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Cancer and Your Pet


Just say the word cancer and any of a host of undesirable thoughts will pop in your mind- and with good reason. Cancer is one of the most common of diseases among pets and increases as the pet ages. In dogs, the frequency of getting cancer is equivalent to that of a human being getting cancer. Additionally, it accounts for close to half the deaths of pets over the age of 10.

Just what is cancer and what causes it? Basically, cancer occurs when cell growth rates go out of control on, or inside, the body. What causes this chaos inside the system of the cell is still unknown-but the results have been well documented and the reputation is well known. Some cancers such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer or testicular cancer can be largely prevented by spaying or neutering your pet while it is still very young( 6-12 months or so). Other types, however, are not as easy to detect, causing difficult preventive methods. Following are many common types of cancers seen in pets. Skin tumors in dogs should always be checked by a vet. Breast cancers have a high rate of malignancy in dogs- often 50%. Lymphoma is common and is characterized by an enlargement of the lymph nodes. Testicular tumors are common in dogs- especially those having retained testes. Cancers occurring in the head and/or neck are common in dogs and often malignant. Aggressive and quick therapy is required. Abdominal tumors are harder to detect and very common. Watch for weight loss or abdominal enlargement. Testing for cancer can be done in a variety of methods - from x-rays or blood tests to actual biopsy samples(tissue samples). Most often, biopsies are required to diagnose cancer.

Treatments run the gamut in cancer therapy. Since each cancer may be of a different type from animal to animal, and each animals system may react differently to the same drug, the care is highly individualized. Your veterinarian may choose from such options as chemotherapy, radiation, hyperthermia, surgery, immuno-therapy, or cryosurgery(freezing) to treat your pet, although combinations of the above methods are quite common. Now for the big question. Just what are the success rates of these methods in treating my pet for cancer? Just as in humans, the success rate depends on a number of variables- what type of cancer your pet has, how early you detect the cancer,how you treat the cancer and how strong your pet is- just to name a few. Sometimes the cancer can be cured if response is quick and the treatment aggressive but all pets may receive a better quality of life from therapy received. The best therapy seems, however, to be early detection through regular vet visits and keen knowledge of your pets overall rate of health at all times. Watch for changes and be aware should any unusual symptoms pop up.

COMMON SIGNS OF CANCER SEEN IN SMALLER ANIMALS

?Loss of appetite
?Sudden weight loss
?Slow,or non-healing sores
?Offensive odor
?Abnormal growths or swellings
?Loss of stamina
?Hesitation in exer-cising
?Persistent lameness or stiffness
?Difficulty in eating or swallowing
?Difficulty in breathing, defecating or urinating

Article written and reprinted with permission of: http://www.pedigreedpups.com/ Purebred Dogs, Puppies and Dog Breeders - "Your New Best Friend"

Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

Debbie Ray, owner of: http://www.pedigreedpups.com is a lifetime dog lover and owner and breeder of german shepherd dogs for over 15 years.


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  1. Meat the Family: New reality show challenges carnivores to eat their pets  CBS News
  2. Reality show 'Meat the Family' makes contestants eat their pets  New York Post
  3. New British Reality Show Asks Families to Eat Their Pets on Camera  VICE
  4. New Reality Show Makes You Eat a Pet or Go Vegan  LIVEKINDLY
  5. Meat the Family: new reality TV show challenges carnivores to eat their 'pets'  The Guardian
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Uber Rolls Out Red Carpet to Riders with Pets - RADIO.COM
  1. Uber Rolls Out Red Carpet to Riders with Pets  RADIO.COM
  2. You can now bring your pets on Uber rides in Nashville  WZTV
  3. Uber testing out Uber Pet option for riders with furry friends  WSB Atlanta
  4. Uber Pet launches in Tampa, not yet in Orlando: report  Orlando Sentinel
  5. Uber Pet launches in Tampa Bay  Tampa Bay Times
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Exotic Pets: Sugar Gliders - WBOY.com
Exotic Pets: Sugar Gliders  WBOY.com

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ENTER HERE: All 4 Pets 'Put Your Pet in a Promo' contest  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Pet of the Week: 2019 pets  WTOP

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Residents worry about pets near littered home  WOWT

Winnebago County approves allowing pets on paths in county parks, with a few exceptions - Oshkosh Northwestern
Winnebago County approves allowing pets on paths in county parks, with a few exceptions  Oshkosh Northwestern

Column: Medicare for pets — it's not as crazy as you think - Los Angeles Times
Column: Medicare for pets — it's not as crazy as you think  Los Angeles Times

How to Tell Your Colleagues They Can't Have Pets in the Office (Without Breaking Their Hearts) - Inc.
How to Tell Your Colleagues They Can't Have Pets in the Office (Without Breaking Their Hearts)  Inc.

