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May Is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of dogs and cats.



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May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. It is the #1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats and treatments can easily run up bills of more than $10,000. One big problem is the number of pet owners who are not aware that animals also get cancer and are not on the lookout for early signs of the disease.

While older dogs and cats are more likely to develop a form of cancer, early treatment is key. “Just like in people, however, the earlier [the] cancer is detected, the greater chance there will be of achieving remission,” says Jaci Christensen, oncology veterinary technician at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Here are the top ten warning signs of pet cancer:

  1. Unexplained lumps or bumps
  2. Abnormal odors
  3. Bleeding, discharge or pus
  4. Wounds that do not heal
  5. Weight loss
  6. Change of appetite
  7. Coughing or trouble breathing
  8. Depression, fatigue or lethargy
  9. Changes in bathroom habits
  10. Evidence of pain

Pet Cancer Awareness Month was created to help spread awareness of the signs and symptoms of pet cancer as a way to save lives. Veterinarians stress that wellness checks every year or six months are the key to cancer prevention.

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