Cancer

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A cancer diagnosis in your pet can be extremely frightening. Companion animals live longer than they did in the past, so the number of pets contracting cancer has risen as well. At the same time, research into animal cancer has advanced, and many animals survive cancer and live a quality life. Early detection and proper treatment are key.

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Below are articles relating to cancer in specific pets, as well as some inspirational stories of cancer survival.

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Cancer in Dogs

Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10, although alarmingly, it has been diagnosed often in young dogs. But half of all cancers are curable if caught early. The warning signs of cancer in dogs are very similar to that in people: a lump or a bump, a wound that doesn’t heal, any kind of swelling, enlarged lymph nodes, a lameness or swelling in the bone, abnormal bleeding. In order to help prevent cancer, spay your dog. Your dog should have at least an annual checkup and be provided good dental care with proper diet and exercise. Cures for canine cancer are similar to cures for humans: surgery and radiation. There are a number of other options and protocols available.

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Cancer in Cats

Cancer in cats is less common than cancer in dogs. It’s probably half the rate that we see in dogs, but tends to be more aggressive. It is also harder to detect, since cats try to mask illness. One of the most common cancers we see in cats is lymphoma, which is associated with the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). Contraction of the virus can be prevented through vaccination. Lumps and bumps, vomiting and diarrhea, refusal to eat and weight loss, a rough coat and failure to thrive can all be symptoms of cancer. Purebred cats are no more likely to get cancer than mixed-breeds. Fewer than 50% of cats treated for cancer survive.

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Cancer in Other Pets

Cancer Survivor Stories

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