I learned today in an email from Doggy Loot that May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. This email also said that 1 in 4 dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. And, that cancer accounts for 50 percent of all disease-related pet deaths each year.
I’ve been following a group on Facebook called the Puppy Up Foundation. Every month, they encourage their followers to do a monthly feel of their dog(s). And they do it with flair—check out April’s post:
And, we have a great example. Recently, FKF board member Tara did a monthly feel on her pooch, Sasha. During that feel, she found a lump and decided it was time to take Sasha in to have it looked at. The vet had the lump biopsied, tested, and later, they removed the entire lump and little extra for good measure. Thankfully, Sasha is on the mend (though, we now call her Franken-butt), and will likely be healthy for a long, long time. Thanks to Tara’s monthly feel.
Fur Kids Foundation believes that early detection saves lives. We encourage you to take 10 minutes once a month to feel and look for lumps, bumps, swellings and any discolorations on your pet. Check them from head to toe, including the inside of their mouth and ears. Keep a record of growths, so you can keep track of anything you think may be suspicious, or new. And, if you do find something, watch your dog for any unusual behavior or change in attitude, as this may also be an indicator that something may be wrong with their health. Be sure to follow up with your vet if you believe that anything is wrong.
· Animal Cancer Foundation
· The Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research
· Canine Journal: What are the signs of Cancer in dogs?
· The Grey Muzzle Organization - Cancer Wellness
· Puppy Up Foundation
· Puppy Up Foundation - Early Warning Signs: Love your dog? Learn the 10 L’s