Believe It or Not: Petplan Sheds Light on Five Common Pet Cancer Myths

Believe It or Not: Petplan Sheds Light on Five Common Pet Cancer Myths


The truth about pet cancer risks, treatment and more

Newtown Square, PA (May 16, 2017) – The Animal Cancer Foundation estimates that nearly 12 million pets are diagnosed with cancer each year. But despite the prevalence of the disease, many pet parents have misconceptions about everything from their furry friend’s cancer risk to how the disease is treated.

“Cancer is such an emotionally loaded word, but a diagnosis doesn’t have to mean the end for a sick pet”, says Natasha Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of Petplan. “Today’s veterinary medicine can do more now than ever before to treat cancers and support quality of life along the way.”

“One of our favorite claims stories is a dog named Libby, who had a localized bone cancer called an osseous plasmacytoma. Because the tumor was inoperable, her mom pursued cyberknife radiation — a cutting-edge therapy even in human medicine — and reports that Libby has continued to do well after the treatment. She’s playing ball and chasing squirrels; you’d never know she had cancer. By dispelling commonly believed myths about the disease, we want to communicate to pet parents that there are options, and there is always hope.”

For info about Petplan and more fetching pet facts, point your paws to

* The Cancer Center at CARES

** Petplan claims data 2015

*** University of Pennsylvania pet owner survey