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When will this Day be celebrated?  May 23rd of each calendar year.

What is National Canine Cancer Awareness Day? 

Jaguar Animal Health, a pet health focused company developing novel, plant-based, and sustainably derived medicines for people and animals; and its partner, TogoRun, a healthcare communications firm, named after Togo, the Siberian husky who saved a village in Nome, Alaska from a Diptheria outbreak, has joined forces to raise awareness of the rising prevalence and incidence of canine cancer. Together we are embarking on a journey to bring academic, research, policy, veterinary communities and the public together to heighten the need for canine cancer research.

Why is this day being created?   

The U.S. is lacking in canine cancer awareness and education for pet parents, and canine cancer treatment innovation to put an end to the disease that impacts over 25% of all canines. Therefore, May 23rd is dedicated to raising awareness of the rise in canine cancer and the first-of-its-kind National Canine Cancer Registry and Cancer Care Index that will provide the veterinary community and canine pet owners with important incidence and prevalence data to guide canine cancer diagnosis and treatment decisions that will bring us one step closer to improving canine cancer care and building a community of hope for all dog lovers. The data may also provide insights to help better understand cancer in humans.

The Jaguar Health Canine Cancer: Take C.H.A.R.G.E. (Canine Health And ReGistry Exchange), sponsored by Jaguar Animal Health and TogoRun, begins with a retrospective review of de-identified and anonymous canine patient records from IVEE, our software data security partner, and will continue to grow with additional retrospective clinical data provided by new veterinary clinics joining the Registry.

All canine cancer patient records uploaded to the Registry will be updated regularly thanks to ongoing input from participating veterinarians and owners of dogs who have been diagnosed with cancer and those who passed away from cancer.

The Registry also includes the first nationwide Gallup survey of pet owners addressing their experience with canine cancer. The Gallup survey closed on March 30, 2022, with over 3,800 responses received, including over 600 responses from dog owners with canine cancer experience. A complementary Index will be established based on pet owner responses to this multi-year nationwide Gallup survey assessing pet owner experience with their dog’s cancer diagnosis and treatment. Together the Registry and Index will provide the veterinary community with important information to guide canine cancer diagnosis and treatment decisions and support dog owners by improving canine cancer care.

For this Registry, we will only access information from canine patients that have been diagnosed with cancer. These patient’s records will be de-identified and anonymized following all General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidelines.

How should this day be observed?   

We will host a live media event in New York City and encourage the public to join the registry to support canines with cancer and help raise awareness of the desperate research needed to help eradicate the disease among the canine population.

Who created this day?  This day was created by TogoRun in 2022.