May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month! Cancer is a silent killer that has touched all of our lives in one way or another and it really takes a toll on everyone involved, from patients to caregivers. We take as many preventative measures as we can to avoid cancer, but what about protecting our dogs as well?
Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10, and 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Although this number is alarming, half of all cancers seen in dogs are curable if caught early enough. With that being said, since our dogs can't tell us when something is wrong, it is up to us to monitor our furry family members to make sure that they are healthy and receive prompt care when needed.
There are a number of ways that you can both reduce your dog's risk of getting cancer and increase their chances of beating cancer if it can't be avoided. These easy steps include, but are not limited to:
Keeping our dogs healthy, happy, and cancer-free is at the top of all of our priority lists, year-round. However, there is no better time than Pet Cancer Awareness Month to take these couple of extra steps to ensure your dog's health for many tail waggin' years to come!
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