Mya’s Fund: A Special Dog’s Fight with Osteosarcoma

All pets are special, of course. But once in a while, a pet comes along that is truly special in our lives, and in fact, changes our lives forever. For clients Kahla and Carl Ennis, Mya was that dog. You may know that they have set up a special fund in her memory through our Veterinary Comparative Research Foundation. Mya’s Fund is designed to assist owners who cannot financially afford to provide cancer treatment for their dogs.

A German Shorthaired Pointer, Ch. Shomberg’s One Hot Number SH (a.k.a. Mya), was an excellent representative of her breed, as well as a wonderful companion dog. She easily achieved her confirmation title along with her Junior and Senior hunt titles. She loved being outdoors, relishing the field and vacationing in South Dakota while hunting the open fields for wild pheasant.

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When the Going Gets Tough: Explaining Pet Cancer to Kids

cancer in petsFinding out their pet has cancer is something that no pet owner wants to hear. Having to deliver this message to a child adds another layer of complexity to an already overwhelming experience.

Explaining pet cancer to kids can be tricky. The child’s age, cognitive ability, and connection to the family pet will all play a role. At Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center, we’re here to help you navigate this challenging situation.

Setting the Stage

When it comes to discussing your pet’s cancer with younger members of the family, it’s important to consider the emotional and cognitive development of the children involved. Use simple, concise, age-appropriate words to help them understand that your pet is ill. Younger children may need reassurance that a pet’s illness is not their fault; older kids may want to learn more about cancer or find ways they can help. Continue…