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The Right Foods for Cats With Cancer

Taking care of a cat with cancer is hard enough, but when his or her appetite begins to wane, questions about quality of life soon follow. Watching a sick cat's food intake is very important for two reasons: 1. Cats will often lose their appetite when they don't feel well, so food intake can be used as a quality of life indicator. 2. Good nutrition is never more important than when a cat is battling cancer. Credit: Thinkstock The first step in improving a cancer patient's appetite is to try to identify anything "fixable" that might be adversely affecting a cat's willingness or ability to eat. Is the cat on any medication that could be depressing her appetite? Is discontinuing it or...

I've just returned from Minneapolis after attending the Veterinary Cancer Society's annual conference and wanted to share an exciting new treatment option for dogs with cancer. The Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) is a professional organization dedicated towards advancing cancer care for pets and includes a membership of over 800 specialists in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology plus internists, pathologists, pharmacologists, general practitioners, interns, and residents. Once a year we all gather to attend dozens of presentations on the ongoing research studies at various institutions throughout the world for pets with cancer. Topics vary, but typically include clinical trials,...

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of you are probably already aware of the risk of breast cancer for women. What you might not know is that your cat can also get breast cancer. So, let's talk a little bit about breast cancer in cats. Most veterinarians refer to breast cancer as mammary cancer, or mammary neoplasia, or mammary gland neoplasia. These are simply medical terms for breast cancer. The term mammary gland refers to breast tissue. In cats, breast cancer is the third most common form of cancer diagnosed. It is more common in cats than in humans but still less common in cats than in dogs. Obviously, breast cancer affects primarily female cats. Male cats are...

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are using dogs' cancer-sniffing abilities to develop new technology that will detect ovarian cancer early, according to the Associated Press. That dogs can smell cancer is not new information, although it hasn't been used before to develop medically reliable methods of cancer detection and diagnosis. "We're still looking to see whether something could be developed and be useful in routine patient care, and we're not there yet," said Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for...

There is a Yiddish proverb that translates to "Sometimes the remedy is worse than the disease." I often think of this adage when discussing chemotherapy with owners who are fearful of potential side effects in their pets. The biggest concern owners have when considering chemotherapy is, "Will it make my pet sick?" An owner's personal experience with cancer treatment, or that of a friend or family member, or even those garnered from the media, will color their perception of what they feel their pet will go through. It can sometimes be a struggle for me to convince them otherwise. The chemotherapy drugs we use in veterinary oncology are the same ones used to treat cancer in people. There are...

What Causes Cancer In Pets?

I'm asked this question several times per week, and I wish I knew how to answer directly, confidently, and accurately. I've addressed this subject in a previous article on this site, but I wanted to take the time to delve into some of the more complicated issues related to this controversial topic. Epidemiology is the branch of science studying the causes and effects of disease on the health and outcome of specific populations. In epidemiology, several lines of evidence together are required to infer causation. Causation can be very difficult to distinguish from what would be considered a simple association or correlation. This is because events can occur simultaneously as a result of...