You can't go a single day without hearing an uplifting story about someone's trials with cancer and how they are striving to beat this debilitating disease.
Despite all of this attention, people aren't nearly as aware of how this problem can affect their dogs nearly as much as themselves with recent information from the Veterinary Cancer Center showing that cancer is the number one natural cause of death in older pets.
Canines actually get cancer at roughly the same rate as people except one in four dogs will die of it, just like with people, early detection and treatment is key in combating cancer in your pets.
With advancements in cancer study and treatments cancer is no longer a 'death sentence' for your pet and they can still live a long and happy life after receiving the diagnosis so long as the proper steps are taken.
This is in fact the goal of most veterinary cancer specialists, to preserve the quality of life for your pet without putting them through the harder treatments that humans go through to avoid forcing them to deal with the highly unpleasant side effects that accompany these methods.
Once you suspect your pet has cancerous tumors or have found malignant growths, it is important to visit your vet in order to have lab work and tests done that will confirm if your pet has cancer or not.
If you receive a confirmation that your dog does have cancer, don't panic! As has already been said, treatment exists and is more affordable then cancer treatment for people so you shouldn't have much trouble in getting treatment for your pet.
This treatment is very similar to human treatment methods and will usually take the form of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, surgery, or some combination thereof that suits your dog's needs and will usually include palliative care.
Palliative care isn't a treatment on its own but is dedicated towards reducing the pain and suffering of the patient, your dog, and is ensures your pet continues to live as happy a life as possible while undergoing treatment.
Since a dog or cat's life time simply isn't as long as a person's, veterinary professionals place a higher emphasize on the quality of their patient's life since it can make the difference between your pet recovering well from their treatment and living for many more happy years or not! It is very important that pet owners seek immediate testing and treatment for their dogs if they discover a lump in their pet or discover that their animal companion has begun to behave oddly.
Catching the cancer early one can make the difference between treatments 'curing' the disease or not but the responsibility is on the pet owner in this regard.
The owners of obese pets in particular need to pay careful attention for the signs of tumors and, if found, to take the appropriate steps, as well as any owners who notice that their dogs haven't quite been themselves lately.
No one is sure why canines suffer from cancer as much as they do, so it is up to pet owners to keep an eye out for any suspicious lumps or behavior on their pet's behalf.