Published: 22 February 2017

Can you help animals diagnosed with cancer?

The University of Surrey is doing ground-breaking research into developing new treatments to tackle cancer in cats and dogs - but with your support we could do so much more.

Imagine an elderly woman called Margaret who lives alone. She lost her husband a few years ago, and her family live a few hours’ drive away. Her best friend is Tilly, a seven year old cross-breed dog who keeps her active, and more importantly gives her the companionship, routine and love she needs.

She notices Tilly has been extremely tired and is not eating much, so takes her to the vet who recognises the early signs of canine cancer.

Luckily, the vet referred Tilly to University of Surrey veterinary oncologists working at Fitzpatrick Referrals at its Oncology and Soft Tissue Centre on Surrey Research Park. Through our ground-breaking research we are increasing our understanding of cancers like Tilly’s, and the best course of action to beat them.

Just like in humans, cancer is the leading cause of death in both older dogs and cats. Over 50% of dogs ten years or older will die from cancer, and up to one third of cats. Animal cancers and human cancers share many similarities and so research carried out in one species can potentially impact many others. There is a constant need to improve our options for cancer patients, whether adult, child, cat or dog.

The Veterinary Cancer Research Programme in partnership with veterinary practice Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Centre researches the frequency, causes and outcomes of veterinary cancer to pioneer new avenues of treatment, benefitting our pets’ welfare and increasing their chances of survival.

We are also teaching our vet students and the wider veterinary community about animal cancers so that they can recognise the early signs of cancer in our pets.

As with humans, the earlier we can diagnose cancer and start treatment the better chance our pets have of fighting and surviving this terrible disease.

Not only will this mean that owners like Margaret don’t lose their best, and sometimes only, friend, but that the goal of better understanding cancer in pets is instilled into the next generation of veterinary surgeons.

With your help we can continue to fund our innovative research into treatment for animal cancer. Make your gift today.


Find out more about the Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Centre.

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