Pets age faster than you and I. Their one year is equal to our 7-8 years of life. Therefore, having lived with a person about 9 years old, a cat or a dog, by our standards, is a real old man, whose health begins to "junk".
Full of senile diseases that prevent the beloved mustache from living happily. The same hypertension often torments animals, the heart weakens, the metabolism is useless. Here, obesity develops, and diabetes mellitus, and urolithiasis can appear. But recently, more and more cases have begun to be recorded when neoplasms are detected in cats and dogs.
What are the neoplasms
Generally speaking, without going into details, they can be benign and malignant (cancerous). Yes, here is such a mother nature "joker" that animals develop cancer.
And only a veterinarian after a bunch of additional studies (including biopsies) can understand whether this is a mustache’s cancer, or while it’s harmless benign. Ultrasound helps to find exactly where the tumor is located, whether important blood vessels, size of the neoplasm, its “consistency” and other small details are pinched. X-ray also helps to examine the animal almost entirely, to detect the presence or absence of metastases that occur with cancer. Histology and cytology - with their help, tissues and cells are examined, which allows you to find out whether the animal has cancer cells or not.
What to do if the animal has a neoplasm
The attentive owner regularly inspects his pet, especially if the mustache is already elderly. On the skin or under it yourself, you can still find something. But if a tumor has formed on any internal organ, then at home it will not be possible to detect it. That is why it is so important to visit a veterinarian at least once a year (older pets are often worn at the reception). The blood picture changes if something in the body is wrong. Suspecting something was wrong, the doctor will prescribe additional studies (ultrasound, X-ray) to confirm or refute his guesses.
Do not be scared if you discover some kind of swelling in your pet. Just go to the clinic. Let the specialist inspect. The tumor can be of any shape, size. Therefore, if you find something, it is better to seek help.
If the veterinarian suspects cancer, he will advise you to go to a special oncology hospital where treatment will be prescribed to help your pet, or if an operation is performed if there is evidence. Additional research in this hospital will provide more information about the neoplasm. They will help you choose the most effective drugs (chemotherapy in animals is also carried out and almost always gives positive results).
To save your pet's life, as well as ease his suffering, seek veterinary care. Do not be shy, even if it seems to you that this is a harmless swelling. It’s better to be safe than sorry that valuable time is wasted.
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