The best veterinary oncologists can help to shed light on cancer in pets, as well as the best treatments. While we may not be able to find the cause of cancer for any individual, there are certain things that can increase the risk for cancer to develop in a pet:
- Genetics – Although cancer can develop in any pet, certain breeds of dogs have a significantly increased risk of developing cancer. This includes but is not limited to Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Flat Coat Retrievers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Bouvier Des Flanders, Boxers, Scottish Terriers, Rottweilers and German Shepherds. In cats, there does not appear to be a correlation between certain breeds and an increased risk of developing cancer. If your pet’s breed is mentioned above, it helps to be extra vigilant when looking for signs of cancer in your pet.
- Exposure to carcinogenic agents – Just like with people, exposure to certain chemicals can increase the potential for causing damage to cells and increasing the risk of cancer formation in your pet. Making sure your pet stays exposed to a healthy, safe environment can help to reduce the risk of cancer in your pet.
- Sun – Increased exposure to UV or other types of radiation may make a pet more prone to certain types of cancer. Feel free to ask our veterinary oncologists about some of the most effective preventative measures when it comes to keeping your pet safe in the sun.
- Viral infections – Cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) have an increased risk for various cancers.
While our veterinary oncology team can help to detect and treat cancer, an informed pet owner can help to reduce exposing pets to additional risk. If you see signs of illness or cancer in your pet, or any of the above symptoms, contact your veterinarian or our team of veterinary oncologists as soon as possible.