November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
That dreaded “C” word that no one – or no pet – ever wants to hear. But we cannot turn our backs on cancer, we cannot ignore it. What we can do, is raise awareness, and do our part to keep our pets healthy, while helping each other understand early signs of cancer, and/or how to prevent it.
Here’s What YOU Need to Know About Canine Cancer:
According to The Veterinary Cancer Center – “Cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all disease related pet deaths each year.”
Wow… That’s huge. With only about 5% of canine cancers being hereditary, what that says to me, is that there are things we could be doing to help prevent such tragedies happening to our pets. But when cancer affects 1 out of every 3 dogs, what on earth can we do?
Early Detection Is Key
I cannot stress how important it is for us to check our pets regularly.
Checking for lumps and bumps that shouldn’t be there, can potentially help you realize that something isn’t right with your pet. An easy way to do this is during a grooming session. Taking an extra few minutes to check their bodies, can give your pet a fighting chance, should you find something that shouldn’t be there.
Some Other Warning Signs of Pet Cancer Can Be:
- Strange odors
- Heavy or sudden weight loss
- Chronic Vomiting
- Chronic diarrhea
- Sudden changes in appetite
- Respiratory problems
- Sores that won’t heal
- Pale gums
Keep in mind that while these can potentially be warning signs that your pet may have cancer, it does not necessarily mean your pet has cancer. So if you do notice any of these signs, or lumps and bumps on your pet, don’t panic. Some of these things can simply mean your pet has some other sort of illness, or is not feeling well. The difference is knowledge. Knowing your pet, and having the ability to notice changes in them can make the world of difference.
If you notice any of the above signs in your pet, whether or not it could be serious, it is always best to make a visit to your Veterinarian. Six million pets will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone… so lets do our part to raise awareness, and help others understand what the early warning signs of pet cancer can be.
Visit www.wearethecure.org for more information on Pet Cancer, and what you can do to help raise awareness.
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.