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Pet Cancer – Early Warning Signs and Early Detection.

Saving Best Friends’ Lives
Thanks to new advances in medicine and a growing emphasis on preventative care and nutrition, our pets are living longer, healthier lives. Unfortunately, longer lifespans also mean that our pets are exposed to more age-related illnesses and other diseases, like cancer.

In fact, nearly 50 percent of pets over the age of ten will develop some type of cancer, and this year alone, an estimated 6 million dogs and 6 million cats will be diagnosed with the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.

The growing prevalence of this awful disease has led many pet owners to ask themselves, “What can I do if my dog or cat is diagnosed with cancer?” Like human treatments, pet cancer therapies often include surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, and the costs for these life-saving treatments can be extremely high. That’s where FETCH a Cure comes in.
Hope in the Face of a Scary Diagnosis
Jackson is a five-year-old male hound who is currently battling stage III lymphoma in Richmond, VA. When Jackson’s pet parent, Gil, discovered a swollen lymph node on his neck earlier this year, he was devastated to find out it was cancer.

Working with his veterinarian, Gil was given a treatment plan for his four-legged best friend, which included an extensive chemotherapy protocol. With treatment, Jackson’s chances of going into remission were high. Without it, he wouldn’t have much time left.

Like many of us, Gil is a pet owner who would do anything for his animals, even if that means making sacrifices for himself so his pets could live happy, healthy lives. When he saw the projected costs of Jackson’s chemotherapy regimen, however, Gil was at a loss for what to do next. The dollar amount far surpassed what he could afford.

That’s when his veterinarian recommended FETCH a Cure, a from-the-heart nonprofit dedicated to furthering pet cancer awareness, education and treatment.
Companions in Crisis
FETCH a Cure’s Companions in Crisis program provides financial assistance to help families in Virginia, Maryland and DC pay for life-saving cancer treatments for their pets. The program strives to provide hope and options for pet owners facing a cancer diagnosis. Whether it’s several months or several years, additional quality time with a beloved companion is something that will be cherished forever.

After applying to the Companions in Crisis program, Gil was awarded a significant sum to help pay for Jackson’s treatment. For Gil, this funding meant that Jackson could get the help he needed right away.

On average, FETCH will fund 20 to 30 percent of treatment costs for families in need. This amount helps alleviate the burden pet owners are faced with after discovering their best friend has cancer. With the help of Companions in Crisis, Jackson is now responding beautifully to his treatment and is well on his way to remission.
How You Can Help
FETCH a Cure’s vision is simple: a community where no one is denied a choice for their pet’s health due to lack of options, education or funding. Working on behalf of pet owners, FETCH is raising awareness and furthering education about pet cancer’s early warning signs and early detection.

When pet owners are given the resources and tools they need to make informed decisions for their companions, they can improve the quality of life of their beloved animals. To support FETCH a Cure in their mission to make cancer treatment more accessible to families in our communities, please visit www.fetchacure.org or call 804.525.2193 to make a donation.

by Sarah Moseley, FETCH a cure.



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