National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day:
Celebrated on 7th November annually, the National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day is observed to educate and create awareness about Lymphoma in canines. CLEAR and many other canine supporting organizations spread awareness about the various treatments and options available for treatment and care for your canine.
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Why National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day:
Lymphoma is common cancer found in our canine friends. Having resources and support available when our canines are suffering from Lymphoma is a great way to show our love for dogs! Thus on November 7th, awareness is raised to be vigilant and check on our dogs regularly so that we get an edge before the problem becomes big.
The day was founded by Dog Trainer Terry Simons, whose dog Reveille had to battle Lymphoma. Simons was terrified with the news of Reveille being diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and started looking for information to keep his Dog friend alive. He understood how important it is to get accurate information on various options and treatments!. Simons further went on to consult professionals in the field for help in choosing the best option for Reveille.
With the ongoing treatment, Reveille not only competed in the dog agility test but also went on to attain the best agility year of her career. However, Terry Simons could not keep her much longer.
Simons used the grief of losing his canine friend to set up a foundation called CLEAR – Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research). CLEAR was dedicated to providing information, research, and resources on this devastating cancer.
In 2015, Simons founded the National Canine Lymphoma day to spread awareness about canine Lymphoma. Through their research, they are looking for a cure and through education, they are empowering dog owners.
How can we Observe National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day?
- Learn about Canine Lymphoma
Observe this day by learning more about Lymphoma in canines. You may also share the information with your friends and family to spread awareness! Talk your mind on social media by writing relevant blogs and making Vlogs using hashtags #NationalCanineLymphomaAwarenessDay #CanineLymphomaAwarenessDay
- Raise funds or donate for research
You can come up with various fun activities to raise funds and donate part of the contributions for research and NGOs working for the cause. You can invite pet owners for a fun activity with their pets, set up information counter, etc
- Contribute your findings
If you are a professional, contribute your findings or you could think about finding solutions for better treatment paths. You may also contribute by signing up as a volunteer for the cause
- Book an appointment with the Vet
The perfect way to cherish the day is by having the assurance that your pet is healthy! So make that trip to the Vet today and regularly henceforth!
- Adopt a dog
Many dogs are uncared for and suffer from various ailments. If you can afford to own a pet and take care of it, adopt a furry friend. Dogs are a great companion and have positive effects on your emotional health.
Interesting facts about National Canine Lymphoma Day:
Let’s see about Canine Lymphoma,
- Canine Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers occurring in canines
- Canine lymphoma accounts for 85% of blood-based tumors and 7 to 24 % of all canine tumors.
- The 4 main types of cancer found in dogs are multicentric Lymphoma, extragonadal Lymphoma, alimentary Lymphoma, and mediastinal Lymphoma.
- Lymphoma generally affects the bone marrow, spleen, and the Lymph nodes that are vital in supporting the canine’s immune system!
- Multicentric Lymphoma accounts for 80% of all the cancer cases and thus is the most common form
- Research shows that canine lymphoma causes are unknown but are most likely influenced by genetic and environmental factors.
- Canine Lymphoma is more common to occur in dogs aged 6 and above. However, the chances of occurrence in young dogs cannot be denied.
- Studies show that the sex of the dog doesn’t seem to be a factor in causing canine Lymphoma.
- The swollen lymph nodes in the dog’s neck, behind the knees and chest, are the noticeable symptoms of Lymphoma
- The first FDA conditionally approved drug to treat Lymphoma in canines in the TANOVEA- CA1 with a 45% complete response and 77% overall response.
History of National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day:
Terry Simons is seen to be the man behind founding the National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day in 2015. There is not much information available for choosing November 7th as the date observes the awareness of cancer in canines. There are presidential claims on accepting this as an official National holiday.