She makes me laugh when I'm sad. She makes me smile when I'm feeling stressed. She gives me lots and lots of kisses when I'm feeling lonely. She's one of my best friends and an important member of my family. And she's also a 2.5 yr old snoring, stinky French Bulldog that I adore. I always have her best interest and health at the top of my priority list, but it's time to step it up even more this month, because it's National Pet Cancer Awareness Month!
Every year in the United States, millions of pets are diagnosed with and treated for cancer. For the sixth year in a row, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, seeks to increase awareness about the prevalence, detection, and treatment of pet cancer by designating November as Pet Cancer Awareness Month. To raise funds for pet cancer research, VPI has once again partnered with the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) and organized the Long Beach K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.
Although I knew cancer was possible in our fuzzy 4 legged friends, I was unaware that it is as prevalent as it truly is. And with some of the most common types of pet cancer being lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumor, bone cancer, and cancer of the eyelid, it's no wonder that any of these diagnoses would not only hurt your heart and your pet, but your wallet as well.
Luckily, VPI policy holders can pursue the best cancer treatment without the same financial repercussions because their medical policies include benefits for the diagnosis and treatment of cancerous conditions, including chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
However, to avoid all of this, remember that prevention is key! Look out for growing lumps, sores that don't heal, or any behavioral changes such as lethargy, change in appetite and weight, unusually strong odors (although these seem to be the norm in my bulldog!), and difficulty chewing and swallowing as just a few of the many possible signs that there could be something wrong.
Further detection tips and information on Pet Cancer Awareness Month as well as registration information for the Long Beach K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk can be found by visiting www.petinsurance.com/cancer. For more information on the Animal Cancer Foundation, please visit www.acfoundation.org.
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