Walk Promotes Awareness Of Canine CancerPosted: Updated:
In 2015, Dr. Kyle Stevenson lost her best friend, Potter, to cancer.
Stevenson is a veterinary specialist at The Animal Doctors in Watertown, and spends her time nursing animals back to health.
Now, Stevenson is taking a stand to bring awareness to canine cancer in honor of her dog and the many others affected by the disease. It's all with a walk called 'Paws 4 Potter.'
"A lot of people aren't aware that cancer is so prevalent in dogs and if we are able to get more people with that knowledge and understanding that 'yes, it is a problem,' people just don't know it's something that we see in dogs," she said.
Stacy Spaziani also lost her dog to cancer in May, but now brings her new friend, Winston, for checkups at the clinic. Spaziani says it's still hard to cope with the loss of her pet.
"It was tough at first. Folger was our best friend and member of our family for almost 13 years, so it was a big hole to fill. He's filling that void for us," she said.
When it comes to warning signs of cancer in dogs, Dr. Stevenson says there are ways to spot the symptoms.
"Any change in appetite, being really off or lethargic, giving owners that chance to get them in early is a good thing," she said.
For the second straight year, the Paws 4 Potter walk will be held at the Thompson Park Pavilion on Saturday, October 21. You can pre-register online at paws4potter.com.