Detect Pet Cancer. According to Veterinary Pet Insurance Company over 48,000 claims were received last year, making pet cancer related claims the fourth most common pet medical claim for 2011. VPI in partnership with the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) recognize November as National Pet Cancer Awareness month. In addition they are hosting the sixth annual Pet Cancer Awareness Walk in Long Beach California on November 11, 2012 to raise funds for pet cancer research. For pet owners interested in helping, VPI will match Facebook Likes by donating one dollar for each new Facebook “Like” up to ten thousand dollars. So far VPI has raised over 100 thousand dollars to help support pet cancer research.
Today, pet cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs and cats, with Lymphosarcoma which is also referred to as Lymphoma leading the way. The remaining types of pet cancer most prevalent in dogs and cats are listed below in order of prevalence.
- Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma
- Skin Cancer
- Spleen Cancer
- Bone and Joint Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Chest Cancer
- Urinary Bladder Cancer
- Brain and Spinal Cord Cancer
- Mouth Cancer
- Abdominal Cavity) Cancer
Lymphoma cancer ranks first in prevalence and cost. The average financial burden paid by pet owners to treat Lymphosarcoma averaged just under $2500.00 per pet. Policy owners shelled out over 17 million dollars to treat the top 10 types of pet cancer.
Recognizing signs of pet cancer can be very helpful for pet owners as the sooner cancer is detected, the quicker a treatment protocol can be initiated which increases the odds for a successful outcome.
What are signs of Pet Cancer?
1. Any lump that increases in size, ulcerates and /or bleeds
2. Open sores that do not heal normally
3. Severe and abrupt appetite changes
4. Dramatic weight loss in a short time span
5. Bleeding and/or discharges from any bodily orifice
6. Trouble eating and/or swallowing
7. Extreme lethargy with sudden exercise intolerance
Always check with your veterinarian any time your pet isn’t doing well.
Remember an ounce of prevention is worth far more than a pound of cure, especially when your pet’s health is at risk!