Walk to Raise Awareness, Funds for Canine Cancer

The Long Beach K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk takes place this weekend in California.

Posted: November 12, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Walk to raise money for cancer research happening this weekend in Long Beach, Calif.As part of National Pet Cancer Awareness Month in November, Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif., and the Animal Cancer Foundation will host the Long Beach K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk on Nov. 13 in Long Beach, Calif., to raise funds for pet cancer research.

A similar walk was held in New York City in April, raising more than $8,000 for the cause. Last year’s K9K in Long Beach drew more than 400 pet owners and their dogs, and helped raise more than $14,000 for the Animal Cancer Foundation.
 
National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, now in its sixth year, seeks to increase awareness about the prevalence, detection and treatment of pet cancer. Many pet owners do not know their pets can develop cancer, and others underestimate the cost of treating cancer in their pet, according to VPI.

The following is a list of the 10 most common pet cancers by claims received at VPI between 2003 and 2009:

  1. Lymphosarcoma – 34,457
  2. Mast cell tumor – 19,249
  3. Bone cancer – 10,120
  4. Cancer of the eyelid – 7,696
  5. Cancer of the spleen – 7,283
  6. Liver cancer – 6,198
  7. Fibrosarcoma (which stem from connective tissues) – 5,542
  8. Cancer of the thorax – 5,289
  9. Oral cancer – 4,362
  10. Hemangiopericytoma (a tumor generally arising on a limb) – 4,351

Bone cancer turned out to be the most expensive form of cancer, costing policyholders an average of $2,304 per claim, according to VPI.

Collectively, policyholders spent more than $51.2 million between 2003 and 2009 treating these top 10 cancerous conditions.

To detect canine cancer early, VPI encourages dog owners should be attentive to any growing lump or sore that fails to heal, drastic changes in a dog’s appetite or weight, unusually strong odors coming from a pet, discharge or bleeding from any body opening, difficulty chewing or swallowing or an unwillingness to exercise.

To learn more about canine cancer, click here.


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Kiki   Naperville, IL

11/14/2010 7:01:09 PM

That's wonderful; are these walks something that is starting up nationwide?

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Kiki   Naperville, IL

11/14/2010 6:58:30 PM

That's wonderful; are these walks something that is starting up nationwide?

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Cheryl   Kansas City, KS

11/14/2010 7:21:58 AM

I think its great that we have groups like this to help the animals. The more we broadcast, the better off our pets will be.

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Catherine   Newark, DE

11/13/2010 1:29:30 PM

I love it!!!! I had to put my dog, love and 11 year companion to rest from dog cancer. It was devistating. I did'nt know she had cancer. she went down hill fast. In two weeks. How can I have a walk for canine cancer???

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