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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pet Cancer Awareness

I can remember when our first neighbor got the devestating news. The vet called and told her that her beloved dog of 15 years had cancer. It was a terrible day very devastating to her. I myself was very unaware that our pets could get cancer. However, I was very wrong. Each year there are six million pets that will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Pet cancer, is the #1 disease related killer of our beloved pets. 

Early Detection is Key.

If cancer is detected early it can be treated more effectively, so it's important to check your pet regularly for the 10 Early Warning Signs as recommended by the Veterinary Cancer Society.
  1. Swollen lymph nodes
  2. An enlarging or changing lump
  3. Abdominal distension
  4. Chronic weight loss
  5. Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
  1. Unexplained bleeding
  2. Cough
  3. Lameness
  4. Straining to urinate
  5. Oral odor
If your pet has any of these early warning signs, you should take him or her to your veterinarian as soon as possible for a more complete examination. In addition, you should keep your pet away from environmental toxins like lawn fertilizers and surface and rug cleaners that have warning labels relative to children and pets. Many veterinarians see a link between environmental toxins and cancer.

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