One of the last things a pet parent wants to hear is a cancer diagnosis. The good news is that treatment options are available to help improve your pet's quality of life, and in some cases, may even offer a cure.
Cancer is common in pets and can affect all breeds. It can occur at any age but is most often diagnosed in older pets. Cancer can develop in the skin, lymph nodes, bloodstream, bones, or internal organs. The symptoms can vary depending on the location of the disease but can include lumps on or under the skin, poor appetite, reduced energy levels, or weight loss.
Diagnosis usually involves biopsies, blood tests, and imaging studies.
Cancer Warning Signs
Pets are experts in masking illnesses. For this reason, problems often go unidentified by pet parents. However, there are some warning signs that signal it might be a good time to pay a visit to your vet. These include appetite and weight loss, sores that do not heal, and a decrease in energy levels. Pay close attention to any lumps, growths, or swelling, and also be on the lookout for discharge, or bleeding. The sooner your pet is seen, the better, because early detection and treatment of cancer allow for much better outcomes.
Once your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, the team at Muir Oaks Veterinary Hospital will determine the best treatment options. Depending on the type of cancer, its location, and how advanced it is, we may recommend one treatment or a combination of procedures. These may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Each treatment plan is customized depending on your pet's needs.
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