Veterinary and scientific research charity, the Animal Health Trust, is calling upon pet lovers to support its first ever Cures4Paws Week, 17-23 September 2018, by ‘raising a paw’.
Cures4Paws Week is designed to raise awareness of several awful diseases such as cancer, epilepsy and blindness which affect dogs.
These are all problems that the Animal Health Trust (AHT) aims to beat to ensure dogs have healthy, happy futures. Vets and scientists at the AHT, based in Suffolk, work tirelessly – without government funding – to tackle all of these conditions (and many more) affecting man’s best friend.
Over its 75 year history, the AHT has made a huge impact for dogs, including:
- Pioneering the use of MRI in the diagnosis and management of problems in the brain and nervous system, including epilepsy.
- Developing and launching more than 25 DNA tests to tackle several debilitating diseases in more than 50 breeds of dog.
- Identifying ways of predicting whether a common cancer, affecting all breeds of dog, will spread.
But the charity simply cannot survive and continue its vital work without the kindness and support of animal owners.
Kevin Clements, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at the AHT, is kicking off Cures4Paws Week with Cocker Spaniel, Goose, (pictured) and says, “We are a nation of animal lovers, but what many people don’t realise is that there aren’t many places dedicated to improving treatment, diagnostics and ways to actually prevent diseases affecting our beloved pets.
“This is what makes the AHT so unique and so vitally important. In the UK, our pets are more at risk of developing a disease such as cancer than they are of being neglected. Losing a pet is a lot like losing a member of the family. Our dogs love us unconditionally and it is soul destroying to lose your dog to a disease which your vet either couldn’t diagnose early enough or wasn’t able to treat because veterinary medicine doesn’t currently have the answers.
“Research is expensive, even with the very best teams you don’t find the answers overnight, and this is why we need more people to know about the AHT and more people to support us, as an investment in their, and every, pet’s future health.”