Conventional vets (and I count myself among this group) suggest that the cause of cancer is not known.
Well, this statement rests on a faulty premise, because there is no single cause of cancer. Cancer is the product of many separate steps that all must occur before the disease happens.
So of course the cause is not known, because of the use of the singular word “the”.
On a molecular level, you need certain changes in the DNA (genes). Then you need the body to not repair these changes, which is another separate problem.
Changes in DNA can result from:
- environmental toxins (which, yes, we are all constantly bombarded with in Western living),
- dietary substances in dog food and treats
- radiation (from the neighboring star, the Sun),
- having parent(s) with the DNA problem
- free radical excess in the body,
- errors in the cell replication process in the body
- altered pH
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One the mutations occur in the DNA, you get errors in the genes that control the growth of cells. So gas pedals get stuck in the “on” position and brake pedals are stuck “off”.
At this point the immune system is supposed to catch the new abnormal cells. The often do, but sometimes not. When the immune system is unable to catch and destroy the developing cancer cells, cancer happens.
Immune suppression is caused by many things as well:
- a diet that has nothing to do with what a dog would eat in the wild
- improper sleep/wake cycles
- chronic stress
- depression/lack of stimulation/lack of healthy, self-esteem building activities
- lack of proper social network
- improper intake of certain fats
- a high level of inflammation in the body
This info taken from research in test tubes, petri dishes, and living bodies.
As you can see, the cause of cancer is not known. The causes of cancer are, however. The ingredient is a fruit salad cannot be determined since fruit salads are, by definition, made of many fruits!
Dr. Demian Dressler is internationally recognized as “the dog cancer vet” because of his innovations in the field of dog cancer management, and the popularity of his blog here at Dog Cancer Blog. The owner of South Shore Veterinary Care, a full-service veterinary hospital in Maui, Hawaii, Dr. Dressler studied Animal Physiology and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. After practicing at Killewald Animal Hospital in Amherst, New York, he returned to his home state, Hawaii, to practice at the East Honolulu Pet Hospital before heading home to Maui to open his own hospital. Dr. Dressler consults both dog lovers and veterinary professionals, and is sought after as a speaker on topics ranging from the links between lifestyle choices and disease, nutrition and cancer, and animal ethics. His television appearances include “Ask the Vet” segments on local news programs. He is the author of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the National Animal Supplement Council and CORE (Comparative Orthopedic Research Evaluation). He is also an advisory board member for Pacific Primate Sanctuary.