Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) October 02, 2012
As pet parents, we share everything with our furry family members: love, friendship, joy, comfort – some even share our beds! Unfortunately, we also share the same genetic basis for certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. This October, as you’re donning that pink scarf or taking part in a walk in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Petplan pet insurance urges you to consider the impact a cancer diagnosis may have on your pet – and what you can do to give her the best fighting chance of avoiding it.
When it comes to breast cancer, dogs are slightly better off than their feline friends; around 50% of canine mammary tumors are malignant, while approximately 90% are typically malignant in cats. Like cancer in humans, breast cancer that affects our pets can metastasize to other areas of the body in both species, often spreading rapidly to the lymph nodes and lungs.
And, with an increasing number of treatment options, those lumps come with a cost. According to Petplan claims data, treatment for mammary cancer – which includes surgery to remove the lump and possibly chemotherapy – averages over $1,800 per pet, with some pets bringing home vet bills as high as $16,500.
“Despite ever-improving methods of diagnosis and treatment, cancer still represents one of the most frequent causes of death in both humans and our pets,” says Dr. Jules Benson, VP of Veterinary Services for Petplan. “Fortunately, in the case of mammary cancer in cats and dogs, there are steps you can take to not only help prevent the disease, but also to detect it early on, so your pet’s prognosis can be the best possible one.”
To help pet parents keep their feminine four-legged family members cancer-free, Petplan offers the following tips:
To learn more about keeping pets healthy, happy and safe, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com.
Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan pet insurance policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group is rated A+ by A.M. Best (2011). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan Pet Insurance Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.