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Cancer in dogs and cats is very common which is not surprising. When you consider that our furry friends are living longer than ever because of vaccination, parasite control, and superior medical care – it stands to reason that something has to eventually occur to take their lives. Cancer is often that thing. Technically, cancer is a malignant tumor or growth of cells that the body doesn’t recognize as a problem. As a tumor grows it causes death by damaging other organs, outgrowing its blood supply and becoming infected, or producing chemicals that cause a myriad of problems. Fortunately, when you are bringing in your faithful companions for their yearly exams, our doctors always look (and feel) very closely for any potential tumor. If we find a suspicious lump we will often get a needle sample and look under the microscope to determine what type of tumor or cancer we are dealing with. Occasionally, it will take an actual biopsy to get an accurate diagnosis. Once we know what we are dealing with we will make a recommendation as to the most appropriate therapy. That therapy may include:
Just like your doctor tells you, it is important for you to let us examine your pet any time you see or feel a new “lump.” This is especially true in certain breeds such as Boxers that are “cancer factories.” When we find a tumor on your pet we will be sure and go over how we need to determine an accurate diagnosis and all of the options for treatment so you can make the best choice in your pet’s care.