I don't know if it seems that way because my awareness is heightened after losing Cosmo Havanese to cancer 10 months ago or if it's because cancer is truly on the rise. Either way, the facts don't lie. According the National Canine Cancer Foundation:
- 12 million cats and dogs are diagnosed with cancer every year
- Cancer affects one out of every three dogs
- Half of all dogs diagnosed will die from cancer
But even with these grim statistics there's hope. Cancer is not a death sentence -- amazing advances in treatments can provide some pets with high quality of life for years to come.
Fundraise for cancer research
Just last weekend we participated in the Puppy Up! Atlanta walk to help raise funds and awareness for cancer research through the 2 Million Dogs organization. You can learn more about it and look for a walk in your area here.
Many of this year's walks have already taken place, but you can keep them on your radar for next year or start up a walk in your area.
|Photo by ABJ Photography|
Support the National Canine Cancer Foundation
This November, PetCareRx is teaming up with the National Canine Cancer Foundation to spread the word about National Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
You can join in the effort to raise $5,000 for the NCCF. For every "like" on the PetCareRX Facebook page, they'll donate 50 cents to the foundation.
Fuel the Love to Fuel the Cure with Zuke's
Today, Zuke's announced a new social media campaign titled "Fuel the Love to Fuel the Cure"to help support The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCFund), a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing canine and feline cancer.
Here are a few more resources to help with coping with cancer:
- Pet360 has started a pet cancer support group
- This quality of life scale helps pet caregivers determine the current state of their pet's day to day existence and can help guide future care
- This article I wrote on dealing with pet loss includes additional resources and support group