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Pets with Cancer.

After yet another online exchange with a friend whose pet has cancer, I think I need to ask:

Is it just me, or do an awful lot of animals seem to be getting cancer lately?

In addition to Opie, there's my neighbor's dog, who likely has the exact same tumor that Opie had (when she described her conversation with her vet to me, it was déjà vu all over again). There's my Dad's cousin, whose dog died like a week ago (s/he ate some rubber bands, which caused a blockage, and s/he died during surgery. Post-surgery they learned that what had actually happened was that the rubber bands had gotten caught on a tumor). There's Miss Prissy Pants, whose dog Jasmine has just had another breast cancer lumpectomy. There's my facebook friend, whose cat died about a month ago, with a tumor in her stomach. And I'm pretty sure there was at least one other person on my friends list who lost a cat to cancer in recent weeks.

So tell me:

Poll #1377199 Pets with Cancer

Is it just me, or does it seem like a lot of animals are getting cancer lately?

It's just you -- Opie was the only pet with cancer on my recent radar.
I know of an animal or two, but it's nothing new -- I seem to always know somebody whose pet has cancer.
You know, now that you mention it, this *does* seem to be happening a lot lately.
OMG, I'm having visions of the pet food recall from a few years back. *Everybody's* pets seem to be dying of cancer and it's freaking me out!
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments.


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Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
I suspect veterinary medicine is better than it used to be, so tumors are getting diagnosed more.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Agreed, about more diagnosis going on. Also more exploratory surgery. One of my cats died of cancer in 1993 after she started losing weight, the vet noticed a mass in her belly, did surgery, and found widespread tumor. It was one of those things where major surgery might have given her a few more months, but not much more, and I had her euthanized. Similar case with another cat about eight years later. I think that until the 90s, when older animals started wasting away they were simply allowed to die with no intervention or diagnosis.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Not just pets... people too...
Apr. 3rd, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
When Tiger was diagnosed, I just figured that it was a case of heightened awareness. Then there were more people telling me about their cat's cancer diagnosis and it seemed to be something more. It could be that there are better and more effective diagnostic tools, which would increase the number of diagnoses.

It's certainly something to pay attention to.
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