Here’s something free that can help educate pet owners and spread the word about canine cancer.
The Morris Animal Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to funding research that protects, treats, and cures pets and wildlife, is giving away free 18×28 inch canine cancer posters. The posters also include photos of the dog breeds most likely to get cancer and other information about how cancer is the number one cause of death in dogs over the age of two. Anyone is open to signing up for a poster. Feel free to share it with your veterinarian, local animal shelter or pet store.
Knowing the common signs that can indicate cancer helps in early detection. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Cancer Society say these clinical signs may indicate cancer or another serious condition that needs veterinary attention.
Here are some clinical signs of canine cancer:
- Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
- Sores that do not heal
- Weight Loss
- Loss of Appetite
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
- Offensive Odor
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Hesitance to exercise or loss of stamina
- Persistent stiffness
- Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
From press release:
60% of Golden retrievers die from cancer. Here are the dog breeds that are most likely to get cancer: Bermese Mountain dog, Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, English Springer Spaniel, Pug, Shar-Pei, Greyhound, Rottweiler, Collie, Scottish Terrier, Chow Chow, Flat-coater Retriever, or any large or giant breed.
The Morris Animal Foundation has launched a $30 million canine cancer cure campaign, which includes research to find cures while helping dogs suffering today. With the funding, the organization hopes to implement: clinical trials to test new innovative therapies to help save dogs and alleviate dog suffering now, prevention studies related to genetics and canine genome, incorporating lifetime risk, funding of a tumor tissue bank, and establishment of an endowment to guarantee continued research efforts.