The month of November has been designated Pet Cancer Awareness Month by Nationwide® and the Animal Cancer Foundation™ to increase awareness and to raise funds to help combat cancer, the leading killer in pets. They began this awareness campaign in 2005.
The statistics pertaining to pet cancer are not good. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation approximately 6 million dogs and another 6 million cats are diagnosed with cancer each year. That’s 1 in 10 dogs expected to develop some type of cancer and roughly 40-50% of dogs over the age of 10 contract some type of cancer.
Our pets typically get the same types of cancers as humans, with the most common forms being:
- Mammary Gland
Treatments and prognosis for your pet’s cancer can be excellent if you catch it early and care for it diligently. You should always be mindful of your pet’s health and their overall condition, but as it relates to cancer, be on the lookout for any of the following symptoms and if you notice them, see your vet immediately for diagnosis and treatment.
- Abdominal swelling or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Bleeding from the mouth, nose or other body openings
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty eating and/or persistent bad breath
- Visible lumps, bumps or discolored skin
- Non-healing wounds
- Change in bowel or bladder habits
- Sudden changes in weight
- Lameness or limping that doesn’t improve even when rested
To help combat pet cancer, Nationwide® Pet Insurance is running a month-long campaign to raise funds for the Animal Cancer Foundation. For the entire month of November, they will donate $5 for every pet cancer e-card you send. You can get their e-cards here.
You can also post a picture of your pet or send a message on your social media platform of choice using the hashtag #CurePetCancer.Sources: