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Cancer affects 1 out of every 3 pets. Of those ½ will die from their disease. The number of causes yearly seem to be rising. There are probably environmental and genetic causes that are driving the numbers up but our diagnosis skills have advanced as well allowing us to find cancer earlier and effectively treat it.

We love our pets and the dreaded diagnosis of cancer can be devasting to us. Here at Optimum Pet Health & Wellness Center we understand those feelings and try to encourage and lift the spirits of the family so we can affectively treat the disease together.

We believe that we must treat the whole body to boost the immune system so the bodies natural self defense mechanisms can be activated. We want the patient to fight with us. We use the traditional tried and true medical therapies in conjunction with naturopathic and holistic remedies while never losing sight of quality of life.

Like humans, there are many types of cancer. Some examples are lymphoma, mast cell, mammary gland, nerve sheath, skin & bone cancers. There are many clinical signs seen and being aware of possible signs ofcancer in pets will help provide early detection and care.

Cancer can affect any area of the body. Cancer of the skin, lymph nodes, gastrointestinal tract, blood and bone are the most common.

Here is a list of signs that we need to respond to:

-New lump or bump that has changed in size, shape & consistency

-Bleeding or discharge from any body opening

-Difficulty urinating, defecation, breathing

-Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina

-Limping, change in gait, persistent lameness or stiffness

-Lethargic, vomit, diarrhea, in appetence, weight loss

-Offensive odor

Any time your pet is not acting like himself or herself it time to check in with us. Some of these conditions are associatied with other diseases/infections but early diagnosis and treatment are key to a favorable prognosis.