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Pet Cancer Awareness Month: How To Protect Your Dog & Cat

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Many of us have been impacted by cancer -- whether it’s something we’ve personally been faced with, have had a friend or family member affected or if our pet has been impacted. If you’ve ever had a pet who’s struggled with cancer, you know how heartbreaking it is. He doesn’t understand what’s happening, he just knows it means a lot of extra veterinarian appointments.

Just as humans can take steps to help prevent cancer, there are steps you can take to protect your dog and cat. We want to help raise awareness of this dread disease during Pet Cancer Awareness Month.

Protect your pet from the sun. Did you know your dog and cat can get sunburned? This is especially true for white or light-color coated or short-hair dogs and cats. Even long haired dogs and cats can get sunburn on their sensitive ears and nose. Look for a pet-friendly sunblock and cover your dog’s sensitive areas -- ears, nose, belly and other exposed body parts.

Keep your dog or cat out of direct sunlight. Sit in the shade or put up an umbrella to protect them -- and you -- from the potentially harmful rays of the sun.

Feed a healthy diet. Just as humans should eat fewer processed foods and sugary drinks and snacks, so too should your dog and cat eat a healthy diet. Become an “ingredient reader” when you’re picking up your dog’s or cat’s food. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it may not be the best choice. Look for limited ingredient foods to help keep your pets healthy. Ask your veterinarian which foods he or she might recommend.

Avoid the urge to feed your dog or cat table scraps; they truly don’t need them. If you have to feed from the table, offer your dog or cat pieces of fruits or vegetables.

Learn the signs of cancer. While cancer is not a disease that always manifests itself in a way you can recognize, there are sometimes signs. If your dog or cat is simply not acting like him- or herself, call your vet. You are your pets’ first line of defense in being healthy. When you’re stroking your dog or cat rub your hands over his entire body -- from tip to tail. Make note of any lumps or bumps or any areas that seem to cause your pet pain when you touch it. Call your vet if you see or feel anything out of the ordinary.

Some signs of illness could include:

  1. Loss of appetite
  2. Extreme thirst (could be a sign of diabetes)
  3. Unusual behavior
  4. Bleeding
  5. Difficulty eating or swallowing

Look into alternative therapies. If you have a pet who has been diagnosed with cancer, look for a veterinarian who is well-versed in treating it or look into alternative therapies. There are treatment methods that might just prolong your pet’s life and those that can make him more comfortable while he’s on the mend. 

Chances are you have seen or read about pets who are terminal and their pet parents are determined to give them the “best year ever.” Those best years typically involve taking the dog on trips -- whether cross-country or daily treks to the beach, woods or a dog park. You don’t need to have a dog or cat who is ill to decide to have the “best year ever” with her. Look at your lifestyle, make a list of items you want to share with your pet and start checking them off. Pack up the car and hit the road. Here’s to you when you #UnleashYourNext adventure. Show us photos of the adventures you and your pets take this year!

GIVING BACK: During National Pet Month, which is May, Zoopar is donating 20% of profits of sales to Freedom Service Dogs of America, an organization that works with shelter dogs to train them to work as service dogs.

Zoopar has an unwavering commitment to pets and their pet parents. “It’s our mission to unleash a sense of adventure and curiosity we share with our four-legged companions,” Zoopar CEO Howard Liu said.

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