Name of the Fund:
The Petco Foundation & Blue Buffalo Foundation Cancer Treatment Support Fund
Who/what does it fund?
Funds veterinarian care for dogs with cancer whose owners cannot afford care.
Financial assistance available for individuals living in the following region(s):
Northern CA, Reno, OR, WA, AK, ID, UT, MT, ND, and MN
How to apply?
Financial assistance is available for diagnostic testing, cancer treatment or to cover the costs of screening for enrollment into a clinical trial. Learn more or see if you qualify for assistance.
Principal investigator: Dr. Jane E. Sykes, University of California/Davis
Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers of dogs, but its cause is unknown. Its development appears to be linked to genetics as well as environmental and infectious disease factors. Previous work conducted by this research team suggests a link between lymphoma and canine hemoplasma infection. Hemoplasmas are bacteria that adhere to red blood cells and can persist in the dog's blood without causing signs of disease. This study hopes to determine whether dogs with untreated lymphoma have a higher prevalence of hemoplasma infection than dogs with untreated mast cell tumors and sarcomas. The findings may provide important information into one of the causes of lymphoma.