It's truly heartbreaking to hear about a dog or cat getting cancer. Unfortunately, it happens much more than you probably realize. In fact, dogs and cats get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans do. More startling, cancer is the leading disease-related killer among dogs and cats, accounting for nearly 50% of these deaths.
If cancer is detected early it can be treated more effectively, so it’s important to check your pet regularly for the 10 Early Warning Signs as recommended by the Veterinary Cancer Society.
If your pet has any of these early warning signs, you should take him or her to your veterinarian as soon as possible for a more complete examination. In addition, you should keep your pet away from environmental toxins like lawn fertilizers and surface and rug cleaners that have warning labels relative to children and pets. Many veterinarians see a link between environmental toxins and cancer.
Blue Buffalo, makers of natural, healthy dog and cat food started the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research (B.B.F.C.R.) after their namesake and founding dog-father was diagnosed with pet cancer. The B.B.F.C.R., through the Pet Cancer Awareness Program, was created to help find a cure for the #1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats, as well as provide funds to the families impacted by this terrible disease.
Each year Blue Buffalo and Petco team up and declare May as Pet Cancer Awareness Month to raise money and provide grants to leading institutions studying various ways to detect, treat and cure pet cancer.
The B.B.F.C.R. and Petco are proud to partner with organizations including the Morris Animal Foundation, the Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Fund and the National Canine Cancer Foundation who are on the leading edge of pet cancer research.
And because pet cancer can deeply affect families as well, the B.B.F.C.R. and Petco are funding organizations like the Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation, the Riedel and Cody Fund and Emma's Foundation for Canine Cancer to name a few. These organizations benefit the people affected by pet cancer and help defray the cost of treatment for those who need it most.