Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dog Lovin' - Pet Cancer Awareness Month

AKC Canine Health Foundation - Pet Cancer Awareness month 2014

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month and it's a great reminder to check your pet regularly for any early warning signs. Cancer is the #1 cause of death in older animals and affects 1 out of 3 dogs.  All dogs, whether mixed breed or purebred, are at risk for developing cancer.

Here's a list of the early warning signs that are crucial to look for in your pet:

  1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
  2. Sores that do not heal
  3. Weight loss
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Difficulty eating or swallowing
  6. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  7. Offensive odors
  8. Loss of stamina or reluctance to exercise
  9. Peristant stiffness or lameness
  10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

The National Canine Cancer Foundation has a wealth of resources and articles on their website.  It's a wonderful foundation that's worth checking out and supporting!

Happy Dog Lovin' & Dog Healin'!

Images via:
Canine Health Foundation | Pleasant Hill Animal Hospital | Petco

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