What is the incidence rate of cancer in dogs? It is hard to know for sure. While there is effective cancer treatment for dogs, not all of them receive it. In fact, some dogs who likely have cancer may never even get a definitive diagnosis, let alone appropriate care and treatment for pet cancer.
According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, 1 in 4 dogs will develop cancer at some point in their life, and 50 percent of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer. For dog owners, those numbers can be frightening. However, one of the things dogs have going for them is the growing awareness among dog owners about different pet cancers, like canine lymphoma, that affect so many pets. People are also learning that there are new cancer treatments for dogs.
Spreading the Word About Pet Cancer
Supported by the Blue Buffalo Foundation, the Petco Foundation, and the Morris Animal Foundation, among others, May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. In pets, as in humans, the key to defeating cancer is ongoing research into its causes, prevention, and cures. Advanced cancer treatment for dogs like TANOVEA™-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection), which is indicated for the treatment of canine lymphoma, are helping us care for dogs with the disease, but we have to keep making progress.
Are there things pet owners can do to join the fight against dog lymphoma and other cancers? Absolutely. Here are some tips for helping to raise awareness and support the work of organizations that are seeking cures for dog cancer:
- Talk with people about pet cancer. It’s safe to say that very few people have heard the cancer incidence rates noted above. When the opportunity presents itself, share those sobering numbers. Hearing them may prompt people to get involved in the fight.
- Tell your story. If you’ve lost a pet to cancer or your pet has beat the disease, share your story. Both tales of loss and those with a happy ending can encourage people to be looking for signs of cancer. They may also prompt them to talk with their veterinarian if they suspect their dog may be afflicted.
- Donate. Your financial support of organizations involved in research, education, and pet care efforts can make a world of difference.
- Take great care of your dog. The fight against dog cancer starts at home. Take the time on a regular basis to give your dog and all-over rub down. Look and feel for lumps or other signs of cancer as you go. It’s a great way to connect with your pet and can potentially be a lifesaver.
- Stay informed about canine lymphoma and other cancers. In addition to talking with your veterinarian, there are many online sources of information about potential early warning signs, as well as the latest advances in pet cancer treatment.
VetDC Supports the Efforts of Everyone Involved in the Fight Against Cancer
We’re excited that our lymphoma treatment for dogs, TANOVEA™-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection), is a new option to support the war on pet cancer. And we’re honored to be part of a community of pet owners and pet care providers that is committed to eliminating this disease. During Pet Cancer Awareness Month in May, and all year long, we encourage you to join us.