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.

Featured dog Fera

Fera is 5 years old. She has lived in a home for 5 years and is trained to use pee pads. She is used to a quiet environment. She is doing well going outside to play and go to the bathroom. Very calm and friendly girl. Fera loves people and has that “pittie” smile that will melt your heart.

Other available dogs

Peanut- Senior border collie/beagle blend. He will do best in a quiet home. Loves going for walks. He is a volunteer favorite. You need to meet him one on one to appreciate this dog.

Koda- He needs someone who will help him with his weight loss program. He needs to get plenty of exercise and a monitored diet. He loves going for walks and is very strong. He has lost over 30 pounds since coming to the shelter.

Featured cat -Crystal

Found by a dumpster with 8 nursing babies. She has raised her babies and is looking for a home of her own where she can be loves and be safe fromever being left on her own. She knows her name and will follow you around for attention. She likes being petted and brushed and is getting used to being held and cuddled. She would make someone a nice companion cat.

Other available cats

Indy came to the shelter after being found 4 tiny babies of her own. She has been a wonderful mom to her babies, who have all been adopted, and it is time that she gets the love and attention she deserves. Other available cats

Lover- Seal Point senior Siamese. Beautiful coloration. Likes to watch all cat room activity.

Soft and Furry

Roger rabbit was found running around back yards. He/she had been someone’s pet but was left to fend for himself. He has the softest fur  and may be litter box trained. He loves carrots. After being alone he needs some time to trust people again.

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