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Cancer and pets – Things you should know


Not many people can easily imagine that one day their pet could fall prey to cancer. It may be because cancer sounds like a disease that only humans can suffer from, or simply because the moment they bring home a pet they don’t think about the possibility of the animal getting sick in its old age. The thing is cancer does affect pets and knowing a few things about it and how it manifests in your loveable companions can prepare you for it and also give you the right tools to fight it.


What’s the chance of your pet falling ill with cancer?

While there are not currently many studies to show an exact incidence of cancer in pets, they are starting to appear. Some conducted on dogs in the UK shows an interesting fact. Dogs can develop cancer more likely after they reach 6 years of age, but that occurrence falls after the age of 10.

Another study, carried in Canada, showed that cats seem less likely than dogs to develop cancer. On the other hand, when that happens, the cats tend to suffer from malignant tumors in a more significant number than dogs.

While more research is needed, one recommendation stands. Try to prepare for the event that your pet might fall ill, especially with the advancement in age.

Plan routine visits to the vet

Pets are not that different than humans when it comes to cancer. Regular visits to the veterinarian’s office will catch the onset of a disease in its early stage, and that means that treatments can be more effective. You can ensure a long happy life for your pet if you take these cautionary measures in advance.


Be aware of vaccines and their risks

While you may be interested in providing your pet with the utmost care, and that means taking it to the vet for vaccines, you should know that some of them may cause problems in the long run, or just there is a chance that they influence your pet’s health by leading to cancer in the later years.

Educate yourself on vaccines and the risks that might be present for your pet. Your veterinarian will be ready to answer all your questions.


Protect your pet by leading a healthy life yourself

You might be surprised to learn that pets suffer from second-hand smoke, just like humans. That means that you should focus on leading a healthy life, too, by avoiding to smoke indoors, and by ensuring that the environment in your home is livable.

That could help you, too. Both your pet and you will be able to lead longer happier lives if you pay attention to the conditions in your household.