Helping your pet fight cancer
Hearing a cancer diagnosis for your beloved pet can certainly feel traumatic and overwhelming. But just like with humans, cancer in pets is not an automatic death sentence.
- Make an informed decision about your pet’s cancer treatment:
- Consider all of your options
- Gather information
- Ask questions
- Seek support
You may be surprised to learn that pets often handle chemotherapy treatments for cancer better than humans. During this time, it’s very important for you to seek knowledge about your pet’s diagnosis, continue to provide a loving environment for your pet, and surround yourself with people who care and will support you.
Day By Day provides information and support to pet caregivers in the fight against pet cancer. This information will help you become more educated and spur you to seek further information from a veterinary oncologist who may be able to help your pet. In addition, Day By Day offers support groups such as the online Yahoo group and telephone hotline where you can learn from people whose pets have cancer and from those who will counsel you through treatment options and decision-making.
Know the warning signs of pet cancer
The warning signs of cancer in pets are very similar to that in humans. Potential warning signs include:
- a lump or a bump
- a wound that doesn’t heal
- any kind of swelling
- enlarged lymph nodes
- a lameness or swelling in the bone
- unexplained bleeding
- abdominal distension (when the “stomach” or belly becomes rapidly enlarged)
- chronic weight loss
- chronic vomiting or diarrhea
- a dry, non-productive cough
- straining to urinate
- oral odor
Please understand that these are just potential warning signs and should not panic you, but prompt a visit to your veterinarian. For some pets, there may be little or no signs. So any time your pet isn’t feeling well, or you feel there’s something not quite right with your pet, it’s good to seek the attention of your veterinarian. It may be nothing serious, however if it is serious, then it’s smart to catch it early. Early diagnosis and treatment is key in fighting cancer.
Learn about your options and cancer treatment for pets
Seeking the knowledge of a veterinary oncologist can help you understand all aspects of your pet’s illness, so you can decide the best way to provide support and help. Cancer in pets can be treated with many of the same therapies and drugs that prove successful in treating cancer in humans such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery as well as a special diet/nutrition.
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