But October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we start out our DogBlog with three stories about dogs and and their influence in the fight to eradicate cancer.
Dogs (& other pets) help fight breast cancer
Killing cancer with pox
Photo by LB Stauffer
Who would have thought that doctors would ever intentionally infect someone with a disease. But what if the introduction of that disease, in this case a pox called myxoma that only affects rabbits, will kill off a worse disease - namely, cancer? That's just what veterinarian and professor Amy MacNeill has been studying, in dogs, at the University of Illinois. Click on Amy's photo to read about the exciting results of her research, promising for animals and humans alike, as well as the "win-win" for the dogs involved in the study.
Mushrooms as cancer therapy
Packed with vitamins and minerals, lean protein, antioxidants; helpful in keeping cholesterol levels in check; these are just a few of the miraculous traits of the myriad types of edible fungi we call, simply, mushrooms. But it seems one particular variety, the coriolus versicolor or Yunzhi mushroom, can extend the lives of dogs with a rare but aggressive cancer called hemangiosarcoma. Click the image to read the full story.