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!