The facts about cancer and our pets are alarming. According to PetCancerAwarness.org, cancer is the cause of nearly half of all disease-related pet deaths. Nearly 25 percent of all dogs will develop a tumor in their lifetime — in fact, dogs get cancer at about the same rates as humans. And while cats are less likely to be afflicted with cancer than dogs, feline cancer tends to be even more aggressive and deadly than the canine versions.
Unfortunately, humans can unwittingly contribute to the onset of cancer in our pets by exposing them to carcinogens found in pesticides, tobacco smoke and even the sun’s UV rays. No one wants to watch their pets suffer with and possibly die from this insidious disease.
With May being Pet Cancer Awareness Month, there’s no better time to support the worthy cause of eradicating pet cancer. Here are a few ways you can help:
- Make a donation. There are many organizations that provide funding for pet cancer research. One example is the American Kennel Club Cancer Canine Health Foundation, which has funded nearly $11 million in cancer research over