Helping Your Dog Live Longer

by Mona Kremin 07/21/2019

Your dog doesn’t know how to tell you when he doesn’t feel well. In fact, although he’s your greatest companion, and knows when to snuggle up to make you feel better, you may not see when he was a serious health issue. A growing epidemic among dogs is the risk of cancer. In fact, more than half the dogs over ten years old are at cancer risk, and even younger dogs are too. The problem? Nutrition.

Feeding your dog for health

According to veterinarians, poor food choices can lead to the build-up of certain chemicals and toxins in your dog’s body, setting them up for cancer risk. Certain dog foods contain these aflatoxins, which are a type of mycotoxin that lead to digestive issues, painful joints, bad breath, and smelly waste. Aflatoxins develop from a fungus called Aspergillus that is a type of mold that forms on grains like rice, corn, soy, and wheat that are stored long term.

They can make your pup gain weight, develop allergies and itching, and even contribute to early death. They bind with your pet’s DNA to cause mutations in cells, forming cancers. Price doesn’t determine whether or not your pet’s food has toxins, studies show that both inexpensive and higher cost kibble contain aflatoxins.

But there are ways to combat the poor nutrition, toxins, and chemicals in your pet’s food.

- Seek out foods with lower grain contents. Dogs rarely eat grain in their natural state, so their digestive systems aren’t really up to the task.

- Feed your dog raw, fresh, whole foods when possible, rather than kibble. When fresh isn’t available, choose canned or soft pouch options rather than dry foods.

- Help your dog fight inflammation by adding fish oil to his food.

- Provide bones and organ meats when possible and offer bits of fresh fruit and vegetables too.

- Visit your vet regularly so that she can monitor his weight and growth patterns. Unexplained weight loss is one of the first noticeable symptoms of cancer in dogs.

- Give you dog Vitamin C, either as a supplement or via grass-fed meats.

- Feed your pet cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and dark, leafy greens such as spinach. Try pureeing them to mix them in with her food.

- Use digestive enzymes specially formulated for dogs.

If you’re new to your community, ask neighbors, co-workers, or your real estate agent for recommended veterinarians to keep your faithful furry friend healthy.

About the Author
Author

Mona Kremin

 Experienced Licensed Realtor since 1985 in Great Neck and the North Shore of Long Island. With this experience, Mona has become a local expert, exhibiting exceptional dedication to customer service, bringing key buyers and sellers together.  

After being a consistent multimillion dollar producer, and achieving Top Office Producer in 2000, Mona became the Sales Manager of one of the top offices on the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. She has been managing agents for the past 17 years as well as providing her customers and clients with exceptional service. Keller Williams Realty is now fortunate to have her on their team. Her expertise has assisted in listing, negotiating and closing hundreds of deals. Her dedication and personal commitment to the profession is exemplified by her untiring work ethic. "Being a Realtor means more than listing and selling homes. It's about people, families, and their hopes and dreams. It's about a relationship based on trust, knowledge and experience. My customers can be assured that I'll always go that extra mile to make their experience the best they have ever had when buying or selling a home." Her best compliment is your referral, and she has had hundreds throughout her career.  

Her professional designations are extensive. She is a Licensed Associate Broker, a Member of the Long Island Board of Realtors, New York Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Senior Real Estate Specialist, and a Certified Buyer Representative. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Long Island Board of Realtors since 2004, and was the President of the Nassau North Shore Chapter from 2008 - 2010. She is now the Recording Secretary.  

Prior to her career in real estate, Mona graduated with honors with a Master of Arts from New York University. She is the past President of the Great Neck Chapter of Hadassah, receiving numerous awards and honors, including Woman of the Year.  

In addition to New York, Mona is now a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in Florida, and is dually licensed with a Keller Williams office in Boca Raton.