Just like in human medicine, the advancements in pet medicine keeps our pets healthier and extends their life expectancy. Because our pets are living longer this increases the overall number of pets that acquire diseases that affect aging animals. While cancer doesn’t solely affect elderly pets, aging increases the risks and occurrences.
In general, cancer is caused by abnormal cell growth. Cells grow at a faster rate than the body’s immune system can suppress and these cells form masses or tumors.
“Dogs are affected by more forms of cancer than other companion animals A.cording to the American Veterinary Society cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs, especially dogs over the age of ten, and 32% of cats. Dogs get cancer at about the same rate as humans, while cats get fewer cancers. Some breeds or families of dogs have a higher incidence for developing cancer at an earlier age, but in most cases it’s a disease found in aging animals. There are nearly 100 types of animal cancer. Cancer in pets can be found in the skin, bones, breast, head & neck, lymph system, abdomen and testicles. Leukemia is the most common type of cancer in cats and lymphoma and mammary gland cancer are the most common type of dog cancers.” Fetchacure.com
The box below highlights some of the most common forms of pet cancer. Stay tuned for this Thursdays post on cancer care and treatment at A2AH.
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