November is pet cancer awareness month and we’d love if you’d help us spread the word. Just as cancer affects many humans the world over, 1/3rd of all cats and ½ of all dogs over ten years of age may die of cancer. Notice the key word there is ‘may’.
By spreading awareness of this disease, we can help to fund charities and in turn fight pet cancer, which takes many of our furry loved ones away from us far too soon.
First, it’s important to prevent cancer before it has a chance to grow in your little one’s body. That’s step one. You can prevent cancer by getting your pet spayed or neutered. Here are three very important reasons why.
1. Getting Your Pet Fixed Regulates Hormones: No matter how old your pet may be, spaying or neutering your pet dramatically reduces the risk of contracting cancer throughout your pet’s lifetime. That’s a very good thing.
2. The Earlier the Better, Especially if Your Pet is Female: Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of pet cancer in females. By getting your female pet spayed prior to her first heat, breast cancer can largely be avoided.
3. The Risk for Contracting Testicular Cancer is Virtually Eliminated: If your pet is male and you get him properly neutered, he will never in his lifetime develop testicular cancer.
So you see, young or old, big or small, your pet will definitely benefit from that all-important vet appointment.
If you suspect that your pet may have cancer, these are the steps to follow.
Key Facts About Cancer in Pets
1. Get a Biopsy: It’s very important never to attempt to diagnose pet cancer on your own. That’s because cancer in pets can mimic many other illnesses and diseases. Your vet can make the true determination, and a biopsy is the best way to do it.
2. Get Treatment: If it is determined that your pet has cancer, your vet may recommend one or more forms of treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.
3. Maintain Hope: The earlier your vet can catch your pet's cancer, the better the prognosis will be for your furry best friend (FBF).
In a perfect world, cancer would be cured and we’d never have to worry about the awful ‘C’ word rearing its ugly head. But this isn’t a perfect world, cancer in pets does exist and this is our effort to spread the news about it.
So, to review:
Step 1: Get your pet spayed or neutered.
Step 2: Get your pet checked out if you suspect your pet has cancer.
Step 3: Listen to your vet and maintain hope.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month is here. Help us spread the word by sharing our blog post on your various social media accounts. Mahalo!
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