It’s a startling and sad fact that cancer will affect one out of every four dogs and of those, over half will die from the disease. In fact, cancer is the number one disease-related cause of death in both dogs and cats, according to Morris Animal Foundation, a world leader in advancing veterinary research. To help both dogs and cats live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives, Petco and Blue Buffalo are teaming up this May during Pet Cancer Awareness Month in hopes of raising $1 million for the Petco Foundation to benefit pet cancer research organizations such as the Morris Animal Foundation.
About eighty percent of pet parents know little to nothing about pet cancer symptoms and much like with humans, the cause of cancer in pets is largely unknown. Some experts believe pet obesity is linked to many forms of cancer. One way you can reduce the risk of cancer in your pet is to make sure they maintain a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise.
Last year, Blue Buffalo and Petco were able to raise over $900,000 and have their sights set on raising $1 million this year. For each bag of Blue Buffalo dog or cat food purchased at Petco stores across the country from April 29 to May 26, 2012, one dollar will be donated to pet cancer research organizations. Donations of any amount will also be accepted at Petco registers or online so customers can contribute as much as they like to the cause. Petco is also asking those already touched by pet cancer to share their story or to gain inspiration from pets who have beaten the odds by visiting their Virtual Memorial Wall. To donate or to share a story visit: www.petco.com/pca.
For more information, visit petcancerawareness.org.