Did you know that 1 out of every 4 dogs develops cancer?
Cancer is a devastating diagnosis which many owners will face (and I speak from personal experience; I’ve loved and lost 2 dogs to cancer plus provided palliative care support to other dogs diagnosed with the disease).
The month of May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
Like humans, dogs are subject to a higher cancer risk because of genetic and lifestyle factors. Good nutrition, exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight are as good for our dogs as they are for us!
In this video, Dr Gerald Post of the Veterinary Oncology Center in Connecticut talks about prevention, early indicators of cancer, and diagnostic tests.
There is a growing body of research into canine cancers and new treatments are being developed and tested. This means that treatments such as chemotherapy exist for dogs when previously nothing could be done.
If you type the word ‘cancer’ into the search box on this blog, you will see a number of articles about dogs and cancer. I regularly read new articles about cancer and treatments because I’m interested in the subject and I want to offer my customers the best possible advice and support when working with their veterinarian and others in their dog’s healthcare team.
Please feel free to share your canine cancer story by posting to this blog – so that others can learn from your experience.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand