Although cats develop cancer half as often as dogs, it’s still an incredibly important disease to understand and look out for in your pet. There are many genetic and environmental factors that can contribute to your pet’s likelihood of developing cancer. Your cat’s chances of developing cancer increase as he or she gets older, so it’s vital to your pet’s health and wellbeing to understand the signs and symptoms of cat cancer and know when it’s time to contact your veterinarian.
If you suspect your cat has cancer or is in need of cancer treatment, call Germantown Vet today at 240-252-7467240-252-7467 to schedule an appointment!
Cat Cancer Symptoms
Every cat owner knows that their feline friends are prone to masking their feelings—including illnesses. That’s why it’s so important to know what you’re looking for. Some cat cancer symptoms include:
- A lump or bump that isn’t normally there
- Vomiting (learn more reasons why your cat could be throwing up here)
- Difficulty breathing
- Refusal to eat and weight loss
- Rough coat
However, it’s important to note that the symptoms will differ based on the type of cancer your cat has, and sometimes there are little to no warning signs early on. That’s why you need to bring your cat to the vet any time he or she isn’t feeling 100 percent or is acting abnormally.
Cat Cancer Diagnosis
If your cat is exhibiting symptoms of cancer, it’s very important to have this confirmed and diagnosed by a professional veterinarian. Our highly trained and experienced veterinarians at Germantown Vet can do any of the following to accurately diagnose your cat:
- Physical examination
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Cytology – examination of individual cells under a microscope
- Imaging – ultrasounds and x-rays
Contact us today to schedule your cat’s cancer screening.
Cat Cancer Treatment
The cancer treatment that is right for your cat will depend on three things: how advanced the disease is, the type of cancer, and your cat’s age and overall health. Only an experienced veterinarian can determine what the best cancer treatment is for your pet, but some of the options include:
- Photodynamic therapy
- Targeted therapy
Thankfully, many forms of cat cancer can be treated and even cured if they are diagnosed early so treatment can begin.
Schedule Your Cat’s Cancer Screening Today
Whether you feel a bump you’re worried about or your feline friend is acting abnormally, bring your cat in for a cancer screening and diagnosis. The earlier the disease is caught, the better the chances are for your cat’s survival. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
About Germantown Vet
At Germantown Vet, we’re pet owners too. Family-owned and operated, we treat our patients and their owners as we would treat our own pets and family members. Our veterinarians take the time to listen, educate, and create a customized a plan for your pet’s health. It is important to us to treat each pet and its owner as individuals with their own needs and concerns.
Since opening our doors in 1983, we’ve been proud to become the go-to veterinary clinic for pet owners throughout Montgomery County, MD. Our veterinarians are available to care for hospitalized patients after hours, and we have a live-in veterinary nurse to check on our patients during the night. That means you can trust your furry family member’s care with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Schedule your visit with us today by giving us a call at 240-252-7467 or contact us online!