Cancer is more common as pets live longer and longer.
As the years pass, veterinarians continue to report more and more incidence of pet cancer.
While it sounds like a negative, the reasons for the rise in numbers are actually positive. As the human-animal bond grows, owners are providing their pets with better veterinary care. This has translated into vets discovering and treating cancers that, in the past, would have gone overlooked.
In addition, veterinary medicine itself has come a long way, allowing pets to live longer lives. Like humans, a longer lifespan for pets translates into the potential for various diseases. Advancements in veterinary diagnostic tools have also allowed vets to diagnose cancer in earlier stages, giving their patients a better chance at a full recovery.
None of the above is meant to scare anyone, but rather to motivate you to seek regular veterinary care for your pet. The quality and length of his or her life depend on it.
What to Look For
Cancer can be found in any part of a pet’s body. The most common include the mouth, neck, chest, belly, skin, legs, and bones. While each type of cancer has specific symptoms, there are some general warning signs to be aware of, including:
- Sudden weight loss
- Unusual swelling or growths
- Wounds that do not heal
- Disinterest in food
- Abnormal bleeding or discharge
- Foul odor
- Trouble swallowing or breathing
- Persistent stiffness or lameness
- Struggling to urinate or defecate
- Loss of stamina or lethargy
Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a highly skilled surgeon specializing in various types of pet cancer surgery. He has seen first hand how early detection can extend or even save the life of a beloved pet. To learn more about the type of procedures he performs or to schedule a consultation with him, you are invited to contact Dr. Zeltzman today.
Cancer procedures Dr. Zeltzman can help with include:
- Leg amputation
- Cisplatin beads (tiny local chemo pearls that dissolve)
- Feline fibrosarcoma
- Jaw surgery (Mandibulectomy / Maxillectomy)
- Skin masses, lumps, bumps and tumors
- Mastectomy (mammary tumors)
- Nasal tumors (rhinotomy, rhinoplasty)