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.
- Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
- Sores that do not heal
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
- Offensive odor
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
- Persistent lameness or stiffness
- 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.
Featured cats- Hopper and Big Bear
Big Bear came to the shelter when his owner moved and could no take him with her. He is a beautiful chocolate point Siamese blend with white feet and chest. “Bear” is a calm and friendly cat who loves being brushed. Right now he is a bit stressed from all the changes in his life and being around strange people and other cats.
Hoppers family were experiencing some medical issues so he came to the shelter. He is a gentle loving cat. He knows his name and comes when called or just follows you around waiting for attention. He gets along with the other cats in the room but seems to prefer humans to felines.
Other available cats
Paris Orange/White Tabby special diet
Katy black/white medium hair
Taz all white
Nessie all white Taz’s mom
Cher gray/black MH
Jan gray tiger
Missy German shepherd. Eye problems needs medication
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
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/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER