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Things you should know about pet cancer

Written by

Pamela Hardman


Published on: Nov 01, 2019

Things you should know about pet cancer

With November being Pet Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a good time to educate yourself about the warning signs and risks of pet cancer. Just about everyone knows cancer’s a devastating disease, and not just for humans. In cats and dogs, it’s on the rise but if it’s caught early, your furry loved one has a better chance of getting treatment and living a long and healthy life.

Cancer affects more pets than you might think

In 2018, Petsecure policy holders submitted over 7,000 claims related to the treatment of pet cancer with the average claimed amount being over $600. According to the Ontario SPCA, the most frequently diagnosed types of pet cancer are:

  • Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma

  • Skin Cancer (Malignant Skin Neoplasia)

  • Splenic (Spleen) Cancer

  • Bone or Joint Cancer

  • Hepatic (Liver) Cancer

  • Thoracic (Chest) Cancer

  • Bladder Cancer

  • Brain or Spinal Cord Cancer

  • Oral (Mouth) Cancer

Warning signs

As always, if your pet seems like they’re not themselves or they seem “off”, you should always take them to the vet. You know best how your pet usually acts and if they seem different, it could mean something’s wrong. If your pet is experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have cancer but it’s important to know some of the warning signs.

  • Loss of appetite or difficulty eating

  • Rapid weight loss

  • Loss of interest in playing

  • Difficulty with stool or urination, or changes in stool frequency

  • Abnormal stiffness

  • Respiratory changes

  • Increased thirst and urination

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea

  • Severe lethargy

  • Lumps or bumps on the body

Pet insurance can help with the cost of cancer treatment

If your pet gets cancer sometime in its lifetime, as long as there were no signs or symptoms before your policy started or during the waiting periods, Petsecure can help cover the cost of treatment. Learn what’s covered by Petsecure and get a free quote today.

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