Cancer in pets has a number of similarities to the human form(s) of cancer. Like human cancer, it can occur in virtually any part of your dog's body. Although cancer is more common in dogs than it is in cats, it's often more aggressive in cats.
Ten of the most common cancer-related conditions:
1. Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma
2. Skin Cancer (Malignant Skin Neoplasia)
3. Splenic (Spleen) Cancer
4. Bone or Joint Cancer
5. Hepatic (Liver) Cancer
6. Thoracic (Chest) Cancer
7. Bladder Cancer
8. Brain or Spinal Cord Cancer
9. Oral (Mouth) Cancer
10. Peritoneal Cancer
Treating these pet cancers can be a heavy financial burden for pet owners. In 2011, just one pet health insurance provider stated their policyholders spent more than $17.4 million on the top 10 cancer-related conditions. Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma was the most expensive condition on the list, costing its policyholders an average of $2,367 per pet.
The importance of pet owners being educated on recognizing the symptoms and the signs of pet cancer is an imperative part of the fight against the disease.
Cancer Detection Tips
To detect cancer early, pet owners should be attentive to any growing lump or sore that fails to heal. Other symptoms or signs to monitor would be: 1) drastic changes in the pet's appetite or weight; 2) unusually strong odors emenating from the pet; 3) difficulty with breathing, urinating or defecating; 4) bleeding or discharge from any body opening; 5) difficulties being exhibited with chewing or swallowing; 6) an unwillingness to exercise or significant decrease in their stamina; or 7) a persistent stiffness or lameness.
The ACF (Animal Cancer Foundation) estimates there are 65 million dogs and 32 million cats in the United States. Of those, approximately 6 million new cancer diagnoses are made in dogs and a similar figure are estimated in cats as well, each year.
It really is a staggering statistic that 1 in 3 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. All the more, it is an eye-opener that 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetimes.
Alicia Pet Care Center's Promotion During November
To promote and propel potential and current clients to be proactive about cancer awareness, we are running a promotion here at Alicia Pet Care Center during the month of November. Bring your pet in this month and receive 30% off a Cancer Screening Check, which includes a Chest X-Ray and an Abdominal Ultrasound. **
** Does not apply to animals coming to Alicia Pet Care Center as a sick pet. Appointment must be booked between November 1, 2013 and November 30, 2013.