Pet Wellness: Here’s why you and your pets may share the same health issues

I’ve heard of it time and time again: first an owner discovers that they’re not well and then, shortly after, they find out that their pet is sick too.

But, wait a minute, how on earth could that be possible?

“Pet owners share their homes, their exercise habits and sometimes even their food with their four-legged companions.” Lindsey Konkel explained in an article for Scientific American.

She continued: “… increasingly, they are sharing the same diseases: Dogs and cats suffer from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and asthma, just like humans.”

And she’s not the only one to have made the connection between the fact that humans and pets share the same health issues.

“Because our pets share our environments, they are exposed to many of the same pollutants as us,” Melissa Paoloni, a veterinary oncologist at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, told Lindsey.

From lawn care chemicals (which are linked to canine lymphoma and bladder cancer) and  flame retardants (said to cause thyroid issues in cats) through to household chemicals trapped in our carpet, we’re unintentionally exposing our pets to an array of pollutants.

And our pets are the ones suffering because of it.

“Researchers at the University of Massachusetts and the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine questioned the owners of more than 700 dogs about use of pesticides. Roughly one-third of the dogs had been diagnosed with canine malignant lymphoma, while the other two-thirds had either benign tumors or were undergoing non-cancer surgeries.” Lindsey Konkel revealed.

Scary figures.

So, what is the solution?

Well, while I’m by no means an expert (or as well-informed as I could be), my suggestion would be to limit your pet’s – and your! – exposure to dangerous chemicals and pollutants. Consider chemical-free ways of cleaning your home and treating your lawn and be mindful of the toxins you allow your pet to come in contact with.

What about you? Have you noticed pets and their owners sharing the same diseases? And how do you manage the toxins your pet comes in contact with?

Disclaimer: Please consult your trusted vet or holistic animal health expert before making any changes to your pet’s diet or lifestyle. While I aim to offer well-researched and balanced articles, I am by no means as well-informed as your veterinarian. Please use your own inner guidance and the wisdom of the pro’s when making decisions regarding your pet’s wellbeing.

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