Today is June 8th and you know what that means, yes today is #Check8on8 ! Check the 8 on 8 is a simple reminder to check your female dogs teats for any abnormal growths that could lead to mammary cancer.
So why should you be worried about breast cancer in dogs? Simply put, the statistics. So lets start out with looking at our own statics as women. According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that about 231,840 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, along with 60,290 cases of carcinoma in sito (the earliest form of breast cancer). Of these, approximately 40,290 women will die from breast cancer this year. These statistics are crazy and absolutely scary.
What is even scarier is the fact that approximately 3 times as many dogs will be diagnosed with mammary tumors. And approximately 45-50% of those cases will be malignant.
What You Can Do
- If you have a female dog, make sure she is spayed. Not only does this help reduce the chances of mammary tumors, but also helps control the pet population.
- Be sure your dog has annual check ups with a regular Canine Preventative Care program.
- Check the 8 on 8 – conduct monthly dog breast exams! Join us every month on the 8th take a couple of minutes to check your female dog’s teats. By becoming familiar with your dogs body and you will be able to quickly identify something that is abnormal. This can be a perfect time for a massage and relaxation session for both you and your dog!
How You Can Help Out!
- Spread the word on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram! Be sure to use the hashtag #Check8on8 .
- Join us along with Pawesome Cats and Dogthusiast in our monthly Check the 8 on 8 blog hop!
- Grab our badge and show your support!