quality of life. What kind of life do you want for your cat and dog, and what are the chances that he or she can survive or benefit from treatment. For anyone needing help or assistance getting correct information, feel free to call us anytime.