Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The National Canine Cancer Foundation: Fighting the disease and providing information

Did you know that cancer affects one in three dogs? Did you know that research into canine cancer may help cure cancer in humans? Do you know if your best pal is at risk for cancer?

The Nation Canine Cancer Foundation has the answers. The NCCF is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing, treating and curing cancer in dogs. The organization funds grants for scientific research and provides education and advocacy programs. The NCCF website is an excellent resource for facts and information on canine cancer. The site also hosts a memorial page to remember beloved furry friends who have lost their battle with cancer and includes an informative blog. Take a few minutes to navigate around the site and you'll learn something that could help your dog.

According the the NCCF, the 10 early warning signs of canine cancer are:
  • 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 defecation
Many of these symptoms can indicate other illnesses too. If your dog exhibits any of these signs or you feel that something just isn't right, take your pooch in for a veterinary check-up. Tell the doctor everything you've noticed and speak openly about your thoughts and hunches. Be your dog's advocate: if you know something is wrong, be sure that the doctor understands your concerns and takes steps to address them. In addition, don't be shy about getting a second opinion.

Get the facts on canine cancer from the National Canine Cancer Foundation.

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