So you and your pet have survived the first few weeks of the new year. Congratulations...and here's hoping that the rest of the year brings more happiness and prosperity to you and yours!
One way to make sure that your pet has a wonderful life this year is to take them into your vet's office to be screened for cancer. While you're at it, you should consider having yourself screened as well. Cancer has been increasingly on the raise over the last few years and the only true cure is early detection. So even if you and your pet feel and act fine, have yourselves screened anyway, just in case there's something hiding that you are not aware of.
If your pet is still a puppy or kitten under the age of 2 years, then having a veterinary checkup once a year will usually suffice. But if your pet is over the age of 2, then it is suggested that you take him or her to visit the vet at least twice per year. During these checkups your vet should conduct a chemistry panel, complete blood work, and a urinalysis. If not, you should request them to be done. You should also request that an X-ray be taken of your pet's thoracic region - this is the area between their neck and their diaphragm.
Between these vet visits, you should spend some time every month checking over your pet's body. This is easily done during a grooming or petting session. This will give you an opportunity to run your hands along your pet's spine, stomach, and legs to feel for any abnormalities or unusual formations. If you should find any, immediately report it to your veterinarian. This simple once-over only takes a few minutes and could save your pet's life in the long run.
Signs That Your Pet May Have Cancer
Cancer causes the death of more than 50% of cats and dogs older than ten years. Therefore, it is essential to know the signs of cancer so that your pet can get the treatment they deserve.
Bumps and lumps that you can see or feel through your pet's skin
Sores that seem to get worse and do not heal properly
A rash or other type of skin irritation that seems to also get worse and refuses to heal
Any bleeding or discharge anywhere on your pet's body
Loss of appetite for more than one day
Loss of weight even though your pet is eating normally and has not had a change in their appetite
Discomfort or pain whenever your pet swallows or chews their food
Foul odor emitting from your pet
Treating Your Pet's Cancer At Home
Should your pet ever receive a veterinary diagnosis of cancer, your vet will immediately create a treatment plan. This plan could involve chemotherapy or radiation therapy sessions, medication and/or surgery. However, there are also alternative treatments options that you can do for your pet at home, such as acupuncture and homeopathy.
Homeopathy works on treating the underlying symptoms of cancer; whereas veterinary medicine usually only treats the effects of cancer in pets. Homeopathy is the administration of herbs, flowers, roots, spices and essential oils that have been chosen for their own unique and specific healing properties. Such remedies are usually given in the form of either a tincture, tablet, tea or cream. Utilizing certain types of herbs and essential oils can have a wonderfully positive effect on both the health and the overall disposition of your cat or dog.
Before choosing a homeopathic treatment, you should first understand which herbs work best to treat the symptoms of cancer. A few good ones to know are:
Burdock. This herb will quickly help to heal your pet's wounds. It also helps in maintaining a healthy liver.
Chinese Rhubarb. This herb will help by cleaning out your pet's overworked digestive system, thereby alleviating any indigestion and soothing any vomiting episodes that can sometimes occur after a chemotherapy or radiation therapy session.
Sheep's Sorrel. This herb will help to heal and prevent any internal bleeding.
Slippery Elm. This herb will reduce inflammation in your pet's digestive system and mouth by coating it. This will then make swallowing, chewing and digesting food much easier on your cat or dog.