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Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Updated on July 18, 2014

Read, learn, understand and help - it could save the life of your best friend.

I've lost too many best buds to cancer. And I have way too many buds currently battling this horrible disease.

From reading and researching, I have learned that one in four dogs die of cancer, it's the number one disease related death in pets, and cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age.

May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. So I've been wearing my Pets4Pets Collar that supports the Animal Cancer Foundation.

With advances in pet medicine and research, more and more animals are being treated and surviving cancer. There is hope. Read on to learn more about cancer in pets and what you can do to learn, read, understand, help and spread the word about cancer in pets.

And remember, early detection and treatment are the best ways to manage cancer in pets. Check your pets regularly, provide them with the best foods, water and environment you can, take your pet in for regular veterinary check ups, and help keep them healthy and happy.

Top 10 Signs of cancer in small animals:

AVMA's 10 warning signs of cancer in small animals.

  • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  • Offensive odor
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

Coming soon: The Red Dog Diary: A dogumentary in the works of one dog's battle with cancer.

Our good friend, Spencer's brother, Raja was diagnosed with osteosarcoma or bone cancer in June of 2005.

Over the following eight months after diagnosis, his Mom and Dad documented his fight for life.

Their planned documentary is a tribute to the courageous Raja and an effort to help others understand this horrible disease.

Visit the official site for Red Dog Diary: A dogumentary in the works of one dog's battle with cancer.

One man gives back to help fight cancer in pets.

A year ago, a cancer survivor whose dog provided him comfort during the ordeal is offering free cancer consultations for any pet in the U.S.

Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best Insurance, says his dog Spanky was the source of emotional comfort during his bout with throat cancer. He says to give something back, he's offering free cancer consultations to any pet within the U.S. through Oncura Partners. The national firm specializes in pet cancer.

Stephens says the consultation will be underwritten through his company, Pets Best Insurance. But families do not need to have a policy with his company. He added that pet owners will need a referral from their vet in order to obtain the consult. Click here for more information from the Pet Cancer Foundation.

Life after cancer!

A tribute to Wrinkles, a rescued agility dog.

Be sure and visit my website!

Be sure and visit my website - - where you can shop for cool stuff for cool dogs!

We've put together, in one place, all the cool stuff you need for your dog!

Find dog beds, all natural foods and treats, collars, leashes, charms, training and agility gear, vitamins and supplements, books, clothing, toys and more!

And the best part is we donate 10% of our profits to dog rescues and shelters!

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    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Dog lovers are such compassionate people. Thank you for writing about subjects like this that could save a pets life.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Warm hugs to Johann.

      Blessed by a Squidoo Angel

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      JuliaBusch 6 years ago

      Hi Johann,

      I thought you might like to know about my Standard Poodle Nikki's battle with canine osteosarcoma. We have a ton of information, help and hope on Much of the information which helped Nikki is little known and drawn from alternative human research. I hope you'll check it out.

      Best wishes with your lens,


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      westie11 7 years ago

      Good lens about Canidae and pets.

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      foreverme 8 years ago

      This is the first pet-authored lens I've seen. Good information.

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      aimeeroo 9 years ago

      Great lens! So much wonderful info!