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Oct. 16, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Oct. 16, 2019  OregonLive

Austin Pets Alive! Pet of the Week: Kline - Austin Monthly
Austin Pets Alive! Pet of the Week: Kline  Austin Monthly

Pet Posse: Halloween Tips for Pets - KHON2
Pet Posse: Halloween Tips for Pets  KHON2

Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Oct. 17, 2019 edition - Winchester Herald Chronicle
Adoptable pets of the week at Animal Harbor in Oct. 17, 2019 edition  Winchester Herald Chronicle

Blessed be the pets | Features - Jackson Hole News&Guide
Blessed be the pets | Features  Jackson Hole News&Guide

Pets and People Who Love Them | Lifestyles - News Courier
Pets and People Who Love Them | Lifestyles  News Courier

HELP FEED THE PETS: Volunteers at OPAS ask for your help to get pet food - KTVE - myarklamiss.com
HELP FEED THE PETS: Volunteers at OPAS ask for your help to get pet food  KTVE - myarklamiss.com

The best robot vacuums for pet hair of 2019 - USA TODAY
The best robot vacuums for pet hair of 2019  USA TODAY

Raw meat-based diets for pets pose a health risk for humans - EurekAlert
Raw meat-based diets for pets pose a health risk for humans  EurekAlert

Advice from bringing an older pet into your home - - KUSI
Advice from bringing an older pet into your home -  KUSI

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (10/16/19) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (10/16/19)  ABC15 Arizona

UPDATE: Edgerton home uninhabitable after fire, pets saved - WKOW
UPDATE: Edgerton home uninhabitable after fire, pets saved  WKOW

Routt County adoptable pets: Frijol the cat and Luna the dog - Steamboat Pilot & Today
Routt County adoptable pets: Frijol the cat and Luna the dog  Steamboat Pilot & Today

Knoxville nonprofit in need of volunteers to help care for pets of senior citizens - WATE 6 On Your Side
Knoxville nonprofit in need of volunteers to help care for pets of senior citizens  WATE 6 On Your Side

Happy Howl-o-ween! Get free, professional photos of your pets in spooky costumes at MacArthur - WAVY.com
Happy Howl-o-ween! Get free, professional photos of your pets in spooky costumes at MacArthur  WAVY.com

CBD For Pets At Halloween Yappy Hour In The East Village - Patch.com
CBD For Pets At Halloween Yappy Hour In The East Village  Patch.com

Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Teddy, Lani, Daisy, Hellene, Luna - Rockville, MD Patch
Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Teddy, Lani, Daisy, Hellene, Luna  Rockville, MD Patch

Costumed pets of all kinds compete in 4-H costume contest - The Advocate
Costumed pets of all kinds compete in 4-H costume contest  The Advocate

Halloween tips for your pets - WESH 2 Orlando
Halloween tips for your pets  WESH 2 Orlando

Pets on 2: Dorchester Paws – Steven - WCBD News 2
Pets on 2: Dorchester Paws – Steven  WCBD News 2

Knoxville nonprofit in 'desperate' need of volunteers to help elderly pet owners - WVLT.TV
Knoxville nonprofit in 'desperate' need of volunteers to help elderly pet owners  WVLT.TV

PETS OF WEEK: Rocky and Evan | Community - WiscNews
PETS OF WEEK: Rocky and Evan | Community  WiscNews

The Value of Pet Ownership for Older Adults - U.S. News & World Report
The Value of Pet Ownership for Older Adults  U.S. News & World Report

Pet-Friendly “Howl-o-ween” Activities Come to Santa Monica - - Santa Monica Daily Press
Pet-Friendly “Howl-o-ween” Activities Come to Santa Monica -  Santa Monica Daily Press

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Babycakes - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Babycakes  KCBD

Rats as pets: Some people say absolutely. - The Washington Post
Rats as pets: Some people say absolutely.  The Washington Post

Here's exactly how much it costs to own 12 common household pets - Business Insider
Here's exactly how much it costs to own 12 common household pets  Business Insider

Kent woman says her dog died under watch of Rover pet sitter - KING5.com
Kent woman says her dog died under watch of Rover pet sitter  KING5.com

