Updated: Nov 30
As our pets age it is no secret that they can develop a variety of issues; just like us. One of the most common conditions in older pets is Cancer.😱
Much the same as humans; there are some types of Cancer that are more common in pets than others. Breast (mammary) cancer, skin cancer, bone cancer (osteosarcoma), mouth (oral) cancer, connective tissue cancers (sarcomas), and lymphatic tissue cancers (lymphomas) are most frequently found in pets.🐈🐕
So what can we do to help prevent cancer in our pets? 🤔
There is a multitude of research 🔬 that shows spaying and neutering animals is one of the best methods. For example; a female dog that is spayed before her first heat has an extremely low risk of getting mammary cancer, but the risk for a female dog that hasn’t been spayed increases 200 times.
Early detection is key, keeping an eye 👀 on your elderly pet and having regular vet visits are essential. Some things to look for include:
- A growing or changing lump - Lump or lumps forming suddenly 🤒 - Sudden abdominal swelling - Unexplained bleeding from the mouth or genitalia - Persistent sores or swelling - Unexplained bad breath or other odours 😷 - Dry cough 🗣 - Difficulty when breathing, chewing, swallowing - Difficulty urinating or defecating 💩
These are not always signs of cancer; however, paying attention to such changes and bringing them to the attention of your veterinarian as soon as they occur can increase the chance that a cancer will be detected and treated at an early stage.🙌
Owners of animals with white/light coats or skin should protect their pets from direct exposure to sunlight, ☀️ especially during the hours when ultraviolet radiation is strongest. Ultraviolet rays are strongest during the summer months between the hours of 12:00pm and 4:00 p.m. Keeping pets indoors or in well-shaded 🌴 areas as much as possible during these hours can significantly reduce the skin cancer risk presented by ultraviolet radiation. (MSD Veterinary Manual 2019)
Having regular health checks with your elderly pet even when there are no symptoms is crucial because just as with humans; the earlier cancer is detected, the better the treatment outcome is likely to be. 👩🏻⚕️ So give us a call on 07 3288 1822 if you think your pet may display any of these signs. 📞
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