Archive for June, 2012

Cancer in pets … did you know?

June 7, 2012

ImageAccording to the American Veterinary Medical Association, Cancer accounts for almost half of the deaths of pets over 10 years of age. Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, while cats get fewer cancers.

What are some of the signs of concern in your pet?

1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow

2. Sores that do not heal

3. Weight loss

4. Loss of appetite

5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening

6. Offensive odor

7. Difficulty eating or swallowing

8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina

9. Persistent lameness or stiffness

10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, call us immediately to schedule an appointment.  If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, each type requires individual care and may include a single form of treatment or a combination of treatments.  Typical methods of treating cancer in our furry family members includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, cryosurgery (freezing), hyperthermia (heating) or immunotherapy.  Pain management is also an important part of treatment.

Some types of cancer can be cured, but other types can only be managed to decrease spread and prolong your pet’s comfort and life as much as possible. How early a cancer is detected and the type of cancer are often the biggest factors determining the success of treatment.

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