November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month
American Veterinary Medical Association.

It is never too late to learn the warning signs of pet cancer. Cancer is not strictly a “human” condition. As the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats, cancer claims millions of pets each year.

Signs of Cancer
The importance of annual check-ups regardless of the age of your pet is critical in the prevention of cancer. Here are the top 10 early warning signs of pet cancer listed out by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
2. Sores that do not heal
3. Weight loss
4. Loss of appetite
5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6. Offensive odor
7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

Steps to Avoid Cancer in Your Pet
Keeping your pet active with a healthy weight and on a high quality diet will prevent some forms of cancer. Obesity is a major cause of cancer in pets. Having your pet spayed or neutered will drastically decrease the chance of various reproductive cancers
benjiFeatured Dog: Benji
Benji was found as a stray; he is a nice little guy, about 5-6 years old. Benji loves to go for walks or just sit in your lap.

Other available dogs:
Annie – female, 5-6 years, pug/beagle mix, friendly girl
Shadow – male – 2 years, black lab mix, smart
Buster – male – 1 year, border collie/heeler, friendly

Featured Cat: Zacharyzachary
Zachary lost his home and everything that was familiar to him, he needs a quiet home where he can learn to trust and feel safe again. He is a shy boy but once he understands he is loved and has a home he loves to be petted, brushed and held. He is a gentle soul that will make you a quiet friend. No children or other pets please.

Other available cats:
Sissy – female, 2 years, black & white, shy
Sassy – female, 2 years, tortoiseshell, outgoing, friendly girl

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter, located at 795 Hardy Way, is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmesquiteanimalshelter.