While our pets are living longer thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, we are sadly seeing an increase in cancer in pets.
Cancer can affect almost any area of your pet’s body. It may be slow-growing and non-invasive (benign) or aggressive and spread to other parts of the body (malignant).
Although cancer is more common in older cats and dogs, young animals can sometimes be affected.
Treatment depends on the type and location of cancer. Surgical removal for cancerous masses on the skin or within tissues is a common procedure. The excised tissue is then tested to determine the type of cancer and whether it’s been completely removed.
Chemotherapy is given when multiple medications are used in a systematic fashion to try to destroy cancer cells and in some cases rid the body altogether of the cancer.
Surgery isn’t possible in cases when the location, type or size of the cancerous tumour or mass is too difficult to access or too risky to your pet’s life. Surgery is also sometimes not possible depending on your pet’s age. In such cases, medications may be available to slow the cancer’s progression.
Common cancers in cats and dogs
mast cell tumours
At Bedford-Dianella Vet Centre we gain much satisfaction from helping pets and their families when a cancer diagnosis is made.
Caught early, many cancers can be treated successfully. We help you to understand the process and your pet’s treatment options. In many cases, though, cancer can’t be cured, but we can help you understand what’s happening to your pet, equipping you with the support they need to keep them feeling comfortable and pain-free while in palliative care.
If you’re one of our many satisfied clients, please consider referring us.
Just ask your friend to mention your pet’s name when they book. As our client, you’ll receive a $25 voucher from us, to come off your pet’s next consultation or spend on products available in our reception – and so will your friend!