National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pet Cancer Awareness month! Did you know that after the age of 10, dogs have a 50% chance of developing cancer? Cats are less likely to develop cancers, and our other furry, feathered and scaled pets are also vulnerable to cancers. In light of this, we’ve compiled the 10 most common signs of cancer for all pets, and a few cautionary steps to help your pet have the best chance of not developing cancer in their lifetime.

10 Warning Signs for Pets

  1. Abnormal swelling that persists and or grows
  2. Sores that don’t heal, lumps or bumps that oddly appear
  3. Weight loss
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Bleeding/ discharge from anybody opening (including but not limited to vomiting, diarrhea
  6. Offensive odor
  7. Difficulty swallowing or eating
  8. Hesitation to exercise and or loss of stamina, lethargy and or depression.
  9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
  10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating (change in bathroom habits)


Cautionary Steps

  1. Spay/ neuter at a young age can prevent reproductive cancers
  2. Healthy diet and exercise
  3. Quick action and vet assistance
  4. Antioxidants and or vitamins daily.

Four Common Types of Cancers

  1. Mammary Gland Cancer
  2. Lymphoma
  3. Mast Cell tumor
  4. Bone Cancer

Did you know…?

…that of the cats that have cancer, Lymphoma is the most common, which is associated with feline leukemia virus (FeLV). While there is a vaccine for FeLV, some cats may still be exposed. Lovely siberian cat with newborn kitten close-up ** Note: Slight blurriness, best at smaller sizes … birds are at a somewhat high risk of for cancers, with parakeets, budgies and cockatiels being more common. Genetics and trauma are two very common reasons why birds develop cancers?


… in rabbits, the most common form of cancer is in the reproductive organs and so unspayed females are at a higher risk for cancer?

… and in amphibians and reptiles, the most common form is skin cancer, and they can be a bit difficult to treat since they’re blood vessels are so well hidden.