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Old 05-08-2015, 08:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Life expectancy of certain dog breeds plummeting?

is there any agreement why cancer kills so many humans ?
diet ? environment ?
- it often runs in the (human) family

but if there isn't, why would we expect to find out the answer why so many dogs die too early from cancer ?
- have wild dogs been compared to domestic dogs in terms of the frequency of death by cancer ? is it just because domestic dogs live longer ?
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:46 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: Life expectancy of certain dog breeds plummeting?

entropy?
pollution?
diet?

all of the above?

my girlfriends old employer had an inbred collie that lived a very hard working life,ate low grade food and still lived to 17.

so i'll go with it mainly being genetic weakness.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:55 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Re: Life expectancy of certain dog breeds plummeting?

Life expectancy for humans in U.S. recently decreased. I think poor diet and lack of exercise is a major factor for people and dogs.
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Old 05-08-2015, 11:14 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Re: Life expectancy of certain dog breeds plummeting?

UC Davis study from (I think) 2013 found a correlation between early spay/neuter and greatly increased cancer rates in Golden Retrievers. The study, titled "Evaluation of the risk and age of onset of cancer and behavioral disorders in gonadectomized Vizslas,"1 was conducted by a team of researchers with support from the Vizsla Club of America Welfare Foundation. It was published in the February 1, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Similar findings came from the Vizsla study.

Google "spay neuter cancer". There is lots of information and studies.

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Old 05-08-2015, 11:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: Life expectancy of certain dog breeds plummeting?

Another study with the pros and cons.

http://www.naiaonline.org/pdfs/LongT...uterInDogs.pdf
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:23 AM   #16 (permalink)
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two points of opinion, one containing facts: spaying and neutering dogs who shouldn't be bred/aren't going to be bred cannot contribute to rising cancer statistics in all members of their given breed--only to those within their breed who are spayed/neutered. it's even a lesser evil than contributing to the staggering number of homeless dogs who are destroyed annually--speaking against spaying and neutering is like preaching against using cowpox to prevent measles.
second point; the scary stuff in our food is often in our dogs' food now,too, and what that does to a mammal, long term, is so hotly contested that the data is actively suppressed by the USDA. genetically modified this and that being fed antibiotics like candy as well as liquiffied remnants of its' own species so it can survive long enough to get fat enough to be slaughtered is poisoning all of us.
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Re: Life expectancy of certain dog breeds plummeting?

I am against early spay and neutering. I am for responsible dog ownership.
I am against using cowpox for a measles vaccine. Cowpox does not build immunity against measles.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:57 AM   #18 (permalink)
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entropy ?
had to look that up
but it didn't help.....
can you explain how it relates to life expectancy of dog breeds ?
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Re: Life expectancy of certain dog breeds plummeting?

Our Landseer died at sge 12,5, the Briard 13,5, the Fila Brasileiro 14,5 years.
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Re: Life expectancy of certain dog breeds plummeting?

I suspect that diet, lifestyle, stress, and chemical exposure all play a part in the declining life expectancy of humans and animals today. In fact there is a branch of science dedicated to studying this called epigenetics. Basically it looks at how these factors turn on and off genes.
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