According to the Animal Cancer Foundation 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer throughout their lifetime. National Pet Cancer month is dedicated to spreading awareness so these are the 5 things we’d like to share with you:
1. Fighting cancer takes a dedicated owner.
With cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, there are good days and bad days. It takes a dedicated owner to support their kitty through the process, and also monitor closely the quality of life. We’ve seen some really amazing owners go above and beyond, and we’re always impressed by how patient and supportive they are.
2. Chemotherapy is becoming more affordable to pet owners.
Yes, cancer treatment can be expensive, but the cost for these treatments is going down. Some chemotherapy’s are now between $50-60/month. Pet insurance and Care Credit are also options when dealing with cancer treatment.
3. As your veterinarian we play an important role.
During your kitty’s wellness exam the doctor will check for lumps and bumps and measure their growth. The doctor may also run diagnostics such as blood work and urinalysis. These tests alone cannot diagnose cancer, but they can be the first hint something may be going on. Early detection makes a huge difference as feline cancers can be fast growing and extremely aggressive.
4. As a pet owner you play an important role by noticing symptoms.
What to look for? Any abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow, weight loss, offensive odor, persistent lameness or stiffness, or difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating.
5. We’re all in this together.
There are many connections between animal and human cancers and now is an exciting time because research is being shared openly between the two fields. Your cat’s cancer treatment may be leading the way to helping human treatments, or vice versa.