Dog and Cat Cancer Awareness Walk Set for November

As cancer increasingly affects cats and dogs, VPI raises awareness and funds.

Posted: August 20, 2010, 3 a.m. EDT

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VPI Dog and Cat Cancer Charity Walk
Last year, VPI's K9K raised more than $8,000 for dog and cat cancer awareness.

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 dog and cat cancer research.

A similar walk was held in New York City in April, raising more than $8,000 for dog and cat cancer awareness.

National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, now in its sixth year, seeks to increase awareness about the prevalence, detection and treatment of dog and cat cancer. Many pet owners do not know their pets can develop cancer, and others underestimate the cost of treating cancer in their cat or dog, 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 cancer early, VPI encourages pet owners to be attentive to any growing lump or sore that fails to heal, drastic changes in a pet’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.

Additional detection tips can be found at VPI's website, or click here for details on the upcoming Long Beach K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk.


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Pat    Omaha, NE

8/23/2010 6:29:20 AM

Good deal

K    Bellingham, MA

8/23/2010 4:54:05 AM

Cancer is a horrible disease for a pet OR a human...

Holly    Stouffville, ON

8/22/2010 5:17:52 PM

This is great! I hope they are able to raise lots of money for the cause!

JD    Portland, OR

8/22/2010 4:54:23 PM


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