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Tue, Dec 1 | By Haley Finnegan | 58

Veterinary Pet Insurance held their third annual walk for pet cancer awareness in Long Beach, California on November 14th. The event drew in a crowd of over 300 people. With the money they raised at this walk and the previous walk in Brooklyn, NY VP… more ›

VPI's K9K Earns $14K for Animal Cancer Foundation
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di
4 years ago

this is an alarming health issue in animals, and I am glad someone is doing so much to help with the cause.
it would be great if this was a national event held across the nation on a single day. think of what that could raise.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i think anyone who helps to earn money to help cancer research is a hero

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SISSI V.
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SISSI V.
4 years ago

Are we killing our pets?
Three years ago I lost both my 12 year old cat and my 10 year old dog to cancer. I had no warning, happened overnight for my cat. After $1300 worth of diagnostics, they gave me no hope. My dog, also with no prior signs, was diagnossed three months later, and was also found to be beyond help. Both had cancer of the upper spine. Although it is three years ago, I cannot let it go, and keep thinking did I kill my pets with the Frontline? Afterall, same main ingredient than they use to kill termites and other pests, some articles do state it causes cancer. Yet, every Vet recommends it!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

it is human nature to blame ourselves. but you are not to blame you were doing what you should have done.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

That's really scary. It's a really good product, but is it worth it if the side effects are so severe?

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Tessa
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Tessa
4 years ago

November being "pet cancer awareness month" has a special irony for me ,since Raviynn was diagnosed with cancer last month. I don't think anyone is ever financially prepared for their pet to have cancer....perhaps they need to concentrate on making the treatment more affordable with better success rates.

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
4 years ago

My cat that I had for 12 years died of cancer. It is sad and it was over a $1,000 for the first set of treatments. He lived for about six more months and then the vet wanted to do more surgery and I just didn´t want to put him through it so we put him to sleep. It was very sad.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

again as i have said several times here that these people are a blessing

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Thank you VPI.......good job.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I agree. I sure hope they can find a cure some day soon.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i don't mind no new news so much with this one. i could say wonderful forever

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

Wonderful! I'm glad to see that more people are becoming aware that not only humans can get cancer.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

denise is sure is wonderful that people have opened their eyes

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I agree, Denise. Cancer has affected so many of our pets.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

Early cancer pioneers such as Dr. Frederick R. Caulkins and Dr. William B. Coley developed early cancer treatents during the late 1800's but dtimulating the body's own immune systems by causing the patient to have a fever and a rash from such bacterial microorganisms as Strep pyogenes and Serratia marcescens. The immune systme would also target cancer cells and kill them. These early pioneers of cancer research had an 80% survival rate with patients diagnosed with poor prognosis cancers.
It would be wonderful if today's therapies for cancer treatment were as successful. Perhaps researchers need to take a better look at what pioneer cancer researchers accomplished.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

Sorry a few typos. That first sentence is supposed to read:
Early pioneers such as Dr. Frederick R. Caulkins and Dr. William B. Coley developed early cancer treatments during the late 1800's by stimulating the body's own immune system by causing the patients to have a fever and a rsh from such microorganisms as Strep pyogenes and Serratia marcescens.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

this is one time that i agreee with experimenting on animals. this is to help them not put makeup on our faces

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Wow- I didn't know there were such successful cancer treatments back in the 1800's. It would be great to use their knowledge and build on it.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

I didn't realize it either, Linda. I was amazed when I got this information from the medical library at work. I hope they do some more research on Caulkin's work. It certainly makes good sense.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Thanks Peggy. That's fantastic information.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

Very interesting. I read somewhere recently that "if it was good enough for Grandma, it's good enough for us" and I tend to agree. Not all newer treatments are that effective.

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Debra B.
4 years ago

$14K is a huge amount of money to raise with only 2 events. However, research doesn't come cheap, but any contribution is welcome to help with the study of cancer in pets. When I see VPI, I think of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. in Blacksburg, but they go by Virginia Tech now. They have a vet school, maybe VPI can see about helping out DVM researchers at Va Tech? VPI donates to VPI? Would get people wondering and reading.

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
4 years ago

I'm impressed. I know Christopher Reeves was trying through his foundation to get insurance companies to contribute to research so the dogs have beat us to it. Way to go! K9 pet insurance, you RULE!

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Thanks Lisa, I wasn't aware of that.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

that is good that the dogs beat us to it. unless of course the are experimenting on them. my wish for christmas is a cure for all living things

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

BRAVO VPI!!!

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

This is great that they are having these events. Combing fundraising, education and awareness of cancer in our pets is a good thing.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

AND I'm very pleased with my VPI coverage Rose.

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

This is great! Thanks to everyone who helped out.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

education is the root of it all.

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
4 years ago

yes indeed !

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Excellent point Daryl and that can't be stressed enough.

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
4 years ago

Awesome to see pet fundraisers like this. Glad the walk was successful. Our local shelter does many similar fundraisers. We jut haven't earned that amount of money yet.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

it is a wonderful idea and i am so glad to see more and more of them all around the county

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

With NY and CA bringing this news to the forefront, maybe more states will pick up on it. It's a good cause, and an opportunity for a lot of us to get involved in for the good of furkids.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

I agree, Momba.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

I second that.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

momba anything that brings attention to this problem is a good thing and if only one good thing came out of michael vick being caught it was bringing it to more peoples attn of what an absolutly disgusting problem that that is. but i guess even though they tie it is a different problem

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

So true, Daryl, so true.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

This fund-raising technique will probably start expanding across the U.S. and we should be seeing more involvement. $14,000 is a lot of money, but not when it comes to research, so much more needs to be raised.

I was most surprised to hear that VPI has been in business for 28 years. Maybe I've just lost track of time, but I really don't think I've heard much, if anything, about the availability of pet insurance until maybe 10+ years ago. Like most "new" ideas, it may have been rather slow to "catch on", but it seems like pet insurance has been promoted mostly within the past 5 years or so.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

wouldn't it be wonderful if the researchers themselves could donate some of their research time

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

We have VPI and LOVE the company.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

They come to your house and visit? Do you hide your sandals???

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

I really need to start posting sandals again !!!

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
4 years ago

LOL u are way too funny !

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

28 years is a long time to be in the pet insurance business. My vet suggested that I get pet insurance for 8 cats, though, the monthly premiums might be more than any claims that I submit for a year as long as they cats are relatively young and healthy. In my area, I don't even know if there is a vet that does cancer therapy.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

It would be great to see this expand to more places to more money would be raised.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

Two thumbs up to them!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i wish i had more thumbs to give up

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