Petsecure Pet Heath Insurance
| Nov 26, 2013
November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month and in our latest pet health video, Dr. Colleen is talking about intestinal lymphoma -- one of the most common causes of internal cancers in cats.
Cats with intestinal lymphoma tend to be middle-aged or senior animals, and the signs can be subtle. Often cat owners think their pets are "just getting older, as signs can include a decrease in energy and some weight loss.
In some cases there will be gastrointestinal signs like vomiting and diarrhea. If diarrhea becomes chronic and can't be treated by simple fixes like a change of diet or medication, it's important to check with your veterinarian.
Blood testing, x-rays and diagnostic testing such as ultrasounds or CT scans can help with a diagnosis In a lot of cases vets recommend surgery to get biopsies of the intestines and the stomach.
While intestinal lymphoma can be a very serious disease, many cats have the less aggressive form. With special diets and chemotherapy -- which in many cases is just oral medication -- we can see these cats live for many years, feeling very well and healthy.
In recognition of Pet Cancer Awareness Month, we're also we're making a donation to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)'s Oncology Research Fund. There are a number of ways you can help our donation grow with only a few clicks