May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Once again, Pet Cancer Awareness Month is upon us. We covered this special month in a blog post last year  with guidance on what to look for in your pet as potential signs or symptoms of cancer. If you see any of these in your pet, you should have them checked immediately by a veterinarian.

“According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death found in 47% of dogs, especially dogs over age ten, and 32% of cats. Dogs get cancer at about the same rate as humans, while cats get fewer cancers.”Those are sobering numbers and sure to raise concerns in any pet parent. One of our goals at Petnet is to help you raise healthy and happy pets and being fully informed and armed with good intelligence is a requirement for every loving pet owner.  To that end, we are providing a curated list of excellent resources to help you understand the state of cancer diagnosis and treatment in pets and the nature of ongoing study and research into causes and prevention of cancers in pets. We hope you never have to use these materials.

General Resources

Fetch a Cure Organization provides a variety of general resources for pet parents including a listing of clinical trials, sources of financial aid, nutrition, preventative care, treatment options and pet loss support groups.

Paws 4 A Cure is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance throughout the United States to those who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved pets. They provide support for all types of illnesses including cancer, for all types of breeds.

Pet Cancer Research

The AKC Canine Health Foundation:  CHF’s Canine Cancer Research has funded over $12 million in canine cancer research since 1995. Visit their website for detailed information on their ongoing efforts.

AVMA Animal Health Studies Database contains over 170 entries with the keyword “cancer” identifying ongoing studies and research into canine and feline cancers.

Canine Cancer Genome Project: The goal of this research effort is to map the tumor genomes of the most common canine cancers. Canine tumor genome mapping is a critical step in cancer research. Sponsored by ACF and Blue Buffalo Foundation.

Clinical trials and new treatment options

Veterinary Cancer Society offers a listing of current clinical trials in veterinary oncology.

“New precision medicine procedure fights cancer, advances treatment for pets and humans”

“Exploring the Landscape of Immunotherapy for Canine Osteosarcoma”

Non - Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) is the most common cancer in dogs and the most common sub-type is Diffuse Large B - Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). With support from Animal Cancer Foundation, Dr. Nicola Mason, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and Dr. Avery Posey, Clinical Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine, have developed CAR T cell therapy for use in the dog. Cancer Organizations

Veterinary Cancer Society: Organizes one of the largest annual meetings of veterinary oncologists who come together to share new information and research in the fight against pet cancers.

Animal Cancer Foundation: Provides grants and funding to approved studies and research into pet cancer.   Animal Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in and increasing public awareness of comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in pets and people

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