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What is Cancer?

Cancer is cells within the body that are growing and dividing in an abnormal manner and rate often forming tumors or masses. These growths can either be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Sometimes the cancer cells do not form growths; instead, they affect the blood, which causes abnormal cells to circulate throughout the body.

Is My Pet At Risk?

Awareness is the first step to helping your pet.  Did you know that cancer is the #1 disease-related killer of pets? Pets of any age can develop cancer however, it is more common in adult and older pets. Certain breeds of dogs and cats are known to have a higher chance of some types of cancer. Early detection of pet cancer is vital for successful treatment and recovery.

Is Pet Cancer Treatable?

In some cases, yes. Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, there are more options for treating pets with cancer that can improve their longevity and quality of life. Your veterinarian will work with you to determine the best course of treatment which may include surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.

Detection and Diagnosis

Regular exams bring awareness and are important in the early detection and diagnosis of cancer. Annual blood screenings can catch problems before they become serious, helping to improve the odds of effectively treating pet cancer. Your veterinarian may recommend additional x-rays, ultrasound or other diagnostic tests.

Early Warning Signs From the American Veterinary Medical Association

  • Abnormal swelling that continues to grow
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Weight Loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  • Offensive odor
  • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

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