Here at VetMeasure, we take the health of our companions very seriously. Did you know that November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month? Cancer is the number one disease-related cause for all domesticated cats and dogs in the United States. National Pet Cancer Awareness Month was started by Nationwide and the Animal Care Foundation in 2005 to increase awareness and to raise funds to help eliminate the leading cause of losing our loved ones.
Cancer is a disease that tends to have a better outcome the earlier that it’s diagnosed. To ensure that you’re catching this life-threatening disease before it’s too late, here are some tips on what to look for in your dog:
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty chewing and/or swallowing
- Weight loss
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Unusual strong odors coming from your pet
- Bleeding or other discharge from any body opening
If you see any of these signs, don’t hesitate to take your pet to the vet to get a checkup.
We know that the month of November is coming to a close, but it isn’t too late to get involved in National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. For every photo, story, or statistic shared by pet owners on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #CurePetCancer, Nationwide will donate $5 to the Animal Cancer Foundation (up to $50,000).
For more information on National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, click HERE.