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Your Dog Is Always There for You – Now You Can Be There for Them

Any Dog-lover will tell you that dogs aren’t just our ‘best friends’ – they are part of our family. The bond between humans and dogs is powerful and deeply-rooted. We love them deeply and there is nothing we wouldn’t do for them. 

Dogs have an amazing ability to detect illness, too. They are already used to alert and support people with a number of serious health conditions and trials are underway to use them to detect cancer and other diseases. Yet, they can’t tell us when they aren’t well and often, by the time we know something isn’t right, it may be too late. 

The leading cause of death in dogs is cancer* which takes a hold when the conditions are right – when the levels of stress on the canine body are high enough. But we can’t tell if our faithful companion is under the kind of stress that may lead to cancer. 

Until now…

OncoGx16 combines advanced DNA technology with an easy to use at-home measuring device to give you the most accurate early cancer detection available today.

At last, a simple, affordable, non-invasive kit for you to use at home and which gives you results in minutes. Use it when you first notice your dog isn’t quite himself, to check if all is well. Better still, make it part of your regular care regime, making sure they are in top form and getting healthy food. 

Common Signs of Cancer in Dogs

There are numerous common things you can keep an eye for to stay ahead of cancer and other healthy issues.  Some of these signs may be a strong warning sign that your best friend needs help and you should visit your dog’s veterinarian as soon as possible.

Major Changes in Potty

If your dog is constantly asking you to take them out, and/or having a very hard time going to the bathroom outside then that is a sign that something may be wrong and your vet should see them immediately.  Another potty issue may be unusual diarrhea that persists for days.  Keep an eye on the pooh and make sure there is consistency.  As soon as you see any of these things, or discoloration, blood or other unusual substance, those may be an indicator that your pet is in need of medical attention.

Changes to Your Dogs Skin 

Anytime you notice discoloration, bumps or lumps on your pet’s skin then you should have it checked out.  Remember that your best friend won’t tell you if he is feeling a little off or ill so it is important that you remain proactive and get it looked at by a medical professional.  They are your best friend so do what you can to keep them around for a long time.

Nosebleeds

Have you ever seen a dog have a nosebleed?  No, and that’s because they are incredibly rare.  A sign of nose bleeding in a dog tends to be an indicator that something major is happening.  Older dogs are in a much higher risk of having cancerous tissue show up in the nose thus any blood is a strong to seek a veterinary evaluation immediately.  

Rapid Weight Change

One of the strongest indicators of dog cancer is quick weight loss.  This is often an indicator of GI tumor(s), even if the dog’s food consumption remains normal or is elevated, the tumors will cause their weight to drop quite fast.  If you notice that your dog is losing weight at either a slow or fast rate then take them to your vet and have the situation evaluated.  

Check Your Dogs Mouth

Make it a routine to check their mouth and make sure that the gums, teeth, and tongue look fairly healthy.  Keep an eye for lumps, bleeding, or sores forming in their mouth, and be sure to be aware if they are drooling more than normal as that too may be a glandular indicator or something else happening to your pet’s body.  Another oral health warning is their breath odor.   By now you probably know what your doggies’ breath smells like (and we know it is not the most pleasant odor out there), so if you notice a rather odd smell then that too may be an indicator of a potential health issue. 

Like with many dog cancers the earlier you can catch it, the higher your probability of mitigating it is.  We know that this isn’t an easy issue to discuss but it is common in animals and it’s up to us to be vigilant and to love them as much as they love us.  

mixed breed puppy portrait indoors in natural light

Cancer Sniffing Comes Around

Cancer sniffing for your best friend may sound crazy.  But that is exactly what your best friend can do for you! 

With their uncanny olfactory sense, dogs have been shown to be able to detect cancer in humans with astonishing accuracy. Now, with the Canine OncoGx16 Cancer Test, that amazing feat can be reversed, not only to tell if your dog has cancer but also to catch cancer before it can sneak in, enabling you to take prompt action and prevent it ever getting too late.

For the first time in the 30,000-year evolution of this special furry relationship, we can now return the same favor to our dogs with more tended love by sparing them from the suffering of cancer. 

A Canine Cancer Vaccine Clinical Trial is On Its Way

Arizona State University’s Center for Innovations in Medicine is launching a clinical test trial that will test a cancer vaccine on hundreds of U.S. dogs.  “The main focus of this trial is to see if this vaccine can delay or even prevent a wide variety of cancers that older dogs are susceptible to getting,” says Stephen Johnston, Director of the Center for Innovation.

Concordant to many scientific studies and general veterinarian data, cancer is the leading cause of death in healthy adult dogs.  In fact, there are many similarities between human and canine cancer development mainly because we share a very similar environment with our dogs. Typically, the environmental variables such as the air we breathe, water we drink, stressful stimuli we’re exposed to, and chemicals present inside and outside of our homes should exert the same influence on human and canine DNA.  Therefore, we may be able to learn from results of this dog cancer trial, and apply the positive findings toward human cancer prevention and treatment.  

The primary goal of “Vaccination Against Canine Cancer Study” is to see if cancer can be prevented entirely from forming, and if it can’t, then the secondary goal is to see if it can be delayed.  For dog patients that are selected to participate in this study, half of them will be given the vaccine while the other half will be given a placebo as control.    

Vaccine trials take a long time to be thoroughly tested and understood, and if it works as planned, this will be a big step in the right direction.  Obviously, it will take even longer to gather this research information and apply it for human studies.  Regardless, this is another brave new effort in our battle against cancer.