Watch for Cancer Signs in Cat

Pet Cancer Awareness Month is near, and cat owners should remember to look out for these six signs of cat cancer.

Posted: September 2, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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A Pet Cancer Awareness Walk in November will draw attention to the prevalence of dog and cat cancer.
As part of Pet Cancer Awareness Month, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) of Brea, Calif., in conjunction with the Animal Cancer Foundation, will host the VPI K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk in Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, to raise funds for dog and cat cancer research.

VPI began recognizing November as National Pet Cancer Awareness Month in 2005 to call attention to the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. In 2010, VPI received 40,000 claims for cancer diagnosis and treatment in cats and dogs, making cancer-related the fourth most common type of medical claim received by the company last year.

“It’s important for people to realize the prevalence of this disease among companion animals,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “Pet owners should become familiar with the signs and symptoms of pet cancer, as well as consider the financial responsibilities involved with the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.”

To ensure early dog and cat cancer detection, the company recommends that dog and cat owners monitor the following:

•    Any growing lump or sore that fails to heal.
•    Drastic changes in appetite or weight.
•    Unusually strong odors.
•    Discharge or bleeding from any opening.
•    Difficulty chewing or swallowing.
•    Unwillingness to exercise.

More tips and information on Pet Cancer Awareness Month, along with registration info for the K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk, can be found here.
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Gabby    Gaya, AZ

9/20/2011 10:44:11 AM

Good article.

Pat    Omaha, NE

9/7/2011 5:06:47 AM

good article

Jonathan    Scottsdale, AZ

9/7/2011 12:01:05 AM

Very helpful.

Hadley    Boise, ID

9/6/2011 2:49:50 PM

Great awareness article! So many pet owners don't know how prevalent cancer is in pets-- which is why pet insurance is so important to look into. I work for a company called Pets Best Insurance ( We have an article posted on our site, written by guest blogger, Tracie Hotchner, that gives an overview of how pet insurance can help in the event of a cancer diagnosis. Here it is: LINK

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