Dr Rod Straw, founder of the AACF, says it is important to bring much needed attention to the prevalence of cancer in small animals.
“At Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre, we treat hundreds of animals with cancer each year and with the help of The Foundation, we can learn how to better manage and even cure cancer in pets, which translates directly to benefit people,” Dr Straw said.
Duke had his leg amputated and underwent surgery and chemotherapy to remove his cancer. Unfortunately, the cancer was too aggressive and soon returned as a mass in his abdomen.
Duke’s mum, Brooke, says she wants other dog owners to know what warning signs to look for and be vigilant in recognising them, after Duke was initially misdiagnosed from an occurring limp.
“It doesn’t matter what age or breed your dog is, cancer doesn’t discriminate. It can also metastasize at a much faster rate in dogs than humans,” Brooke said.
In humans, cancer kills 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men. The incidence is almost equal in dogs, killing 50% of dogs over the age of 10 and 33% of those under.
Duke’s parents intend for the event to continue to be an annual occurrence, providing long term support to the AACF and cancer research in animals and humans alike.