May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Pet cancer awareness month

Pet Cancer Is the #1 Disease-Related Killer of our Dogs and Cats.

  • You probably don’t realize it, but dogs and cats get cancer at approximately the same rate as people do. Unfortunately, 80% of pet parents know little or nothing about pet cancer.
  • That’s why it’s so important to learn all you can about the disease. The Blue Buffalo Foundation for Pet Cancer Research, through the Pet Cancer Awareness (PCA) program, is devoted to raising awareness about the warning signs of cancer, as well as educating pet parents about ways to minimize the risk.
  • With your help, it’s our hope that we can one day find a cure for this devastating disease.

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Pet Cancer Signs

Just as in people, early detection is critical. That’s why it’s so important to check your pet regularly.

Early Pet Cancer Warning Signs, As Identified By
The Veterinary Cancer Society.

  1. Persistent, abnormal swelling
  2. Sores that do not heal
  3. Loss of weight
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  6. Offensive odor
  7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
  8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
  10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
  11. If your pet has any of these early warning signs, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete examination.

What Causes Pet Cancer?

Just as in people, early detection is critical. That’s why it’s so important to check your pet regularly.


Due to improper breeding practices certain breeds of dogs are genetically prone to canine cancer including:

  • Golden Retrievers
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Rottweilers
  • Bernese Mountain Dogs
  • Boxers

When choosing a dog or a cat, question the breeder as to the incidence of canine or feline cancer in the line. And always avoid animals that have been “mass” bred in puppy and kitten farms or “mills”.


It has been clinically proven that over-vaccinations can actually weaken your pet’s immune system, setting the stage for pet cancer. Sadly, cats can now suffer from a specific type of feline cancer named “Vaccine Induced Fibro Sarcoma.” It develops at the vaccine site on your pet’s skin as a direct side effect of over-vaccination.

While initial puppy and kitten vaccinations are required and necessary, try to avoid automatically vaccinating every year. Speak with your veterinarian about spreading out the vaccinations and inoculate only those for diseases that are prevalent in your geographical area.

It’s also a good idea to check your pet’s immunity with a blood titer test before vaccinating. If your veterinarian is not familiar with a lab that does titer testing, suggest that he or she contact Antech Diagnostics for titer testing information (800-872-1001). You may also want to confer with a holistic veterinarian who is knowledgeable in minimizing the potential side effects of vaccines after they are given.

Environmental And Food Toxins

Do a “Toxic Screening” of your household and environment. Exposure to chemicals in the environment and even small daily doses of chemical additives and preservatives in their food can build up and be carcinogenic. That’s why it’s important to take a serious look at the products you have around your house, get rid of the toxic ones, and substitute safer products.

A variety of reports from the EPA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the California Department of Fish and Game confirm the hazards of environmental and household toxins including lawn fertilizers, detergents, and cleaners. These all have warning labels relative to children and pets, and many veterinarians see a link between environmental toxins and pet cancer.

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