November is the national cancer month for pets including cats and dogs so lets spread the word around for cancer-stricken pets. Cancer is the leading disease affecting cats and dogs with many falling prey to this infamous disease. So let’s collectively move mountains to save our furry friends from being cancer-ridden and how best to protect them from this calamity.
Cancer fatally strikes dogs and cats, more than any other disease, especially overweight and genetically prone breeds. Ask any dog owner as to what he fears most for his pet, he will promptly say cancer. Because cancer kills and can be the leading cause of death in dogs, snuffing out their lives in an indiscriminate fashion. Both cats and dogs contract skin, bone or organ cancer. Dogs develop cancer of the lymph nodes, mammary gland tumors in unneutered female dogs and soft tissue cancer. Cats on the other hand suffer from skin cancer, mammary cancer and adenocarcinomas ( Cancer of the lungs and intestines).
Dogs and Cats with cancer portray similar symptoms as on display by humans:
• Wounds and sore points that heal very slowly or do not heal at all.
• Sudden drastic weight loss
• Odd strong odors coming from your pet
• Unusual discharge of blood from nostrils, ears and anus.
• Problems with chewing
Pets with early or middle-stage cancer may reduce their level of physical activity and refuse to go on walks, they once enjoyed. Some lumps on the body or swelling under the skin may occur depending on the type of cancer they are suffering from.
The earlier cancer is diagnosed in the pets, the better will be the outcome of the treatment. Surgical removal of tumors is the recommended treatment followed by laser therapy if cancer stricken cells pertain to one area of the body. Widespread tumors receive systematic treatment supported by aggressive chemotherapy and surgery if necessary.
How to decrease the possibility of cancer striking your pet? Does your pet including dogs and cats get their teeth brushed regularly and do they receive regular check-ups. Do the pet cats and dogs get a wholesome balanced diet. These factors can help in reducing the pets from becoming cancer-stricken.
You should work with the best veterinary clinical teams this side of town and have the services of the best pet advocate to help coordinate care functions in an orderly and systematic manner. They should have years of experience under their belt.
Do you know that 10 million dogs and cats buckle under with cancer which means that so many dog owners are burdened with the task of treating them.
It is forestalled that one in four pets will develop cancer. It is noted that cancer stricken dogs will use up carbohydrates, fats and proteins in a different way than its healthy peers. In many cases, cancer-stricken dogs will exhibit cancer-cachexia, a condition where dogs reduce weight despite being fed enough nutrients.
Many cancers pose dangers to the lives of the pets so post-regimens should include making the remaining days for the dog memorable by focusing on the best quality of life for the dog.