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Cancer

  • Cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all disease-related pet deaths each year. Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans. Approximately 1 in 4 dogs develops a tumor of some kind during his lifetime.
  • Although cancer is not as common in cats as it is in dogs, the cancers found in cats tend to be more aggressive. Early detection is critical. This is why it is so important to have your pet examined regularly.
  • Spaying can largely reduce the threat of mammary cancer in both dogs and cat. The risk of this disease is limited considerably if the dog or cat is spayed before it has an opportunity to go into heat.
  • Not all tumors are cancerous. Benign (noncancerous) tumors do not spread to other parts of the body and, with very rare exceptions, are not life threatening.
  • Unexplained lameness especially in large or giant breed dogs is a very common sign of bone cancer. Radiographs of the affected area are useful for detecting cancer of the bone.
  • Lymph nodes are located throughout the body but are most easily detected behind the jaw or behind the knee. When these lymph nodes are enlarged they can suggest a common form of cancer called lymphoma.