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Almost half the dogs over the age of ten will develop cancer at some point in their lives, and one in every five cats will be diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, there is less research on pet cancer than on human cancer. Consequently, finding accurate, helpful, and relevant information about pet cancer can be challenging. One of our main objectives is to be a resource for pet owners by providing the information you can understand:

    1. Medical terms related to pet cancer: Your vet will help you understand what your pet is going through and different treatment options. It is helpful to become comfortable with specific medical terms to understand better what is happening with you and your pet. Do not be afraid to ask questions and write notes during vet visits. We will help you become more comfortable with some of the terminology you might expect to hear during these visits.
    1. Factors increasing cancer development in pets: Cancer prevention is one of the most helpful things you can learn, especially when your pet is young. Cancer risk accumulates throughout your pet’s life due to several different factors. Keeping these in mind during your pet’s life ensures you, as the owner, can make educated decisions to decrease cancer risk over time. We help outline these factors to make it easy and accessible to all pet owners.
    1. Information related to cancer progression: Cancer is a general term for many diseases. It can be challenging to remember the various cancers and their treatments. But it is essential to learn about your pet’s diagnosis since every cancer behaves differently. Understanding your pet’s specific cancer helps ensure you can make helpful choices for your pet’s health.
    1. Available treatment options: Because there are many types of cancer, there are also many different treatment options. Your vet will discuss which treatments are best for your pet’s diagnosis, but it is helpful to understand the general protocol and available options.

Pets bring affection and companionship into our lives, love their owners unconditionally, and deserve good food, safe shelter, and lots of attention. The first step toward helping our beloved pets fight cancer is to educate ourselves. Learn as much as possible about your pet’s cancer diagnosis, including treatment options and potential side effects, to help your pet live the healthiest life possible. Remember to stay realistic but hopeful about your pet’s diagnosis. Sticking to a routine as much as possible during this time is a great way to keep them engaged and happy.

The Pet Cancer Foundation’s Website Editorial team is comprised of veterinarians, veterinary oncologists, and veterinary technicians, as well as scientific writers and editors who have attained their PhD’s in the life sciences, along with general editors and research assistants. All content found in this section goes through an extensive process with multiple review stages, to ensure this extended resource provides pet families with the most up-to-date information publicly available.

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Last Updated: August 30, 2022

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