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May is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3:11 pm | Updated: 11:47 am, Tue May 29, 2012.

It’s a startling and sad fact that cancer will affect one out of every four dogs and of those, more than half will die from the disease. In fact, cancer is the No. 1 disease-related cause of death in both dogs and cats, according to Morris Animal Foundation, a world leader in advancing veterinary research.

To help both dogs and cats live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives, PETCO and Blue Buffalo are teaming up this month in hopes of raising $1 million for the PETCO Foundation to benefit pet cancer research organizations such as the Morris Animal Foundation.

About 80 percent of pet parents know little to nothing about pet cancer symptoms and much like with humans, the cause of cancer in pets is largely unknown. Some experts believe pet obesity is linked to many forms of cancer. One way pet parents can reduce the risk of cancer in their pet is to make sure they maintain a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise.

Last year, they were able to raise over $900,000 and have their sights set on raising $1 million this year. For each bag of Blue Buffalo dog or cat food purchased at PETCO stores across the country from now until May 26 $1 will be donated to pet cancer research organizations. Donations of any amount will also be accepted at PETCO registers or online. To donate, visit www.petco.com/pca.

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