WE are currently in the month of Movember — and this is not a misprint!
It is the name of an initiative during November in which men grow a moustache to help raise awareness of prostate cancer.
As dogs can also be affected by this condition, November is Canine Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (CPAM).
Tom Foster, a vet at Buckley House surgery on West Street, Hucknall, and Rob Swinburn, who is the only male veterinary nurse there, have both sprouted moustaches to help the cause.
Another Buckley House vet, Jon Hadley, is urging owners of elderly, unneutered dogs to get their pets checked for prostate cancer too.
He says research shows that more than 80% of unneutered dogs over five years old are likely to suffer from prostate disease.
“While such symptoms as constipation, lameness and difficulties in urination can occur, the dog usually shows no obvious sign of the disease,” says Mr Hadley.
“However, a simple test can now be done to check for the disease which, if left untreated, can progress quickly, causing serious health problems.
“Prostate disease is a very painful and rather common disease of dogs that have not been neutered as they get older. But in our experience, owners are often unaware of the problems it can cause if left untreated.
“The Movember campaign is a good opportunity to remind dog owners that prostate disease doesn’t just affect men. Fortunately, both testing for it and treating it are usually simple and inexpensive, and they will ensure that the dog continues to live a happy, healthy and pain-free life.”
OUR PHOTO shows Tom and Robert sporting a rather unusual moustache at Buckley House — DISPIC NHUD12-2919-1.