Oregon veterinarian with checkered past is treating pets again in Beaverton – and getting more complaints - OregonLive
Oregon veterinarian with checkered past is treating pets again in Beaverton – and getting more complaints  OregonLive

North County News Del Mar neighbors aid woman living in car with 300 pet rats Mark - 10News
North County News Del Mar neighbors aid woman living in car with 300 pet rats Mark  10News

65 pets find homes at adoption event - WILX-TV
65 pets find homes at adoption event  WILX-TV

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Matching Holiday Pajamas for You and Your Pet Have Arrived! Here's Where to Find Them  PEOPLE.com

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Nyheim Hines On His Trendy Pet: “Every time people see her, they think she's a porcupine.”  Colts.com

Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride - TechCrunch
Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride  TechCrunch

Pets with Potential: Meet Honey - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Honey  WCAX

Pawtacular features food trucks, vendors, pet parade - Sunbury Daily Item
Pawtacular features food trucks, vendors, pet parade  Sunbury Daily Item

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Weighing In On Pet Obesity  pasadenavoice.com

St. John's United Methodist Church holds pet blessing - The Advocate
St. John's United Methodist Church holds pet blessing  The Advocate

Pets of the Week for Oct. 10, 2019 - The Advocate
Pets of the Week for Oct. 10, 2019  The Advocate

NJ pets in need: Oct. 14, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Oct. 14, 2019  NJ.com

Fancy Goldfish Affected By Tariffs In The Trade War With China - NPR
Fancy Goldfish Affected By Tariffs In The Trade War With China  NPR

Vet warns against feeding your pets alternative diets - WAFF
Vet warns against feeding your pets alternative diets  WAFF

Why you actually should be looking at your pet’s poop - Yahoo Lifestyle
Why you actually should be looking at your pet’s poop  Yahoo Lifestyle

Pets being abandoned by owners facing money problems - BBC News
Pets being abandoned by owners facing money problems  BBC News

Fido's raw meat pet food may be loaded with harmful bacteria: study - Phys.org
Fido's raw meat pet food may be loaded with harmful bacteria: study  Phys.org

Denver one of seven cities to pilot new 'Uber Pet' feature - 9News.com KUSA
Denver one of seven cities to pilot new 'Uber Pet' feature  9News.com KUSA

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Scottish Farmer Makes 540-Mile Dash to Reunite with Her Pet Lamb Norman  PEOPLE.com

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Temperatures take a nose dive; Here’s how to protect your pets  FOX 31 Denver

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Best pet insurance: everything you need to know compare policies  goodhousekeeping.com

No pet surrenders after October 27 at Humane Society of Berks County; no layoffs during closure - Reading Eagle
No pet surrenders after October 27 at Humane Society of Berks County; no layoffs during closure  Reading Eagle

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Bark-b-ques and dog spas: More central Ohio apartments welcoming pets  The Columbus Dispatch

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Can owners legally shoot their pets? DA wants Pennsylvania to clarify the law.  lehighvalleylive.com

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Got photos of your pets in Halloween costumes? We’d like to see them  AL.com

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Pets of the week: Tonka and Betsy need somebody to love  MLive.com

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The important things every pet owner should know, according to vets  INSIDER

How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders? - Scientific American
How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders?  Scientific American

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Harry Potter: 10 Most Helpful Pets, Ranked | ScreenRant  Screen Rant

Dogs of Knox Fund Holiday Pet Photos set for Nov. 2-3 - knoxpages.com
Dogs of Knox Fund Holiday Pet Photos set for Nov. 2-3  knoxpages.com

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FanPulse Week 7: ‘Our Pets’ Heads Are Falling Off’  Black Heart Gold Pants

Well-Fed Prairie Dogs Attracting Coyotes & Pet Attacks In Erie - CBS Denver
Well-Fed Prairie Dogs Attracting Coyotes & Pet Attacks In Erie  CBS Denver

Neighbors aid woman living in car with 300 pet rats - PIX11 New York
Neighbors aid woman living in car with 300 pet rats  PIX11 New York

Nationwide: Alpharetta cat one of 2019’s unusual pet insurance claims - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Nationwide: Alpharetta cat one of 2019’s unusual pet insurance claims  Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Wildlife Watch: Alligator alert in Sherwood, keep your pets safe!  KARK

Uber Pet lets furry friends join the ride — for a fee - The Verge
Uber Pet lets furry friends join the ride — for a fee  The Verge

