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Cancer and Pets

Cancer is very common in pets and it tends to be more so as age increases.   It accounts for almost one half the deaths of pets over 10 years of age.   

Diagnosis of cancer can be difficult and it may require blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, or biopsies for confirmation.   Some cancers are preventable such as breast cancer.

Spaying your pet between the ages of six to 12 months will greatly reduce the risks of breast cancer.   

Treatment varies with the type and location of the tumor.   Some are treated by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or sometimes all of the above.

Common signs of cancer in animals:

  • Sores that do not heal

  • weight loss

  • loss of appetite

  • bleeding or discharge

  • offensive odors

  • difficulty eating/swallowing

  • hesitation to exercise

  • persistent lameness

  • difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

 

Quail Roost Animal Hospital
Julio A. Ibáñez, D.V.M.
10575 S.W. 186 Street (Quail Roost Drive)
Miami, Florida   33157
(305) 235-4991 Office