Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in older animals. Just like humans, pets’ health declines with age. The most common cancers seen in dogs are mammary cancers, lymphoma, leukemia, osteosarcomas, mast cell tumors, and skin cancers, and the most common cancers seen in cats are lymphoma, soft-tissue sarcoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.

We recommend scheduling vet appointments twice a year for animals aged 6 and older. During the exam, our friendly and knowledgeable veterinarians will check for lumps and bumps; masses on your pet’s belly; abnormal sounds in their heart or lungs; and abnormalities in their eyes, ears, and mouth. Depending on the results, the veterinarian may recommend additional screenings, such as blood tests and X-rays.

In addition to scheduling regular vet appointments, it is important that pet owners practice prevention by creating a lifestyle that’s conducive to dog or cat health. For example, to reduce the risk of cancer in pets, we suggest making sure your pet has good nutrition, including omega-3 fatty acids, and gets plenty of exercise.

The best chance for successful treatment is with an early diagnosis. To improve cat health and dog health, schedule regular veterinary examinations at least once a year. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, the vets at Woodside Animal Hospital will use state-of-the-art technology and innovative treatments to cure or improve their quality of life. Additionally, we work closely with specialists in diagnosing and treating pets with cancer to provide pets with the latest advancements in cancer therapy.

For more information about cat health and dog health contact, us and we would be glad to help!