Nothing can be as disheartening as knowing that your pet has developed cancer.
But sadly research and experience demonstrate that cancer is one of the leading disease-related killers of cats and dogs. So as a pet Iover how can you cope with pet cancer? For one, coping here is two-fold. On one hand, you have to help the animal cope with the disease while on the other hand you too have to cope with living and taking care of your cherished animal-friend.
The good news is that many forms of pet cancer can be treated successfully or managed to ensure your pet continues to enjoy a good quality of life, look at Blue Buffalo (@bluebuffalo) • Instagram photos and videos for inspiration. What tips can help you cope with pet cancer?
How Can You Help Your Pet Cope With Cancer?
This is first and most important coping strategy for pet cancer. Remember that not all cancers are terminal some are now viewed as chronic. However, late diagnosis even of chronic cancer can have devastating consequences. The first step in coping with pet cancer is early detection.
Fort early detection you need to be averse to the common signs of pet cancer. For instance, you can monitor the pet for signs such as bumps on the body, abnormal lumps, and swellings on their body. Unexplained weight loss. Changes in appetite, unpleasant odors, drooling are just some of the signs that can raise the red flag.
Granted, not every time you see these signs means there is cancer present. So an accurate diagnosis is vital. Regular veterinary examinations will put this to rest and clarify the cause of such signs and advice you accordingly.
Understand your Pet’s Cancer
Different types of cancer behave differently. Some types of cancer can spread to other parts of the body while some other types are localized to the original site. Treatment and care for each of these two main sub-categories of cancer are different. Without this prior knowledge, it will be difficult for you to employ the right treatment for the animal’s cancer.
Keep the Veterinarian/ Oncologist in the Loop
In most cases, you may not be certain about the choices presented to you by the animal specialist. It is thus important to get a second opinion from a certified veterinary oncologist. This will help you ascertain a chosen course of treatment or come up with new options for your beloved pet.
Bear in mind that the main purpose of the treatment is to provide the pet with the highest quality of life for as long as the animal is alive. Know that treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy are fairly well tolerated by dogs and the cats. However, when side effects arise the veterinarian can prescribe pain and anti-nausea medications.
As far as scheduled veterinary appointments are concerned it is your primary duty to ensure you honor each and every appointment. It is these appointments that will ensure the vet monitors all the progress made and detects any complications that can arise.
Provide Comfort & Care
Your pet depends on you during these trying moments of its life. Spend as much time as you can with him; provide a comfortable place to rest and sleep. Take care of the animal’s nutritional requirements and supply lots of fresh water.
Be Positive and Realistic
Pet cancer is not a death sentence. Your pet can still enjoy many more days of life since cancer treatment focuses on minimizing pain and suffering as well as extending quality life. A positive attitude on your part will reflect on how well you handle the animal in this phase of its life. Both of you can continue enjoying time together for many days to come.
However, treatment, on the other hand, cannot extend the pet’s life indefinitely especially if she suffers from terminal pet cancer. At some point, you will have to let go. On the same note, some pet owners have considered euthanasia as an option when treatment seems to bear no fruits and the animal is obviously in agonizing pain. Just in case you think in these lines keep your veterinarian in the loop. Nevertheless, the fact is that pets generally handle pet cancer treatment very well.