November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and if you’ve been following my blogs and Facebook page, you have learned that I am extremely passionate about pet health and started Iconic Paws entirely to help dogs live healthier lives. You have also learned that if there is a way to help, I will be there doing everything in my power to do just that.
According to statistics from the Truth About Pet Cancer, there are 65 million dogs in the United States. Of those 65 million dogs, there are 6 million new cancer diagnoses in dogs every year. Half of the dogs over the age of 10 will die from cancer. I am not ok with this.
Managing the health of a dog who has been diagnosed with cancer is emotional, confusing, and can be extremely expensive. Just like in human diagnoses, dog owners must decide if they will pursue treatment and what kind. Will they look for clinical studies, traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, or seek out holistic veterinarians for more natural options? Would your dog want you to put them through the side effects of treatment? Figuring out what your dog’s quality of life is like and what path he or she would like you to pursue is made more difficult by the fact that they cannot speak English and not all owners know the signs to look for to determine if their pet is in pain.
Fortunately for dog owners whose dogs have been diagnosed with cancer, there are resources like FETCH a Cure, which is a 501(c)3 that is located right here in Virginia. FETCH a Cure was founded by dog owner Mike Holland after his own dog Hannah was diagnosed with nasal osteosarcoma. Originally, Hannah was given two months to live by veterinarians, but according to the FETCH a Cure website, “Hannah fought against the odds and lost her battle two years later. Her spirit lives on in the mission of FETCH.”
FETCH a Cure offers a variety of services for dog owners. They have one of the most robust resources for pet parents that I have ever seen, with extensive information on clinical trials, facts and glossary terms, Frequently Asked Questions, financial resources, nutrition, and many other topics. They also offer financial assistance to dog owners who are not able to afford the cost of treatment through their Companions in Crisis program. Additionally, they support research to find cures for the types of cancer that affect pets and work to promote adoption efforts of shelter dogs.
I am so full of gratitude for the life-changing work that FETCH a Cure is doing that Iconic Paws is sponsoring a fundraiser on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at Wine & Design in Alexandria, Virginia, to raise funds to help this organization continue to help dogs and their humans. This is going to be a fun afternoon in which we will learn to paint this beautiful painting called Puppy Love. I think this is also going to be a perfect Sunday afternoon escape to slow down enjoy time with friends and fellow pet owners and do something relaxing and for a great cause. Plus you can embrace your inner artist and take home your own painting.
Tickets are $45, with 25% of the proceeds going to FETCH a Cure. Enjoy two glasses of wine or one beer or non-alcoholic soft drinks. You are welcome to bring your own snacks, although please do not bring your own alcoholic beverages. You may purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/2RGhyk0 using event code 1202. I hope to see you there so that we can paint together and support this important organization. If you do not live in the Alexandria area, you can also donate directly to FETCH a Cure at this link: https://fetchacure.org/donate/annual-fund.