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:
- Lymphosarcoma – 34,457
- Mast cell tumor – 19,249
- Bone cancer – 10,120
- Cancer of the eyelid – 7,696
- Cancer of the spleen – 7,283
- Liver cancer – 6,198
- Fibrosarcoma (which stem from connective tissues) – 5,542
- Cancer of the thorax – 5,289
- Oral cancer – 4,362
- 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.
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