In November of 2005, the Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) established National Pet Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM) in order to raise awareness about this disease and to promote early detection.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of two and the second leading cause of death in cats. It's been estimated that one in four dogs will develop cancer at some point during their lifetime.
The goal of PCAM is to educate pet owners about the signs and symptoms of cancer and the importance of early detection. Increasing awareness raises hope that more pets will be diagnosed early when treatment is most likely to be successful.
Keep an eye on the warning signs that your cat or dog may have cancer, such as:
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty eating
- Weight loss
- Loss of interest in play
- Difficulty going potty
- Respiratory changes
- Severe lethargy
Early detection is key to successful cancer treatment, so pet owners are encouraged to talk with their veterinarians about any concerns they may have.
Donations to the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) help fund research and support programs for pet cancer patients and their families.
What You Can Do For Your Furry Friend
Each year, the month of November is dedicated to spreading awareness about pet cancer. During this time, pet owners are encouraged to take their furry friends to the vet for check-ups and learn more about pet cancer's signs and symptoms.
A cancer diagnosis of your pet doesn't always mean a death sentence. Quite the contrary, there are effective treatment options if the cancer is detected early. By increasing pet cancer awareness, we can help to improve the lives of our furry companions.
Preventing Cancer For Your Furry Family Friend
November is a great time to learn more about this disease and how to prevent it. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs and cats, and many pets are diagnosed each year. There are many different types of pet cancer, but the most common are lymphoma, leukemia, and skin cancer.
There are several things you can do to help prevent pet cancer. First, make sure your pet is up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. Vaccinations can help to boost your pet's immune system, making them less likely to develop cancer. Secondly, keep your pet at a healthy weight. Obesity has been linked to an increased risk of cancer in both dogs and cats. Lastly, you can donate to organizations that are working to find a cure for this devastating disease. Taking these simple steps can make a big difference in the fight against pet cancer.
Contact Phoenix Veterinary Center Today
To learn more about pet cancer awareness in Phoenix, contact us today to make an appointment for your pet for a check-up, or give us a call at (602) 559-5500. Please review our Newsletter Library and Video Newsroom to learn how to create a healthy, happy life for your pet.