Pet Cancer Awareness

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  According to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, 1 in 3 dogs will be diagnosed with cancer and 50% of those dogs will die from cancer.  There are 6 million cases of dog cancer each year, which is 300% higher than annual cases of human cancer!

Check your dog once a month

The National Canine Cancer Foundation recommends that you check your dog every month on the 14th. Start when they are young to build the habit; it will provide some quality bonding time and will prepare your pup for vet wellness visits.  Make sure you have treats, a toothbrush and toothpaste and a brush.

Signs and Symptoms to Watch for

  • Lumps and bumps underneath a dog's skin.
  • Abnormal odors emanating from the mouth, ears, or any other part of the body.
  • Abnormal discharge from the eyes, mouth, ears, or rectum.
  • Abdominal swelling.
  • Non-healing wounds or sores.
  • Sudden and irreversible weight loss.
  • Change in appetite.

Early detection is key.  Check out the National Canine Cancer Foundation website for more great information!

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