30 November 2023

Marking November as International Pet Cancer Awareness Month, Clinical Assistant Professor in Veterinary Pathology, Georgios Nikolaou, provides valuable insights for pet owners:

With advancements in veterinary diagnostics and growing public awareness, it is estimated that about one in every four dogs, and one in every five cats, will be diagnosed with a tumour during their lifetime. Timely diagnosis, aided by rapidly advancing veterinary cancer treatment technologies can be lifesaving.

Cancer or neoplasia is characterised by abnormal cellular division and growth, where body cells escape from normal control and grow autonomously, forming discrete or diffuse masses in various body organs. Just like in humans, factors like ageing, decreasing physical activity, and obesity are risk factors for neoplasia in pets.

Regular veterinary check-ups are crucial for early diagnosis, and increase the survival chances of your pet. In case your pet has one or more of the following symptoms, it is advisable to book an appointment with your veterinarian:

  1. A visible mass
  2. A non-healing ulcer
  3. Unexplained decrease in appetite
  4. Weight loss

Your veterinarian is in the best position to identify tumours, carry out a biopsy and perform all necessary examinations, ensuring the best care for your four-legged friend.