Unfortunately, cancer is not just for humans. It also affects all animals, including dogs and cats. As for humans, cancer is now the leading cause of death in our pets. How to detect it? Can our hairballs heal? Answers.
What is cancer?
Cancer is a very common condition that usually affects dogs and cats over 8 years old. The disease can develop in any part of the body (skin, breast, muscles, bones, abdomen, organs …) and form a tumor. The tumors are due to an abnormal proliferation of cells. When called “benign”, they are extremely localized and are not cancerous. On the other hand, so-called “malignant” tumors produce metastases, that is to say, diseased cells, that will infect the rest of the body by moving through the blood or the lymphatic system. In this case, the chances of healing are low.
How to prevent it?
There is no way to prevent the onset of cancer. The only thing to do is to provide
What are the
The most common symptoms are:
- the appearance of a lump or bump on the body
- weight loss
- a lack of appetite
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symptoms may appear, depending on the type of cancer:
- a limp
- a cough
- difficulty breathing
- incurable wounds
- bleeding from the openings (mouth, nasal …)
Is there a treatment?
In case of a very localized tumor, it is possible to remove it by surgery. In this case, this can sometimes be enough to cure the animal if the tumor has not had time to develop to other parts of the body (to metastasize). Amputation can also sometimes be necessary. But be aware that cancer can always re-offend.
It is also possible to use radiotherapy or chemotherapy. If the animal is likely to heal or live long with its cancer, a heavy healing treatment will be offered to put all the chances on its side to survive. On the other hand, if the cancer is already too developed and presents itself as incurable, a palliative treatment intended to improve its quality of life will be more adapted. Here, the objective is to keep the animal alive and in pleasant conditions (without suffering) for as long as possible, since it could not withstand a heavy treatment.