In veterinary school we are taught that dogs and cats need to have balanced diets that have been formulated by reputable companies. Some of these companies have well balancedproducts. They also give funds to the veterinary schools so they can be recommended by the veterinarians at that University. Does that mean that these foods are healthy for long term health of immune systems? Does that mean that commercial processed dog foods are good for dental health?
From my 33 years of experience, dental disease can really vary from pet to pet. If there are members of the pet family that share water bowls, then one animal with high amount of gingivitis and bacteria may have an impact on the bacteria in other animals. When they all share water contamination can occur. What would keep all those mouths healthy?
As I enter into my thirty–fourth year of practice as a veterinarian, I find myself analyzing the many topics related to immune system failure. Cancer. What is happening to make so many animals become so stricken with this immune system failure? I have come to realize that as veterinarians, we are not able to stop the increased number of animal cancer cases when their healthcare is addressed conventionally.
Yes, dogs and cats do age faster than us. Yes, they are exposed to higher percentages of chemicals that are in environment as they walk through lawns and floors recently treated with chemicals or cleaned. The 80,000 chemicals in the environment that were not there 70 years ago add up and have combined into substances which we have no clue how they will affect the immune system.