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                                          Cancer

 

Cancer is a common problem. 1 in 4 animals will get some sort of tumour in their life & maybe 43% of dogs over 10 years of age may die from cancer. However many forms of cancer are curable if treated quickly.

Certain giant breeds seem to have a genetic susceptibility that may be due to rapid growth characteristics. However truly hereditary cancers are rare in dogs.

Treatment is very much worth doing as soon as possible, giving the animals a return to excellent quality of life. Forms of chemotherapy used on animals seem to avoid the unpleasant side effects of nausea, vomiting & diarrhoea.

Here are 10 common signs of cancer in animals

1. Abnormal swelling or lump that grows.

2. Sores that do not heal.

3. Loss of appetite.

4. Offensive breath.

5. Unexplained weight loss.

6. Difficulty eating or swallowing.

7. Persistent lameness.

8. Difficulty urinating or defecating.

9. Breathlessness or loss of stamina.

10.Bleeding or discharge from a body opening.

If you see or your dog expoeriences ANY of the above symptoms, you MUST seek Veterinary Advice.

For further information contact The Animal Cancer Trust which is a registered charity helping to fight cancer in our pets.   www.animalcancertrust.org.uk