Meet Piggy: One Pit Bull's Fight Against Cancer

BY | November 12 | COMMENTS PUBLISHED BY

The rising cost of pet healthcare is having a profound effect on pet parents and their ability to care for their animals. Affording proper care for a healthy pet can be difficult enough, and according to our Pet Healthonomics study,ย 

costs increase an average of 53%

when a pet develops a chronic condition or devastating disease like cancer.In honor of

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

, PetCareRx has partnered with the

National Canine Cancer Foundation

to sponsor pets in need with a free subscription toย 

PetPlus

,ย a prescription plan for pets that will help pet parents save up to 75% on their pet's prescriptions.

Meet Our First Sponsored Pet

Piggy is receiving a free subscription to PetPlus
Piggy is receiving a free subscription to PetPlus

Katie, a vet tech from Ashville, North Carolina, knows all too well the struggle to care for an ailing pet.It all started a few years ago when she fell in love with a Pit Bull named Pig. Pig had come to the shelter along with her litter of 9 new-born puppies, struggling to recover from being hit by a car.The passionate staff nursed Pig back to health, and despite a long history of medical issues and large vet bills, Katie knew that she had to take Pig home.A year after the rescue, Katie discovered small bumps covering parts of Pigโ€™s body. A trip to the vet determined that the pooch was fine, and she'd simply developed โ€œold dog bumps.โ€ For the time, Katieโ€™s worries were assuaged.A few months later, Katie started vet tech school. On the first day of her third semester, the class was covering skin diseases and conditions. The moment a photo of

mast cell tumors came onto the screen, Katie knew that Pig's bumps were more than old age.A trip back to the vet and a biopsy later, Pigโ€™s condition was confirmed; she had cancer.Katie was referred to a veterinary oncologist who determined that surgery wasnโ€™t an option for Pig. Instead, she was immediately started on doses of prednisone, famotidine, benadryl, and a chemotherapy drug called chlorambucil, as well as holistic supplements.Katie says, โ€œI have made peace with the fact that I might someday lose my sweet Pig to this horrible cancer, but until then I will do everything in my power to keep her as healthy and happy as possible.โ€We're confident PetPlus will help ease some of the financial burden of Katie and Pig's journey through canine cancer. We look forward to staying in touch with them.

Do you know a pet fighting cancer?

ย and our friends at PetPlus would like to help.ย Please contact [email protected] Tell us about your experience, and include a photo of your pet. You could be given a free PetPlus subscription, and your story could be featured on the

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