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    Feline Cancer: What symptoms to look for and how to avoid cancers.

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    Cancer is the leading cause of death in senior cats. 
    There are many symptoms to watch for that might indicate your pet has developed a cancer. It is important to realize that many of these symptoms can be related to several other illnesses, so do not assume your cat has cancer until he has been officially diagnosed by a veterinarian.

    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Abdominal distentionR
    • Respiratory distress
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Changes in bowel consistency (diarrhea or constipation)
    • Blood or mucous in the stool
    • Unusual bleeding or discharge
    • Lameness
    • Growths that can be felt through your pets skin

    If your cat is diagnosed with cancer, many of the same treatment options available to humans are also available for pets such as Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy.
    There are steps that can be taken to avoid cancers. Having your pet spayed or neutered will drastically decrease the chances of various reproductive cancers. Feeding your cat a high quality diet and keeping him at a healthy weight will also help to prevent certain cancers. Obesity is a major cause of many cancers in pets. It is impossible to prevent all cancers and genetics also play a role in this disease. If you have any additional questions about a specific cancer or are concerned about your cat, please do not hesitate to give us a call 205-991-9580 or schedule an appointment.

     

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