Cancer Touches Everyone—Especially Dogs
4 to 6 MILLION dogs die from cancer each year
- My two springer spaniels, Cassie (from a brain tumor and leukemia) and Kaylee (from osteosarcoma).
- My neighbor just died from stomach cancer last month.
- My dad died from nasopharyngeal cancer.
- My husband, sister in-law, and brother in-law have had skin cancer.
Statistics report that 36 children EACH DAY are diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer does indeed touch everyone—and most of us feel helpless.
Has cancer touched you?
Walk for Canine Cancer Research
Cancer in dogs is very similar to people, since we share about 85% of the same genes. Comparative oncology uses pet dogs for clinical trials of cancer treatments that may work to cure some forms of cancer or create palliative care for both people and dogs.
Often cancer drug studies use mice, which don’t normally get cancer. Researchers have to give the mice cancer first before they can test the drugs. Many drugs that work during research studies using mice may not work with people.
Puppy Up Raises Funds for Cancer Studies using Comparative Oncology
In 2008, Luke Robinson, walked his two dogs on a 2,300 mile cross-country trek. As Luke walked, he shared his story of Malcolm, his Great Pyrenees whom he lost to cancer, as he talked to the residents of towns he passed through. He formed a grassroots movement to raise funds for canine cancer research. His goal is to get 2 million dogs to walk simultaneously across the U.S. to raise funds to fight cancer. The Puppy Up Foundation formed from this grassroots movement.
Please click here to support me in our fight against canine cancer.
To learn about the use of pet dogs in comparative oncology studies, read my review of Heal The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer Cures by Arlene Weintraub.
Please comment if you have had a dog touched by cancer and check out my website on Canine Cancer Concerns.
Above all – please help to support cancer research with Puppy Up.
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