Cancer is one of the leading causes of death throughout the world. It is a disease caused by mutated cells dividing uncontrollably which damages healthy tissues within the body. This disease has many types and can be found in all locations of the body. This may lead you to wonder, can pets get cancer? Watch a video at the Blue Buffalo youtube channel to find out.
The answer to this is yes. Many types of animals get cancer. And many of them also die from it. Cancer in cats is very common, especially as they age. Compared to dogs and other species, when cats get cancer, it tends to be very aggressive and deadly. It is far harder to treat.
Lymphoma is the most common cancer type in cats. It is generally caused by the feline leukemia virus. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is the disease-fighting network of the body. As you can probably tell from its description, this type of cancer is very dangerous and can compromise the normal disease-fighting functions in the body.
Typically, without treatment, the cat will last 2 months. With chemotherapy the cat can usually have another year added to their lifespan, however, the disease isn’t usually put into remission. Some cases, depending on the age of the cat and cancer, all that is needed is a removal of the tumor. However, that is not the typical case.
Many cat owners decide not to treat their cat, due to its age and the pain that treatment would cause. Other factors include the knowledge that even with treatment the cat will perish, the unwillingness to scare the cat with treatment and the vet, along with limited money. Treatments are expensive and it is also especially hard to treat the cat only to see its pain continue for a more protracted period.
Some pet owners try natural remedies in order to help their pets cope with the pain. Some of these approaches include herbal remedies and holistic medicine. It is a good approach when you know your pet doesn’t have long, but you are willing to try to make their remaining days as pain-free as possible.
No matter what is chosen. Feline cancer is a serious problem and can cause agony for both the cat and cat owner. Just like with humans, catching the disease as early as possible can help beat the odds.
Some of the early warning signs of feline cancer include sudden and drastic weight loss, lumps or open sores on the body, loss of appetite, and no longer drinking, lethargic behavior, bleeding that is unexplained, and urine and bowel problems. Some other signs are falling out of hair, loss of interest, weakness, labored breathing, and odor.
If your cat shows any of the signs, even if it may not be cancer, your cat should be taken to the vet immediately.
Like many other animals, cats do get cancer. Catching it early and attempting to treat it may help in order to drive the cancer into remission. Take good care of your furry pal and make sure to keep your eyes open for the warning signs.