Pet Cancer Awareness
IMPORTANT k9 cancer facts
- At least 25% (and possibly up to 30%) of dogs will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime! Of those, 50% will die from that cancer!
- Common forms of canine cancer include: lymphoma (LSA), hemangiosarcoma (HSA), osteosarcoma (OSA), mammary tumor, mast cell tumor (MST), melanoma, transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), soft tissue sarcoma, acute leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
- If a lump is 1cm (the side of a pea) or larger, or if it has been present for 1 month, have it evaluated by your veterinarian!
- Forms of cancer treatment may include: surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy (RT), immunotherapy, and treatment through clinical trials.
- 80-90% of canine cancer patients have little to no side effects with treatment!
The Top 10 warning signs of cancer
1) Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
2) Sores that don’t heal
3) Weight loss
4) Appetite loss
5) Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6) Offensive or foul odor
7) Difficulty eating or swallowing
8) Inability or hesitation to exercise (loss of stamina)
9) Persistent lameness or stiffness
10) Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating