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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

New Cancer Research Benefits Pets and their People

Scientists are now developing a registry for pets, especially dogs, with various forms of cancer that will link them with research studies on that type of cancer. The thought is that by treating pets with the experimental drugs and/or treatments we will come up with new treatments sooner. Note that the safety of these drugs/treatments will still go through rigorous safety studies in research mice before they reach the stage where they are used in pets. Dog and cat responses are much closer to those of humans so researchers believe this to be a more accurate way to develop treatments for use in humans and their pets. Read more about this idea here.

What do you think of this idea? Do you think it will be beneficial? Would you be willing to participate if your pet needed a new drug or treatment for cancer? I'd like to hear what you think.

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