Summer is Coming!

Summer is Coming!

Summer is just around the corner and our pets are enjoying the longer days basking in the sun, both indoors and out. As pet parents it is important to educate ourselves about the potential risks to our pets’ health from sun exposure. Just like us, our pets can experience negative effects from sun exposure. They get painful sunburns that scab and peel. And, they can get skin cancer associated with sun exposure including malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. At particular risk are animals that have light skin pigmentation and/or have very short fur, including pets that have been shaved for the summer. Here are some steps that you can take to keep your pet healthy this summer. Routinely check your pet’s skin for abnormalities. When examining your pet pay particular attention to the muzzle, ears, lips, and to the skin around the eyes and nose. Exams on dogs should also include a thorough inspection of the belly and inner thighs. Look for red or black spots / crusts – they can be as small as a pinprick – and scabs / wounds that do not heal. It is a good idea to schedule a monthly reminder to check your pet’s skin and ask your groomer or anyone else involved in your pet’s care to let you know if they notice any suspicious areas. Consider keeping your pet in the house during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). When your pet is outside, ensure that there is a safe, shady spot to rest. Close your blinds to keep cats out of sunbeams during peak sun...
Welcome!

Welcome!

Welcome! We are happy that you have found us in this huge world of the Internet. It is our pleasure to get to reach out to you in a personal way, even if we never meet you. If we could look every pet owner in the eyes who is just learning that their pet has cancer, we would tell you that pet cancer is treatable.  In many cases, your pets can still live out their natural life expectancy even with a diagnosis of cancer. But your pet’s quality of life, not the quantity of their days, is the most important concern. There are so many treatment options now in addition to chemotherapy. Some of the common therapies that we use in addition to or instead of chemotherapy include: both the melanoma and lymphoma vaccines, a variety of therapies that kill cancer by targeting its blood supply (antiangiogenics), and immune system support and stimulation. We also believe that most patients’ quality of life can be improved by modifying their nutrition and adding in specific vitamins and supplements. The American Veterinary Medical Association maintains a database of animal health studies that is worth investigating to see if there is a clinical trial that may help your pet. What we are trying to say is that there are options and with options comes hope. If you are a pet lover who isn’t facing this diagnosis, we are glad you are here too! Prevention of cancer is one of our passions. We want to give you information and action steps to help your pet live as happy and healthy as possible. Please stay tuned and...