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Breast Cancer Awareness and Pets

October 21, 2011 by Jillian at Tails in Featured, Home with 0 Comments

border collie in pinkDid you know your pets ar susceptible to breast cancer? It’s true. Cats, dogs, and women are a lot alike according to an article on WebMD. Animals require our attention and care to remain healthy and cancer free. As with humans, female pets are much more likely to develop a cancerous growth and removal is likely to cure almost half of those afflicted with this heart wrenching illness. For the remaining, chemotherapy and radiation are the next option. Keep in mind mammary cancer compromises 52% of all tumors found on canines.

There are many little known facts regarding breast cancer in animals. For instance the survival rate of cats is much less than canines. In dogs, removal has a much higher success rate, in cats however, even with removal, the cancer is more likely to metastasize to the bones or lungs becoming incurable.

With animals early spay and neuter dramatically decreases the risk of developing cancer. In fact, felines spayed at or around six months of age are significantly less likely to develop cancer. Facts estimate spaying before 6 months of age reduces risk by 40%-60%. The sooner the better, if you wait until after their first heat the health benefits decrease with each cycle though no matter the age, once spayed the risk begins decreasing. Feeding your pet a well-balanced diet and avoiding obesity also dramatically reduces their risk of developing cancer.

As with humans, early detection is key. The best road to prevention is awareness. It’s a proven fact that petting your animal relaxes you, but did you know petting your animal can also save their life? Keep a close eye on your pets and be aware of any changes and have them checked immediately if you do see something out of the ordinary. It could save their lives.

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