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  • How to know when it's time to put down your old dog

    from We Are The Cure Blog | Canine Cancer Information

    Wednesday January 28th, 2015 at 09:30 AM


    Last October we put down Dylan, our almost 13-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever (and the best brown dog in the world). About a year earlier I wrote a post about finally acknowledging that he wouldnt be around much longer because he stopped running upstairs to the kitchen when he heard me making a meal (or doing anything with food).

    Being a soft touch, I always dropped something I was making on the floor for him, but when he began to stay on the couch in basement instead of coming upstairs...

  • Family brings stray dog home, learns she has cancer

    from We Are The Cure Blog | Canine Cancer Information

    Tuesday January 27th, 2015 at 10:59 AM


    The Lockharts werent looking to adopt a dog, but one day they realized a dog had adopted them.

    The family of six now splits their time between Mesa and Alaska, but for two months, they lived in South America.

    The day after Hilary and Zack Lockhart and their four daughters arrived in the small town of San Clemente in Ecuador, a pack of stray dogs wandered over to their condo. One of the dogs was Aspin.

    She didnt leave our doorstep since day one, said 10-year-old McKayla Lockhart. She slept on our...

  • Pet owner takes dog on bucket list adventure after terminal cancer diagnosis

    from We Are The Cure Blog | Canine Cancer Information

    Monday January 26th, 2015 at 09:08 AM


    Lauren Fern Watt and her mastiff, Gizelle, are the best of friends. Theyve gone through major life experiences together, and are always there to show one another support. When Gizelle was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, Lauren was determined to stay strong and go on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend. Together the duo came up with a bucket list to complete in the last few months of Gizelles life, and it was epic!

    It was my mission for us to indulge and explore lifes joys,...

  • Healthy dog food will never have these 5 ingredients

    from We Are The Cure Blog | Canine Cancer Information

    Saturday January 24th, 2015 at 09:34 AM


    Dog food manufacturers are expected to meet certain quality and labeling standards and the Association of American Feed Control Officials assists with this. However, many of the cheaper brands only meet the minimum standard of healthy dog food and may actually contain unhealthy ingredients. While they will keep a dog alive, they will not necessarily help the dog thrive.

    While a dog will eat just about anything, owners should take the time to read pet food labels, be able to recognize quality...

  • On Losing a Dog

    from We Are The Cure Blog | Canine Cancer Information

    Thursday January 22nd, 2015 at 08:16 AM


    In his grief over the loss of a dog, a little boy stands for the first time on tiptoe, peering into the rueful morrow of manhood. After this most inconsolable of sorrows there is nothing life can do to him that he will not be able somehow to bear. - James Thurber

    In July of 2004, my brother James held Dutch, his German Shorthaired Pointer, for the first time. On November 20, 2014 James held Dutch for the last time. After 10 incredible years Dutch succumbed to the ravaging effects of...

  • Working toward nonsurgical pet sterilization

    from We Are The Cure Blog | Canine Cancer Information

    Wednesday January 21st, 2015 at 08:05 AM


    Harvard bioengineer David Mooney spends lots of time thinking about novel ways to fight cancer. An implantable device he developed that activates the immune system to shrink tumors is now being tested at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in patients with melanoma.

    Which is why it might seem surprising, at first, to hear Mooney talk about his latest project: creating a swift, simple vaccine that will help save the lives of stray cats and dogs, not cancer patients. Mooney recently received a...

  • Dog Obesity and Fat Dogs - A Growing Health Problem

    from We Are The Cure Blog | Canine Cancer Information

    Monday January 19th, 2015 at 08:07 AM


    Dog obesity is one of the fastest growing health problems for dogs today. In this article well discuss the ideal weight for your dog, how to prevent dog obesity through diet and exercise, and what to do if all else fails.

    The Dog Obesity Issue

    According to the CDC approximately one-third of adults in the United States are obese and the trend towards obesity appears to be worsening. Veterinarians are noticing a corresponding increase in the prevalence of dog obesity. Just as in people, obesity...

  • Mammary Cancer: Mia's Story

    from We Are The Cure Blog | Canine Cancer Information

    Sunday January 18th, 2015 at 07:49 AM


    Mia is an 8.5 years old Irish Wolfhound. When she was about 7.5, her mom found a small, pea-sized nodule on her belly. Senior dogs do get the odd lump or bump. It was small so she wasnt overly worried. Particularly because the nodule wasnt growing or changing.

    Irish Wolfhounds are magnificent creatures: gentle giants of the dog world. Sadly, like many large breeds of dogs, they have a relatively short life span, with many of the breed reaching the end of their lives by seven to ten years of...

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