Movember for Dogs(MFD):
What is Movember? Movember is an annual, month-long event that takes place in November and encourages men to grow moustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer. It all started when 30 men at a pub in Melbourne, Australia, leveraged the power of sporting a mustache and started a campaign with a great purpose, to raise awareness for prostate cancer during the month of November. This eventually sparked the movement known around the world as… Movember! The Movember Foundation itself has raised over $440 million dollars for prostate cancer awareness and research programs.
Since 2003, the movement has been powered by the masses, with over 3 million registered “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” who have pledged to grow mustaches or support the men that do and raise funds for Movember during the month of November.
There are now over 1.1 million registered movember fundraisers worldwide, now that’s a lot of crumb catchers!
Why Movember for dogs? Well, male dogs get prostate disease too, so November is now also National Canine Prostate Awareness Month.
With more than 80% of entire male dogs over the age of five suffering from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (the most common prostate disorder in dogs), November is the perfect time to highlight the prevalence of prostate disease in older, in-tact male dogs and to encourage vet practices and owners to do checks on dogs at risk.
Quite often dogs show no signs of prostate issues but they may be in pain. An increase in the size of the prostate gland can cause constipation and flatter ribbon-like stools, problems with urination, blood in feces or urine.
BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) can be permanently prevented by neutering (specifically castration in male dogs) due to the reduction in testosterone production.
An interesting fact about it all is Cancer research for pets can benefit human cancer research as well, as cancer in animals is similar regardless of species. In fact, most of the knowledge and treatments in animal oncology come from the fields of human oncology! Many forms of cancer can be cured when diagnosed early enough, so research is key in decreasing the amount of pet deaths each year.