November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month!
Did you know that dogs and cats get cancer at about the same rate humans do? If you’re one of the many people who considers your pet as your child, then you can agree that it’s devastating to find out that your beloved furball has cancer. Now is a great time to get annual veterinary exams for your pets to be sure to catch cancer in its early stages.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, some warning signs of cancer are:
- Persistent, abnormal swelling
- Sores that do not heal
- Loss of weight
- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
- Offensive odor
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
- Persistent lameness or stiffness
- Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
Just like humans, pets can also get breast cancer. Female dogs that have not been spayed are more prone to mammary cancer which is one good reason to spay or neuter your pets. Cancer is the leading cause of death for our older pets, so if you are the parent of a senior pet, be sure to get him examined by a veterinarian.
Paying for cancer treatments can get very expensive and no one wants to make difficult treatment decisions because of their financial situation. This is a good time to think about pet insurance for your pets. With Trupanion, if your pet is enrolled before any clinical signs of cancer appear, cancer treatments and surgeries will be covered for the life of your pet. After finding out your pet has cancer, the last thing you want to worry about is the cost.
*Find out how Trupanion covered the costs of Tyson’s cancer treatments.
*Update – 11/10/09 – Trupanion paid a claim today totaling $3,501.00 to cover lymphoma treatment costs for Charter the dog. We are wishing him the best during his recovery.
To learn more about pet cancer facts and signs, read AVMA’s Cancer Brochure.