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The statistics about cancer in our pets are astounding and are definitely not in favor of our companion canines and felines. Credit: Thinkstock According to PetCancerAwareness.org: –Cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all disease-related pet deaths each year (via The Veterinary Cancer Center) –Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans (via the American Veterinary Medical Association) –Approximately 1 in 4 dogs develops a tumor of some kind during his lifetime (via the American Veterinary Medical Association) If you're not already aware, I have endured the process of putting my own pet through surgery and chemotherapy to resolve his cancer. It's been a challenging yet inspirational ...

You brought your cat to the veterinary clinic with vague signs, perhaps some loss of energy and odd behavior. These symptoms weren't all that concerning, but now you've been shocked by the news that your cat likely has a brain tumor. This has to be the end of the road for her, right? Not necessarily. Credit: Thinkstock The most common type of brain tumor in cats is a meningioma. One study found that 56 percent of reported brain tumors in cats were meningiomas. Actually, calling the condition a "brain tumor" is a bit of a misnomer. The abnormal cells forming the mass don't originate in the brain but in the membrane that covers it (the meninges). The tumor's location on the outer surface of ...

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are confusing topics. When complicated terminology is combined with the anxiety associated with a diagnosis of cancer, it's easy to understand how things become blurry. Further complicating things are those veterinarians who cross specialties. How can an owner be expected to keep it all straight Credit: Shutterstock Chemotherapy is defined as the use of chemical substances to treat disease. Conventionally, we think of chemotherapy in relation to treating cancer. Chemotherapy can be administered orally, intravenously (through a vein), topically (on the skin), subcutaneously (under the skin), intramuscularly (into a muscle), intratumorally (injected directl...

It's been over six months since we began the long journey of Cardiff's cancer diagnosis and treatment, but the end has been reached and the outcome is ideal. Credit: Thinkstock On June 25, 2014 Cardiff finished his course of University of Wisconsin-Madison Canine Lymphoma Protocol (CHOP) chemotherapy and had a repeat abdominal ultrasound, revealing no evidence of new masses nor any other concerning abnormalities inside his abdomen. So, the milestone has been reached and it's time to go back to our lives as normal ... so we hope. Is Cardiff Cancer-Free? Cardiff was technically in cancer remission after his exploratory abdominal surgery to remove the mass on his loop of small intestine in...

Best Food for Pets with Cancer

Nutrition can play a significant role in the management of dogs and cats with cancer, a predominant illness and killer among pets. But how? Credit: Getty Creative RELATED: Who's For Safer Pet Foods? The FDA, For One Although the ideal nutritional requirements for pets with cancer remains unknown, we do know that these animals show signs of alterations in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and that changes in the metabolism of these nutrients will often precede any clinical signs of disease and/or cachexia. Therefore, general dietary recommendations for pets with cancer typically consist of a combination of: –Small amounts of complex carbohydrates (crude fiber levels > 2...

Tips for Preventing Cancer in Cats

Cats are susceptible to many of the same diseases that can affect humans. Cancer is no exception. Cats can and do get cancer, albeit not as commonly as dogs and people. Unfortunately, in cats, cancer tends to be more aggressive. Credit: Thinkstock Obviously, not all cases of cancer can be prevented. There is likely a genetic component involved that makes some cats more susceptible. However, there are some things that the average cat owner can do to help prevent cancer for many cats. Let's talk about a few of those preventive measures. Spaying/neutering is something that is recommended for all cats not used for breeding, for reasons of population control. However, for female cats, being sp...