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Cancer in Pets

Posted In: Feline Health & Wellness, Canine Health & Wellness

It is estimated that 50% of dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer at some point in their lives. The number of cats who develop cancer is about half that, but it tends to be a more aggressive type of cancer. Early detection of cancer is critical in treatment. Dr. Kelly Ryan, Director of AMCMA says pet owners should be on the lookout for any of these symptoms in their pets:

Unusual odor from the mouth or nose
Bumps or lumps under the skin
Unusual weight loss
Appetite change
Lethargy
Respiratory problems
Behavior changes
Open sores that don’t heal
Vomiting and diarrhea
Pale gums

Many pet owners want to know if there is a way to prevent cancer in their pets. While there is limited research on this, pet parents should follow these suggestions:

Check pets regularly for lumps or bumps
Don’t allow pets to breathe second hand smoke
Make sure pets get plenty of exercise
Avoid too much sun exposure to prevent sunburn
Maintain your pets weight with a healthy diet
Have your pet spayed or neutered
Visit the veterinarian at least once a year and call right away if you notice anything unusual about your pet

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.