Gerald S. Post, DVM, MEM, DACVIM (Oncology), ACF Founder & Barbara Cohen, Executive Director, May 1, 2017.
Pet Parents who welcome new puppies and kittens into their families likely aren’t thinking that their precious new addition could someday be diagnosed with cancer. Most of us are too busy falling head over heels in love with our new family member to think that far ahead. But statistics show that one in four dogs and one in five cats will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Those are staggering figures. Animal Cancer Foundation’s goal is to never have a pet or person lost to cancer. However, if your new best furry friend is ever diagnosed with cancer, we encourage you to become an informed decision maker for your pet, to understand the facts about cancer treatment for pets, and to become a supporter of the comparative oncology research that is helping both our pets and people overcome cancer.
Here are a few things you can do now to help prevent cancer in your pet; things you can do before you’re faced with an expensive health situation for your pet; and what to know if your pet is diagnosed with cancer so that you can make informed decisions:
Animal Cancer Foundation:
The Veterinary Cancer Center, What is cancer:
The Veterinary Cancer Center FAQ’s:
Colorado State University Argus Institute Support Services:
Association Of Pet Loss And Bereavement:
Alissa is a certified pet bereavement counselor through the APLB (The Association for Pet Loss & Bereavement) since 2008.
As a pet bereavement counselor I’m available to help pet families cope with the emotions associated with anticipating the loss of a pet, coming to a decision to euthanize and preparing for what lies ahead.
I currently serve as the After Care Coordinator at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital and I have worked in veterinary medicine for 18 years.
I also have my own Pet Sitting Business so pet families don’t have to board their babies when they go away. I give the parents and pets comfort by keeping them in their own environment.