Can researching Cancer in Dogs Help People with Cancer?

This is something I am involved in and it makes a great response to today’s Daily Post. I own a boxer, he is a wonderful dog, and loyal just as the breed is known to be.

Boxers are also known as the number one cancer dog. Every time I take Chico to the vet for a lump or unusual growth, I am met by the words, he is a boxer, we have to take it off. Luckily, I have had the ability to do this. However, there could always be something going on inside that I can’t see.

Chico after having a cyst removed from his paw.
Chico after having a cyst removed from his paw.

This was shown to be true when I took him for a cough. The vet x-rayed his chest and found that he has an enlarged heart.

This is not why I am writing today, we have had a few dogs have cancer and have to be helped to the Rainbow Bridge. I will save those stories for another blog.



Now there is a group called Two Million Dogs. The story of how the group started is amazing:

The story of 2 Million Dogs began with a man and his two dogs who embarked on a walk from Austin, TX to Boston, MA inspired by the loss of his Great Pyrenees to cancer. Some of you have heard the story of Hudson, Murphy, and Luke Robinson.

They walked from town to town sharing Malcolm’s story and educating people about cancer in dogs and as they built a nationwide grassroots movement, Mr. Robinson had a vision: 2,000,000 dogs walking simultaneously all across the United States for cancer. If 2 dogs could walk over 2,000 miles surely it was possible!

I have been involved in two walks in Sherman, Texas. Last years walk was enormous. Puppy Up Texoma raised over $20,000! WOW! Now what does this money go toward?

This money goes back to Two Million Dogs and they are working on raising awareness for cancer in dogs and comparative oncology.

Being next to us almost everywhere we are, dogs are exposed to the same chemicals and objects we are. It stands to reason (and it’s true) that they get many of the same  cancers we do.

I will post more about Comparative oncology and Two Million Dogs’ efforts later.


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