Thursday, November 07, 2013

Hound & Gatos Educates Pet Owners about Cancer Detection and Prevention during National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of pets today. In fact, the Morris Animal Foundation states that 1 in 4 dogs will die of cancer and according to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, cancer accounts for approximately half the deaths of dogs over ten years of age. November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation hopes to increase awareness about the detection and prevention of pet cancer.

“Unfortunately, a high number of pets get sick each year, and a major cause is poor nutrition,” says Will Post, President of Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation. “The majority of pet foods on the shelves are packed with harmful ingredients such as fillers, preservatives and artificial substances. Making sure that what our pet ingests promotes good health, will not only allow their body the ability to fight back against illnesses such as cancer, but perhaps even form a shield of sorts, and lessen the consequences of poor nutrition,” says Post.

In 2005, Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) launched National Pet Cancer Awareness Month due to the staggering increase in pets suffering from cancer. Cancers of the skin, lymph nodes, gastrointestinal tract, blood and bone are the most common.

As always, early detection is critical. Here are a few early warning signs of pet cancer.

  • New Lumps and Bumps. New spots and lumps on your pet do not necessarily mean cancer. Take your pet into your vet to have the spot biopsied to determine if it’s malignant or benign.
  • Change in Appetite. Pets suffering from cancer frequently experience a change in appetite and most commonly, rapidly lose weight. This reaction can be tied to difficulty chewing or swallowing.
  • Depression. A sudden shift in mood is one symptom of cancer. Depression and an unwillingness to be active and exercise are reported as signs of cancer.

“The best possible way to prevent any health problems is to keep your pet healthy from the start, by feeding them a pure meat-based diet, with zero by-products, artificial fillers or plant protein,” says Post. “Making changes to this effect will help your pet live a happier, healthier, and longer life,” he says.

To learn more about Hound & Gatos, including where to buy products, visit their site at: or call your local pet store.

About Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation:

Hound & Gatos Pet Foods Corporation is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Their mission is to provide the public with high quality pet food options for dogs and cats. Their line of pet foods focuses on the highest quality ingredients that provide maximum nutrition and avoid all bi-products and other ingredients that would generally be unnatural in a pet’s diet. For more information on Hound & Gatos visit the site at

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