Pets bring us immense joy and companionship, making them cherished members of our families. However, just like humans, they too can be affected by cancer. Pet Cancer Awareness Month, observed throughout November, is a reminder of the importance of early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer in our animal companions. Fittingly, it coincides with One Health Day on November 3, which emphasizes the interconnectedness of human and animal health, and the environment we share.
Cancer Can Happen to Pets Too
Cancer is a complex and devastating disease that can affect any breed, age, or species of pet. Just like in humans, pet cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably, forming tumors that can spread to other parts of the body. The most common types of cancer found in dogs include lymphoma, mast cell tumors, and osteosarcoma (bone cancer), while cats are often prone to lymphoma, mammary cancer, and oral cancers.
- Keep Up with Preventive Measures: While not all cancers can be prevented, some risk factors can be mitigated through proper care. Regular veterinary check-ups, a balanced diet, and an active lifestyle can all contribute to reducing the risk of cancer in pets.
- Early Detection Saves Lives: Early detection is crucial in the fight against cancer. By observing your pet’s behavior and seeking veterinary care when you notice unusual symptoms, you can increase the chances of successful treatment. Pet Cancer Awareness Month encourages pet owners to be vigilant and proactive in monitoring their pets’ health.
The Role of One Health in Animal Cancer
The Centers for Disease Control in partnership with the One Health Commission defines One Health as “a collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach – working at local, regional, national, and global levels – to achieve optimal health (and well-being) outcomes recognizing the interconnections between people, animals, plants and their shared environment.” Animal cancer is a prime example of where the One Health approach can be highly beneficial.
Comparative oncology is a field of study that investigates the similarities between cancer in humans and animals. This collaborative approach has led to the development of cancer treatments for both pets and humans, something we at ELIAS Animal Health feel strongly about.
ELIAS Animal Health was founded to apply the progress that has been made in fighting human cancers in the veterinary space, and then share the findings with our human health counterparts. Learn more about our collaborations with human health companies and how the exchange of research supports our collective mission to provide safer, more effective cancer therapies for both humans and pets.
A Healthier Future for All
Pet Cancer Awareness Month is a critical initiative that highlights the importance of early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer in our beloved animal companions. When we look at health more broadly across our world, it’s difficult to deny the connection between all living things. By taking a multi-faceted approach to overall health, we can start building a healthier future for humans, animals and our environment.