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Certain Types of Cancers and Neoplastic Conditions in Pets

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Jessie, the concerned dog: I am so grateful that my human, Karen, looks after Bo and I with great care.  She makes sure that we are always feeling well and alerts our veterinarian immediately when she senses something is wrong.

In support of our topic of cancer and pets this month, I wanted to point out a few facts I have researched on my own and of which you should be aware.

Did you know that neoplasia of the mouth is common in dogs, yet less common in cats?  The signs and symptoms you should be on alert for include a mass or tumor on the gums, odor, bleeding, or trouble when eating.  Early treatment is very essential, as many swellings are malignant.

Neoplasia can occur inside the nose of both dogs and cats.  If you notice that your pet has difficulty breathing, is bleeding from the nose, or has a swollen face, these are signs that may be indicative of neoplasia, and you should consult your veterinarian right away.

Lymphoma is also another common form of cancer in dogs and cats.  One or more of the lymph nodes  in the body will become enlarged.  There is also a contagious feline leukemia virus that can contribute to lymphoma in some cats.

Neoplasms in the bones are typically seen in large breed dogs or dogs that are older than age seven.  It is rarely seen in cats.  The most common sites for this condition are in the leg bones, near the joints.  Your pet may have persistent pain, swelling in the affected area, or lameness.

I urge you to always keep a keen eye out for your pet’s health.  We want to be around for years to give you that unconditional love you crave!

(I found this information in the Veterinary Cancer Society brochure.  What an informative document!)

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