National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day is an important day for any dog owner out there. November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day is a day to observe your dog, learn more about canine lymphoma, and educate others.
What is National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day?
This day was founded by a dog trainer named Terry Simons, who went on to create CLEAR, an organization dedicated to researching treatment for canine lymphoma. It’s a day to raise awareness for lymphoma in dogs, and the fact that it isn’t unusual.
Lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancer in both dogs and humans. It can spread to several areas. It can affect a dog’s bone marrow which can then lead to other blood issues, the spleen, and the liver. Lymphoma in dogs refers to a collection of approximately 30 distinct malignancies that start in the lymphocytes, which are one of the three types of white blood cells that combat infection.
Lymphoma in dogs looks biologically similar to non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas in humans when looked at under a microscope and is treated similarly- with chemotherapy.
How It Started
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day was founded by a name named Terry Simons. Terry was a dog agility trainer who was very well respected and well known in the specific field of dog training.
Terry was unfortunate enough to get the horrible news that his dog was diagnosed with lymphoma. As soon as he got the news, he went straight to work researching how he could make his dog more comfortable and what he could do to help her.
Reveille, his beloved dog, was able to respond favorably to many therapies. Terry and Reveille were able to compete in agility competitions after her diagnosis and go on to win and beat her personal best.
Terry did have to eventually say goodbye to Reveille, but it made it a bit easier for him knowing that he did so much research for her and helped her live the rest of her dog years with the most comfort he could provide.
Terry founded an organization for bringing awareness to canine cancer called CLEAR which stands for Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research.
How can you take part in National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day?
You can take part in National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day on November 7th by:
- Using hashtags to bring awareness or post about your own canine lymphoma story
- Bring your dog for their annual vet visit
- Raise awareness about Canine Lymphoma and educate others
- Support CLEAR and other Canine cancer charities
You can use the hashtag #CanineLymphomaAwarenessDay and visit the official clear canine cancer Instagram page.
By using this hashtag you are letting other people know that you are trying to bring awareness to a specific cause. You can also tag the CLEAR Instagram page so that others can go check them out as well.
By bringing your dog to their annual vet visit, you are giving them the best chance at catching anything serious like lymphoma early. Life can get busy and sometimes appointments get pushed back, so let November 7th National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day be your annual reminder.
You can also check out the CLEAR official website to learn more about canine lymphoma and how to detect it. By educating yourself, you can then educate other dog owners and hopefully catch any lymphoma early.
5 ways to use National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day to promote your pet business
1) Use the day to remind your customers to take their dog in for their annual vet check-up. Or some tips on checking your furry companions for any abnormal symptoms that could lead to something more serious (infographics are a great way to educate in a way that is easily sharable, make sure to put your logo and domain name on it)
2) Share other people’s inspirational stories about canine lymphoma on social media and tag CLEAR (Canine Lymphoma Education Awareness and Research). “Tell us about your experience with canine lymphoma) even just putting up a post that allows people to interact with each other about the subject on a moderate platform can be really helpful for other dog owners going through a difficult time.
3) Educate others about canine lymphoma, through videos and infographics. Interactive posts or quizzes ( How much do you know about canine lymphoma?) are a great way to increase interaction across social media platforms.
4) You can share with your followers that you have special offers just for National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day, or that you’re going to donate a percentage of your sales this day to a relevant pet charity.
5) Add a donate button on your website towards finding a cure for canine lymphoma or helping to provide care for less fortunate dogs.
National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day is an opportunity to educate others about canine lymphoma, and the best ways to detect it early. It also provides a great time for dog owners who are struggling with their furry companion’s diagnosis of this disease to let out some emotions or ask questions. The more information people have about canine cancer, the better equipped they’ll be when faced with these difficult decisions. You can use National Canine Lymphoma Awareness day as your yearly reminder that you should take your pet in for their annual vet appointment.
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