November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, although early cancer detection in your pet is important every day.

One in every four dogs will develop cancer in their lifetime, and this increases to 50 percent in dogs over 10 years of age, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. For cats, the risk of cancer varies between 25 to 35 percent.1 

“Awareness” is important, and even more important is early detection and finding the best treatment option for you and your pet. We recommend knowing what signs to look for in your pet and visiting your veterinarian if you notice any of these signs:

  • Persistent or abnormal swelling including palpable lumps/bumps
  • Sores that do not heal 
  • Loss of weight and/ or loss of appetite
  • Bleeding or abnormal discharge from any body opening 
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing 
  • Lethargy or loss of stamina
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness
  • Difficulty urinating, defecating, or breathing

Doing a consistent “lump and bump” check can help with early detection of skin tumors, including common tumors like mast cell tumors. Watch this video to see how to preform a “Lumps and Bumps” check at home. If you do find any areas of concern you can use this form and mark the location of the abnormality to discuss it with your veterinarian.

If your beloved canine is diagnosed with a mast cell tumor, ask your veterinarian if they would be a good candidate for STELFONTA® (tigilanol tiglate injection). To learn more about Virbac’s campaign to help put your pet’s health in your hands, visit Virbac's dog cancer awareness page.

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1.Cancer in pets. American Veterinary Medical Association. (2020). Retrieved September 28, 2022, from,rate%20of%20cancer%20in%20cats. 


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