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Your pet’s routine wellness exam plays an important role against the development of disease. The chance to detect an illness as early as possible increases the odds that treatment will be effective and long-lasting. In the case of a pet cancer diagnosis, there’s a great deal to consider and worry about. Unfortunately, pet cancer is not uncommon. The good news is that many types can be treated successfully. We are here to help you navigate the choppy waters so you can help your pet through.

Everything Changes

Pet cancer can cause obvious symptoms or none at all. Any abnormalities that we find during an exam are carefully evaluated and tested. Whether we detect a lump or bump, swollen lymph nodes, or pain in the muscles or bones, we use diagnostics to do further testing.

In Perspective

Many pets respond to treatment and live normal, healthy lives. Advances in modern veterinary medicine help our companion animals live longer than ever before. As life expectancy for pets grows, so, too, do cancer rates. In fact, one in four dogs may develop cancer at some point in their lives. 

Choosing Wisely

Owners faced with a pet cancer diagnosis may feel a great deal of panic, fear, and stress. To reduce the negative impact of overwhelming emotions that come with this territory, we offer some general guidelines to help you find ways of coping.

We encourage pet owners to choose their websites carefully when conducting online research. The internet can create more anxiety when it comes to your unique pet’s situation and possibly create obstacles to your pet’s treatment plan. If you have any questions about your pet’s health condition, please call us for more information.

Coping With Pet Cancer

Of the many possible strategies to cope with pet cancer, we recommend having a strict routine in place. This will give order to your day and help your pet anticipate what’s next. You might have appointments and medications to maintain, and keeping a schedule is the best way to stay on top of it all. If you and your pet can tolerate exercise and enrichment, be sure to make time every day for them.

Additionally, pet owners can find their way through the experience in these ways:

  • Uphold organizational tactics that help you understand their treatment and prognosis.
  • Know all of your pet’s options. Keep a list of questions handy and try to find ways to measure progress. 
  • Keep track of all costs. Some pet insurance companies cover cancer treatments, others may not. Either way, you’ll likely want to be in control of the associated costs so you can make appropriate choices for your pet’s future.
  • Stay as calm and patient as possible. Treating pet cancer is not an overnight process. It can take time to reach the other side. We encourage you to reach out for help if you need it. This experience can be devastating and isolating for many pet owners, but it doesn’t have to be when you have a circle of support around you. 

If you have any questions about your pet’s health, please call us at  (732) 387-7977. We are always here for you at Mobile Vet M.D.