National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

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Always keep an eye on your pet’s health!

Since 2005, pet owners have become increasingly aware of the threat of cancer in their furry friends thanks to November’s annual campaign as Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Pet cancer is on the rise, with more and more pets being diagnosed every year. If caught early, your pet can be treated and has a better chance of  living a long and healthy life.

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. in the U.S. reported 48,000 claims for pet cancer in 2011. The most frequently diagnosed types of cancer in pets are the following:

  1. Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma
  2. Skin Cancer (Malignant Skin Neoplasia)
  3. Splenic (Spleen) Cancer
  4. Bone or Joint Cancer
  5. Hepatic (Liver) Cancer
  6. Thoracic (Chest) Cancer
  7. Bladder Cancer
  8. Brain or Spinal Cord Cancer
  9. Oral (Mouth) Cancer

Cancer doesn’t have to be life-threatening by being vigilant about your pet’s health. Keep an eye out for any health or behaviour abnormalities, like a growing sore or lump that isn’t healing. If your pet is unusually lethargic or unwilling to exercise, gains or loses a drastic amount of weight in a short period of time or has discharge or bleeding from any part of their body. Always consult with your vet if you have any questions or concerns.

Pet owners are advised to consider pet insurance to prevent costly veterinary bills. Having an insurance provider to handle to the high costs of life-saving treatment, especially with a disease like cancer, can give pet owners peace of mind. Visit www.ospcainsurance.ca to learn more.

As an animal lover all the work you do

As an animal lover all the work you do to help ensure that every dog and cat can find their forever home that is filled with love is greatly appreciated.

-Louie