Police Dog with Canine Lymphoma Saved by Community

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Finding out your furry friend has cancer can be very scary and confusing, but it's important to know that you're never alone in handling the disease.A police officer in Sebastopol, California, recently found that out when his partner was diagnosed with canine lymphoma.

Community comes together for canine

ABC 7 News reported that 7-year-old Frank, a K9 officer at the Sebastopol Police Department, has been

showered with charitable donations from strangers

who want to help save his life. Sgt. Nick Belliveau, Frank's handler, noticed that the pooch had started limping and took him to the veterinarian for a check-up.

The German Shepherd was diagnosed with canine lymphoma, a form of cancer. According to Belliveau, Frank is a member of his family and he wants to do everything he can to save the dog's life. While the city has offered to cover some of the $10,000 cost for treatment, the officer needs to come up with the remaining funds. Frank will have just two months to live without surgery.Belliveau turned to the residents of Sebastopol for help,

starting a page on GoFundMe.com

to help raise the money needed for the treatments. The story was first reported at 4 p.m. by ABC 7 - two hours later, people had donated more than $6,000 toward Frank's fund. Surprisingly, one donation was worth $2,500, and the fundraiser has already passed its $10,000 goal and remains open to contributors.Frank is lucky to have such a loving partner by his side to ensure that he receives the best care possible. Caring for a pet with cancer is challenging, but there are steps owners can take to support their furry friends throughout this tough disease.

Managing pet cancer in your home

A cancer diagnosis should never be taken lightly, but it doesn't have to spark immediate panic in pet parents. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggested owners

seek out second opinions from different veterinarians

, as each might have their own views and opinions on the disease.Cancer is multifactorial, meaning that there's no known single cause. However, research has shown that hereditary and environmental factors can play a part in the development of malignancies in dogs.Depending on the type of cancer, treatment options can vary for every pooch. The most common interventions include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, but sometimes doctors will use a combination of therapies to combat more aggressive cancers. Successful treatment usually depends on the form and extent of the growths, and the strength of the therapy.The ASPCA explained that early detection is the most effective preventive measure for cancer. Make sure you take Fido for annual check-ups with their veterinarian to stay on top of any potential lumps or growths that could be dangerous.Signing up for

PetPlus

allows owners to purchase affordable

pet meds

and supplements that can boost immune systems and keep dogs healthy into their senior years.

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