A few helpful tips on cancer in pets from my friends at Texas A&M….
With the month of May in full swing, so is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. All pets, regardless of size and breed, are at risk for developing cancer. However, there are certain breeds of dogs that have higher instances of the disease than others.
Certain breeds, such as golden retrievers, Rottweilers, and German shepherds are considered at-risk breeds and have a higher risk of getting cancer. According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, these breeds can have up to a 70-80 percent chance of getting cancer in their lifetime.
Of course, middle aged-older dogs are more likely to develop diseases such as cancer than younger dogs. “Just like in people, however, the earlier that cancer is detected, the greater chance there will be of achieving remission,” said Jaci Christensen, oncology veterinary technician at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
One goal of Pet Cancer Awareness Month is to inform pet owners of symptoms to look for in their pet. The Veterinary Cancer Society suggests checking your pet regularly for signs such as swollen lymph nodes, sudden weight loss, enlarged lumps, vomiting, diarrhea, and lameness. If your dog or cat displays any of these warning signs, consult with your veterinarian as soon as you can.
If your veterinarian does find cancer, there are various treatment options including natural therapies. Once you know which type of cancer you’re fighting, the various treatment options can then be discussed with your veterinarian.
“Conventional cancer treatment in dogs and cats is similar to that of humans, including treatment options such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery,” said Christensen. “However, surprisingly, chemotherapy’s side effects tend to be less severe in our pets than in humans.” Still there are many pets treated successfully without chemotherapy, and many cancers do not require chemotherapy. In my practice in Plano, Tx, all of my cancer patients are treated with natural medicines which typically adds 6-12 months of high quality life for the pet with cancer.
Veterinarians stress that wellness checks 6-12 months are key to cancer prevention. Early cancer testing with new blood profiles add to our ability to diagnose cancer at an early stage, making it more treatable. To ensure the cancer is detected in time, it is urged that pet owners take their pets to the veterinarian for blood work and biopsies if cancer is suspected.
Learning that your beloved pet has cancer is never easy, but discovering it early on ensures a better chance of survival and an increased quality of life. Although May is Pet Cancer Awareness month, spread the awareness of cancer’s prevalence amongst our four-legged friends all throughout the year, and be sure to check for signs both at home and during your regular visits to the veterinarian.
As you know, my colleague Dr. Ballard recently retired. We are honored to be able to offer the same high quality alternative medical care for all of her patients.
We have seen many of her patients and appreciate their commitment to helping their pets with a natural focus. Because we are seeing so many of her patients and our own, we ask you to be patient with us as we try to fit you into our schedule. We will do everything possible to see your pets at the earliest possibility.
We know that since her closing her practice it is not possible to get copies of your records. No worries as we will work with you to figure out what your pets need.
Like Dr. Ballard, we offer care using Chinese herbs and homeopathics. We also offer naturopathic care using Western herbs, acupuncture, cold laser, homotoxicology, autosanguis detoxification therapy, and unique protocols for patients suffering from chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, allergies, arthritis, and endocrine/hormonal disorders including thyroid and adrenal diseases. Finally, we offer a complete line of unique nutritional supplements in the Dr. Shawn’s line of naturopathic products. We invite you to call us at 972-867-8800 ext 0 to set up an appointment so that we may continue the special care your pets have received from Dr. Ballard!