Saturday, November 17, 2007

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month!

This month is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. So I've been wearing my Pets4Pets Collar that supports the Animal Cancer Foundation.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has a wonderful site that talks about cancer in pets. Be sure and check out their site for info on the most common cancers in pets, the various types of treatment, and more.

And from their site is a list of the Top 10 Signs of Cancer in Canines:

AVMA’s 10 Warning 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
Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
Persistent lameness or stiffness
Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

Our good friend, Spencer's brother, Raja got cancer back in 2005. Over the following 8 months, they documented his fight for life. Their planned documentary is a tribute to the courageous Raja and an effort to help others understand this horrible disease. Visit the official site for Red Dog Diary: A dogumentary in the works of one dog’s battle with cancer.

And most recently our good friend Cruella, who is the constant companion of our blogging friend Tish, is currently recovering from surgery after removal of a mast cell tumor. She is doing well, but Cruella has had a long road with cancer - stop by and wish her well, K?

There are some wonderful sites on the Internet with information about cancer in pets. Visit these to learn more...

Pet Cancer Awareness
American Veterinary Medical Association Online
OncoLink: Veterinary Oncology
Veterinary Information - Tumors and Cancer in Cats
Canines In Crisis
Dog Owner's Guide:Human cancer treatment goes to the dogs
Veterinary Information - Tumors, Cancers and Lumps in Dogs

And remember, early detection and treatment are the best ways to manage cancer in pets. Check your pets regularly, and help keep them healthy and happy.


  1. Johann, thank you for supporting Pet Cancer Awareness Month! Great post! And thank you for the well wishes for Cruella. She has indeed had a tough time with the cancer, but it appears that it's now gone! We'll keep praying that it doesn't come back!

    By the way, I had been taking Cruella for regular vet visits to her old veterinarian for several years. She appeared to be very healthy. When I switched vets, they noticed a spike in liver enzymes. That led them to do x-rays to look at her liver. When they did, they found a large mass (which of course turned out to be cancer) attached to her colon. It was 8" x 10" and weighed 5 lbs. And even after finding it on the x-rays and knowing where it was, it still could not be felt even by the doctors! So I cannot stress enough that full panel blood work on a regular basis is crucial!

    Thanks again, Johann! And I hope that you and the family have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. Thanks for barking in Tish about the full panel blood work. You are right that many folks don't understand the importance of this procedure done regularly.

    Luckily my vet recommends it on an annual basis - even though it can be kind of expensive - prevention really is the best medicine.

    Thanks for bringing to light! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Cruella, too!

  3. Thanks for spreading the word on Canine cancer Johann! It is a horrible disease and if caught soon enough can sometimes be stopped. We're editing the documentary now and are hoping to be done for the new year if all goes well. Have a Happy Thanksgiving this week!

  4. Johann, How wonderful that you shared this with us! I value the knowledge that this post gave. Hugs and I hope all days are doggy do nuthin days... sleep and play....


Thanks for barking in!

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