Although we tend to think of viruses causing diseases like the flu or common cold, it’s becoming increasingly clear that viruses have strong links to certain cancers, both in people and animals. Nowhere is this more obvious than in cats, where cancer-causing viruses have been recognized for decades.
Cancer is found in diverse animal species, from mice to sharks. Horses are no exception. They share many of the same cancers seen in other animals as well as people; cancers which can be devastating for horses and their owners.
“Bad behavior” is the biggest reason that pets are relinquished. Sadly many dogs don’t even realize their behavior is inappropriate. According to David Haworth, DVM, PhD, and president and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation, dogs thrive on having limits.
As pack animals, dogs need a lot of structure—and as the owner, you need to provide it. You need to be aware of (and decide for yourself) what normal canine behavior is and what behavior is unacceptable.
In 1993, Lori Haberman-Wilson and her husband, Chris, said goodbye to their beloved dog, Giovanni, a lovable mixed breed who had osteosarcoma, or bone cancer, a disease that has claimed the lives of thousands of canine companions. Looking back, Lori says although it wasn’t a happy event in her life, it was undoubtedly one of the important ones.