Cancer is a scary, and sometime an incurable, disease. It is extremely important that you detect it early and that means consistent checkups at the doctor. We have different treatments that, along with regulation from the owner, can help detect anything cancerous early on.
Like us, animals such as dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits can get cancer. Fortunately, some forms of cancer are curable. In addition, recent advancements in cancer treatment can dramatically extend the lives of many dogs and cats. Treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery may be used to stop the spread of cancer and remove or destroy cancer cells and tumors.
You can help prevent some forms of cancer by having your pet spayed or neutered at an early age, but most cancers cannot be prevented. This is why early detection is one of our best weapons against this disease. Regular veterinary visits can help us keep track of what is normal for your pet, as well as detect anything suspicious. However, because we typically only see your dog or cat once or twice a year, we also rely on your knowledge of your pet to catch any potential issues early. Contact us right away if you notice any changes in your pet’s physical appearance or behavior (such as lumps or bumps, sores that don’t heal, vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in eating habits). We encourage our clients to be vigilant and regularly check your pets body for anything abnormal. We are always here to answer any questions or ease any concerns that you might have.