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Where is Mr. Mabel? Texas family searching desperately for 90-pound pet tortoise  Times Record News

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Dozens of pets rescued, 3 perish in Hwy. 26 trailer crash  KTVZ

Oklahoma veterinarian warns against disease contagious to pets, humans - KOCO Oklahoma City
Oklahoma veterinarian warns against disease contagious to pets, humans  KOCO Oklahoma City

Gator alert in Sherwood: Watch your pets! - KLRT - FOX16.com
Gator alert in Sherwood: Watch your pets!  KLRT - FOX16.com

These adorable pets need new homes! - WCVB Boston
These adorable pets need new homes!  WCVB Boston

Millennials favor pet ownership over children in America's increasingly unaffordable cities. - City Journal
Millennials favor pet ownership over children in America's increasingly unaffordable cities.  City Journal

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Cleveland APL Pet of the Week: Dash is a playful pit mix who will paw at your heart strings  Cleveland 19 News

‘He’s My World’: Family Worries About Missing Pets During Sandalwood Fire - KTLA Los Angeles
‘He’s My World’: Family Worries About Missing Pets During Sandalwood Fire  KTLA Los Angeles

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Get your pet fixed free, or fix yourself up with a pet! Fix Long Beach’s next clinic takes place Saturday  Long Beach Post

87 pets removed from condemned Phoenixville, Pennsylvania home - WPVI-TV
87 pets removed from condemned Phoenixville, Pennsylvania home  WPVI-TV

Ellen DeGeneres Creates New Pet Product Collection to Entertain All the Dogs She Keeps Adopting - PEOPLE.com
Ellen DeGeneres Creates New Pet Product Collection to Entertain All the Dogs She Keeps Adopting  PEOPLE.com

Webkinz prepares to kill off dormant pets starting next week - The Verge
Webkinz prepares to kill off dormant pets starting next week  The Verge

Do you really need pet insurance? How to tell whether it's worth it - Chicago Tribune
Do you really need pet insurance? How to tell whether it's worth it  Chicago Tribune

Man Attacked by His Boss's Pet Lion After Asking for Back Pay - Newsweek
Man Attacked by His Boss's Pet Lion After Asking for Back Pay  Newsweek

Not cross bunnies: can a pet rabbit ever be happy? - The Guardian
Not cross bunnies: can a pet rabbit ever be happy?  The Guardian

Arlington Pet of the Week: Mia - ARLnow
Arlington Pet of the Week: Mia  ARLnow

Bissell ProHeat Pet vs. Bissell DeepClean Pet - ConsumerReports.org
Bissell ProHeat Pet vs. Bissell DeepClean Pet  ConsumerReports.org

Animal welfare advocates protest at Lexington pet store Kylen Mills 6:47 PM, Oct 12, 2019 - LEX18 Lexington KY News
Animal welfare advocates protest at Lexington pet store Kylen Mills 6:47 PM, Oct 12, 2019  LEX18 Lexington KY News

Are pets really good for us – or just hairy health hazards? - The Guardian
Are pets really good for us – or just hairy health hazards?  The Guardian

Fido's Raw Meat Pet Food May Be Loaded With Harmful Bacteria: Study - Courthouse News Service
Fido's Raw Meat Pet Food May Be Loaded With Harmful Bacteria: Study  Courthouse News Service

Fort Worth Animal Shelter Full; Pets 35 Pounds Or More Available For Free - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Fort Worth Animal Shelter Full; Pets 35 Pounds Or More Available For Free  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Syracuse firefighters respond to fire on North Midler Ave., rescue two pets - CNYcentral.com
Syracuse firefighters respond to fire on North Midler Ave., rescue two pets  CNYcentral.com

Pet Of The Week: Duke - KRIS Corpus Christi News
Pet Of The Week: Duke  KRIS Corpus Christi News

Text Message Scammers Target Lost Pet Owners - CBS Pittsburgh
Text Message Scammers Target Lost Pet Owners  CBS Pittsburgh

How pets improve our health - CNN
How pets improve our health  CNN

Denver 1 Of 7 Cities To Test ‘Uber Pet’ Program - CBS Denver
Denver 1 Of 7 Cities To Test ‘Uber Pet’ Program  CBS Denver

Giant dog appears to pet small rescue kitten in adorable viral video - Fox News
Giant dog appears to pet small rescue kitten in adorable viral video  Fox News

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