Posts Tagged ‘Merial’

Cancer in Pets and People – Can the Similarities Provide a Cure?

Monday, June 28th, 2010

All of our lives have been affected by a family member, friend, or co-worker that has been diagnosed with Cancer. When it comes to the dreaded diagnosis of cancer – we all dream of an eventual cure. Believe it or not, thanks to our canine friends, that dream may not be too far away!

Finding a cure for cancer is one of science’s most challenging and elusive goals. But beyond defeating this pervasive killer, another important element is to find a way to prevent this disease from ever occurring again! Enter man’s best friend. Thanks to our pets, and the fascinating work of a new breed of scientist, the comparative oncologist, some of the pieces of this complex puzzle are coming together.

The statistics about cancer in our pets are surprising. Estimates from the Morris Animal Foundation state that fifty percent of dogs will develop a cancer at some point in their lifetimes and half of those will die from the disease. This week, I had to deliver this news to a few clients. For some breeds, the odds are much worse! Sixty percent of Golden Retrievers are said to die from cancer.


Lyme Disease Takes Flight!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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