It’s October and — barring anything political — we have two topics that are going to be pushed to the top of mind for Americans. The first is Halloween, which has become a bigger economic success with each passing year. Not only are adults now dressing up, but so are pets. So, prepare to see a lot of discussion and cute pictures of pets in costume. Fun!
The other — more serious— topic we’ll be hearing about is Breast Cancer Awareness. This is the month when women especially are encouraged to do self-checks and report any lumps or bumps they may find. Ideally this is done monthly, but during Breast Cancer Awareness month, we’ll see more and more stories featuring what these self-checks can do, lives they can save, simply by catching cancer early.
The same is true for your pets: Finding lumps and bumps EARLY and having the checked out by your pet’s doctor literally saves lives.
Here’s the challenge this week:
Give your dog or cat a rub down.
Massage them a bit.
They’ll love it…
And it gives you the opportunity to feel for anything that’s “not supposed to be there.”
The warning signs for cancer in pets is similar to that of the warning signs in humans. You want to take notice of ANY lump or bump or wounds that don’t heal, and bring them to the attention of your veterinarian.
NO MATTER WHAT YOU FIND… remember that cancer is NOT an automatic death sentence. If your veterinarian recommends surgery, chemotherapy and radiation… also consider complementary treatments like acupuncture and herbal therapy. In some cases, we can make your dog healthier (even after a cancer diagnosis) than they were before the diagnosis.
So, while this is the month of “scary things that go bump in the night,” don’t let the fear of what you may find keep you from regularly assessing your pet for lumps and bumps that don’t belong.