American Veterinary Cancer Foundation
November 12, 2019
The AVMA (American Veterinary Cancer Foundation) states: 1 in 4 dogs will, at some stage in their life, develop neoplasia. Almost half of dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer. Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, while there is less information about the rate of cancer in cats.
When stating statistics as definitive, you must be able to show scientific data. In veterinary medicine we have very little documentation to do that. Cancer is not a reportable disease in pets.
Many pet owners have no idea of the age, breed or history of their pet to be able to have reliable data. Furthermore, many pet owners are unable to afford diagnostics and /or treatments to also supply any further information to a credible study on cancer. The fact is we just don’t know about cancers in dogs and cats like we do humans, there are too many unknown variables.
There have been no data bases covering large enough of known populations in sufficient detail to make a reliable conclusion about overall cancer rates and incidences in our pets, until recently.
Currently, the largest veterinary study ever, the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is underway. It includes 3000 Golden Retriever participants, known as Heroes. Why Golden Retrievers? Because Golden Retrievers have the highest rate of cancer in our pets. The Golden Retriever has a cancer rate of 65%. It is from this study we hope to change the unknown questions about pet cancer to answers in our Golden Retrievers.
“Testa Rossa”, one of Team Veterinary Cancer Foundation’s golden retrievers is Hero #1281.
Celebrating Pet Cancer Awareness Month this past weekend, The Veterinary Cancer Foundation attended a celebration for the “Heroes” along with 170 other Golden Retriever Heroes and supporters in Jupiter, Florida.
The Veterinary Cancer Foundation is a non-profit 501©(3) committed to offering financial assistance to families of veterinary cancer patients, eliminating financial hardship and providing the opportunity challenge their pets cancer with the highest standard of compassionate care.
For more information on how to support a pet cancer patient visit vetcancerfoundation.com