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Posted on 11-17-2016
November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
The prevalence of cancer in pets has been increasing year after year, making it the number one disease-related cause of death for dogs and cats. Just as for humans, early detection is key to a good outcome. Pet owners should be attentive to sores that don't heal, lumps that grow in size, drastic or unexplained changes in the pet's appetite or weight, difficulty swallowing, changes in exercise tolerance, unusual odors, and discharge or bleeding from any orifice. Any of these changes warrant a trip to the vet. Advances in detection and treatment offer many options to fight this disease.
The 10 most common cancers in pets, according to Nationwide Insurance:
Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma
Cancer of the spleen
Bone or joint cancer
Anal sac cancer
Brain or spinal cord cancer
During the month of November, Nationwide Insurance will donate $5 to the Animal Cancer Foundation for every photo, story, or statistic shared on social media. Submissions can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and must include the #CurePetCancer tag.
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