Cancer is a disease that impacts most of us directly or indirectly at some point in our lives. However, with the right support and treatment, many are able to overcome the battle with successful cancer remissions. Unfortunately, for our pet family battling cancer, their chances are not as high due to low awareness and availability of treatments that are as advanced as what is available for humans. In fact, cancer accounts for nearly 50 percent of all disease-related pet deaths each year and is the leading cause of death for dogs over the age of 2. Together with veterinary oncologists across the country, CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center has been fighting to change these statistics for over a decade by improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pet animals. In fact, more than 50 percent of pet cancers can be managed or cured, a similar rate to that for humans, with the proper treatment.
CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC) offers the latest and most advanced diagnostics and treatments in surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy to pets that might be in the fight of their lives. In addition, they offer palliative care and end of life care, when needed. They continually improve their work through innovative study of cancer, thoughtful and compassionate care, specialized treatment options and procedures. The FACC’s end goal is to find a cure for cancer through clinical oncology service, clinical trials and advanced clinical and research training for veterinarians. They are starting construction to remodel their existing space in January 2016 and will move into the new space in late 2016. With the support of Big Heart Pet Brands October $20,000 Heart to Paw grant, they will be able to outfit the center with vital equipment needed in order to continue their mission.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the gift from Big Heart Pet Brands! Our team will be expanding from a few separate small rooms totaling just over 2,000 square feet to more than 6,100 square feet of new space. This generous grant will be devoted to purchasing new equipment for the space, including computers and vital medical equipment. More importantly, it will allow our team to better care for patients who see us during nearly 8,000 appointments annually. We can’t thank you enough!” — Christine S. Hardy, DVM, MBA, MPH, Operations and Development, Flint Animal Cancer Center
Big Heart Pet Brands is proud to support BARK and welcome them into our Heart to Paw family!