IT’S NOT JUST A LUMP!
When we hear the word cancer our minds automatically think the worst! But many types of cancer can be prevented, treated and managed.
Cancer is a disease characterised by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. There are more than 100 types and any part of the body can be affected . Below we are going to look at the top 3 cancers we see at PetPassion.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Commonly known as skin cancer. SCC is a cancer of the epidermal cells in the skin of animals. Animals with a white/pale pigmented skin are more at risk and certain dog and horse breeds are more prone to getting SCC than others. Dogs that love to sun tan make life challenging and should be encourage to stay in the shade- we know this is difficult! A rash on the belly of your dog should be taken seriously and we strongly advise bringing your faithful fourlegged friend in for a check up. Cat owners, please take note, a crusty nose could mean something more and should be investigated further.
SCC can be prevented by applying a pet friendly sun protection lotion, especially in the hot summer months. There are even now tattoos available for light pigmentation around eyes and nose.
Animals can now receive benefits from chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Mammary Gland Tumor/Breast Cancer
Mammary Gland tumors occur more frequently in older, unsterilized female dogs. The prognosis is much better if the lump is removed when still small. If you should feel any lump or abnormality please bring your pet in for a check up.
The best for prevention is to have your pet sterilized. It has been shown that female dogs sterilized before they come into heat for the first time (which can be as early as 6 months) have a less than 0.05% chance of getting breast cancer. Those sterilized before their second heat have less than 8%. After this the chances increase dramatically.
TRANSMISSIBLE VENEREAL TUMOR (TVT)
TVT is a sexually transmitted cancer that can affect both male and female dogs. Symptoms may be subtle in the beginning but get progressively worse. You may observe a red, tumorous mass bulging out of the surface membrane of the vagina, or on the penis. The tissue mass may break off upon manipulation. Blood drops may also be observed dripping from the vagina or penile foreskin. The dog will usually lick the affected area frequently. Sterilizing your dog is the number 1 prevention. Preventing your dog from roaming will also reduce the risk of your pet getting TVT.
Chemotherapy has proven to be very effective in treating TVT. It is a 4-8 week course depending on the severity of the cancer.
Please feel free to contact us for further information, prevention, treatment and quotations