An Early Detection Test for Cancer: Dogs Today, Cats Tomorrow, Soon Us?

Charles during a visit to the vet.

Charles at the local veterinary clinic. No cancer today. Photo by Kari Kenefick.

In statistics from 2009, the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association states that 39% of US households include at least one dog, for a total of 77.5 million “owned” dogs (1).

An estimated 50% of those owning dogs say that their dog is considered a family member. (As for the other 50%…can you say “denial”?). Many of us grew up with dogs that joined us in family activities such as camping trips and visits to relatives. One of my family dogs was better traveled than many of the kids with whom I went to college. Continue reading