Veterinarian Asks: Why Don’t We Have a Pet Vaccine?

I am now 40 years old. This is only the second time I have been diagnosed with cancer of the prostate, despite being in excellent health.

Four years ago, I decided to stop my own chemo and completely go off other medications because it made me feel like I was fighting a losing battle.

As this chemotherapy progressed, I began to have irregular monthly PSA tests in the years that followed. This caused me to begin chemotherapy. Since then, I have been off for about six months.

Ever since taking off, however, my age group in general has begun to have lower PSA levels than they did in my male peer group in my high school. These men of my age range are having better PSA tests than before I stopped chemo.

For the past year, one of my cats and I were diagnosed with cancer. When I was a high school student, I saw a number of these seniors suffering from this problem.

In these days of several doctor’s visits and the various tests you need for cancer, I often get the question, “why don’t we have a vaccine for our pets?” I have been able to complete a self-guided manual which tests cats and dogs for breast cancer, and HIV and Hepatitis. However, this manual is not all that effective.

I know you are probably laughing but, after researching and seeing all these places, I think it’s worth pointing out that the men’s, women’s and pet’s health lists at the Environmental Protection Agency are terribly lacking when it comes to identifying common cancers or diseases found in humans.

These same people fail to consistently include diabetes, obesity and now cervical cancer. Now is the time to make sure that we are as successful as possible in being proactive in cancer prevention.

In the age group in which most of us are having higher PSA levels and are losing pets to cancer, we do not know what it means to live with the risk of the unknown and what it means to be proactive.

The issues of animal health are not quite as high in scope as human health. Our environment has changed so drastically over the last 10 years. Pet owners need to always be cognizant of chemicals we use around our homes and we need to also be aware of the chemical groups that we are not being exposed to.

Although pet owners have many resources available to them, I have frequently come across experts who do not want us to even be aware of certain chemicals we use. This can be hazardous to our health.

We live in a world that is changing and there is no telling what may be out there that has the potential to be harmful to our pets. I recommend that you find a vet that you trust and be proactive and look at these disorders and lead by example. Do the things you can to protect your pets and help your pets live a normal and happy life.

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