Education Is the Best Line of Defense Against Pet Cancer

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National Pet Cancer Awareness Month in November prompts people to fight pet cancer. The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) understands the best line of defense is education and encourages the pet-owning public to learn more about cancer by visiting its veterinarian-written and peer-reviewed pet health website, TexVetPets.org.

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Approximately one in four dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer in their lifetime, according to the Animal Cancer Foundation.

Animals are not immune to cancer. Approximately one in four dogs and one in five cats will develop cancer in their lifetime, according to the Animal Cancer Foundation. These statistics emphasize the importance of supporting National Pet Cancer Awareness Month in November, a time designated to prompt people to fight pet cancer. The Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) understands the best line of defense is education and encourages the pet-owning public to learn more about cancer by visiting its veterinarian-written and peer-reviewed pet health website, TexVetPets.org.

TexVetPets provides accurate and reliable information on a range of pet health topics, including cancer. The website’s articles on cancer cover diagnostic testing, treatment options and prognoses. TVMA member Suzanne Brown, DVM, who practices at Belton Small Animal Clinic in Belton and runs Central Texas Mobile Veterinary Ultrasound, wrote the article and focused on the variability of cancer.

“Some cancers manifest themselves in the form of a mass of abnormal cells called a tumor, while others affect cells in the blood or lymph system,” Dr. Brown wrote in the article. “The causes are varied, as are the treatments and prognoses. More serious types of cancers can spread or metastasize to other locations within the body.”

Dr. Brown explains how there is no single blood test for cancer and delves deeper into the many treatment options. This comprehensive article on cancer is just a sample of the reputable content available on the site. Dr. Brown directs her clients to the site not only for articles related to cancer but also for a number of other pet health conditions.

“I often will print out articles for clients when I make a diagnosis,” Dr. Brown said. “I like having something to refer to so that they can understand the diagnosis in layman terms.”

These reader-friendly articles help pet owners develop a deeper understanding of their pet’s conditions and make well-informed decisions about their pet’s health. Pet owners may be better equipped to fight pet cancer after consuming articles on the site that highlight the importance of early detection, cover common clinical signs of cancer and list the most effective treatment options.

Aside from educating yourself on the disease, contributing to oncology research organizations that search for a cure and partnering with your veterinarian are crucial to the fight against pet cancer. Veterinary professionals help you prevent and/or slow the progression of cancer as they identify early signs of cancer and recommend an effective treatment plan to ensure a good quality-of-life for your pet. You can learn more about pet cancer by reviewing TexVetPets articles on this topic, including https://www.texvetpets.org/article/cancer/ and https://www.texvetpets.org/article/breast-cancer-in-pets/. When you’re in need of information on other pet health topics, such as clinic etiquette, zoonotic diseases, weight-loss plans and caring for senior pets, visit TexVetPets.org at https://www.texvetpets.org/.

About the Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Founded in 1903, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association is a professional association composed of more than 3,700 veterinarians committed to protecting public health, promoting high educational, ethical and moral standards within the veterinary profession and educating the public about animal health and its relationship to human health. For more information, call 512/452-4224 or visit http://www.tvma.org.

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Dena Goldstein
Texas Veterinary Medical Association
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