May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Our pets have become full-fledged family members of our households. Are you aware that there are more households with pets (43 million!) than with children? We pamper them with days at the spa, take them on vacations and include them in family pictures. And, like full family members, we grieve for them when they get sick and must be put to sleep — my family is still heart broken over the death of our dachshund Lucy from cancer two years ago.

Yes, dogs get cancer. About one in three dogs die from cancer, a rate remarkably similar to their human family members, and after 10 years of age, cancer kills 50% of dogs. To help raise awareness and provide information on the different types of cancer and care for pets with cancer, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has designated May “Pet Cancer Awareness Month.” For the rest of this article, please visit CultureMap.


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  1. Sari October 21, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    You know, it’s funny, but I don’t think the Constitution gives us a right to breathe air whtiout chemical toxins in it, and it doesn’t guarantee us the right to drink water that’s uncontaminated with lead.I don’t think it guarantees anyone the right to either an education or health care, either.But whtiout breathable air, drinkable water, and education and health care, life for millions of Americans will become Hell.I think the Preamble to the US Constitution, with its remarks about promoting the general welfare, does envision the US government taking many different steps to advance well, the welfare of the American people. I think it’s Constitutionally legal, within the letter of the law, and it’s within the spirit behind the Constitution for the government to promote clear water, clean air, an educated public and affordable health care because whtiout all these things, the general welfare goes down the toilet.So I agree with you that these good things these things that are almost essential to life, and to a civilized society are not necessarily natural rights. But I don’t care. I think we as a society should be promoting them anyway, and that the US government should be playing a big role in that effort. As for violence the threat of violence uh, how do you think the American Revolution was won?How do you think the United States expanded from being a relatively small nation consisting of just 13 states along the Atlantic seaboard, to being a huge nation of 50 states stretching from the Rio Grande to the Canadian border, and from Plymouth Rock to Hawaii?How do you think the slaves were freed and the Union was preserved in the 1860s?How do you imagine that several hundred million white Causians, by the year 2000, ended up owning and controlling millions of acres of real estate that just 500 years ago was the exclusive domain of the Native American tribes?I’ve read Ayn Rand on the supposed virtue of selfishness so long as the selfishness is never accompanied by force or the threat of force.But throughout history, how many successful societies can you name that weren’t established, preserved extend through force or the threat of force?England? France? The USA? Germany? Japan? The Netherlands? Italy? Russia? China? Where in the world do you see anybody owning enjoying the use of private property or natural resources, where there’s no prior history of force the threat of force? Was this answer helpful?

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