There is one word that nobody ever wants to hear from their doctor or their vet.
It strikes fear in the heart of everyone and with good cause. I have been fortunate that none of my pets has suffered from the disease. The same cannot be said for my human friends and relatives. Most of us know someone that has been given the diagnosis of cancer. Due to incredible advances in medicine, a number of cancers are no longer considered a death sentence when detected early. That was not always the case.
I had not really given much thought to the similarities of the disease between people and pets. That changed when I spoke with my friend, Joan DeMartin at the BlogPaws conference. She told me about The Puccini Foundation.
|Linda Cohen Wassong with Puccini |
Photo courtesy of The Puccini Foundation
The Puccini Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit founded by Linda Cohen Wassong. Her Cocker Spaniel, Puccini was diagnosed with melanoma. Linda thought that was a cancer that affected people, not pets. She saw a need to raise the awareness of cancers that can afflict both people and our beloved pets. We share the same environments, are exposed to the same toxins, we share love and companionship as the human-animal bond, and our DNA or genomes are similar. The human genome and canine genome are actually 90% identical. Knowing that, is it any wonder that we have “shared cancers?”
There are many environmental elements that we cannot avoid. However, there is one that can and should be removed from your pet’s life. That is the toxins of second-hand smoke. It is estimated that 30% of pet owners live with a smoker. Studies show that animals face health risks when exposed to cigarette smoke. These include respiratory problems, allergies, nasal, and lung cancer.
Those are all good reasons to quit smoking, but if you still aren’t convinced, consider dog nicotine poisoning. This can be the result of your dog eat cigarette or cigar butts, drinking water with cigarette butts in it, and munching on a nicotine replacement patch or nicotine gum. The toxic level 10 mg/kg of nicotine in dogs is potentially fatal. To put that in perspective, one cigarette contains 15–25 mg. of nicotine and the butt of one contains 4-8 mg. That is scary.
As I stated in my previous post, "Does Your Dog Think That You Stink?" nobody can convince you to stop smoking. It is a personal battle that you must fight as if your life depends on it because it does. Now, you know that your pet’s life might also depend on your decision. Consult your physician or the American Cancer Society on tips to help you kick the habit.
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Today we remember the 9/11 attack on the United States. I was watching Good Morning America as I prepared for work when the first plane struck the Twin Towers. My mother and my brother live in New York City. To say I freaked out is putting it mildly. I was able to contact them before telephone service was lost. They were safe in their apartment. I don’t think their voices have ever sounded sweeter than they did at that moment. Bless New York City and America on the anniversary of this tragedy.
Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?