Pet Cancer Facts:
- Dogs and cats get cancer at approximately the same rate as people do.
- Over 50% of the dogs over age 10 will experience cancer.
- Unfortunately, 80% of pet owners have limited knowledge about pet cancer.
- One in four dogs will die of cancer.
- Just like in humans, cancer can occur in virtually any part of your pet’s body.
- Common risks of pet obesity include cancer.
- Pet cancer is the #1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats.
- Although cancer is not as common in cats as it is in dogs, the cancers found in cats tend to be more aggressive. This is because cats have a tendency to mask illnesses which can make them harder to detect. This often leads to later diagnoses and more difficult and costly treatments.
Pet cancer signs, as identified by the Veterinary Cancer Society:
- Persistent, abnormal swelling
- Sores that do not heal
- Loss of weight
- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
- Offensive odor
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
- Persistent lameness or stiffness
- Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
Just as in people, early detection is critical. This is why it is so important to have your pet examined regularly. If your pet has any of these warning signs, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete exam.