Breast Cancer Prevention in Pets

Breast Cancer Prevention in Pets

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and our Team at Cypress View want to educate owners on the importance of spaying their female pets.

Spaying and preventing mammary cancer go hand in hand together. Just like their human counterparts, female pets can fall victim to mammary cancer, with 90% of tumours in cats and 50% in dogs being malignant or cancerous.

Research shows that:

  • If a dog is spayed before their first heat (Approx 6 months), it reduces the chances of developing a mammary tumour to 0.5%. As your pet ages and goes through heat cycles, the risks increase
  •  Cats spayed before 6 months will have decreased their risk of developing a mammary tumour reduced by 7-times. Spaying a cat at any age will reduce the risk by 40-60%.

Pet cancer; Medicine Hat

Not only does spaying your pet help prevent mammary tumors and cancer, it can also prevent other problems that can arise as your female pet goes through heat cycles. Let’s go through some of the other awesome things spaying your pet can do for them!

No more heat cycles! When your female pet goes into heat, the fluctuation in hormones can be stressful not only for your pet, but to your family as a whole.  Pets can become more aggressive and irritable to certain triggers during this time, the drive to find a male becomes more apparent (yowling and marking), and we don’t need to mention the mess that can happen around the house! When you spay your pet, you are not only making her life easier, but yours as well!

No more chances of Pyometra!  Pyometra is an infection of the uterus which occurs due to the hormonal changes that happen during estrous. Pyometra usually happens within 2-8 weeks after a heat cycle.

  • After many years of having heat cycles, changes occur to the uterus lining which can promote pyometra. This is why the chances of infections of the uterus increase as an intact female ages.
  • Pyometra can be life threatening, and requires an emergency spay. Spaying your female pet while they are young AND healthy, will eliminate this scary disease entirely, and are significantly less costly to you.

As an owner, it is a scary and stressful time to bring your pet in to have surgery, but you need to know that you are doing what is best for your pet. Spaying will help her live a longer and healthier life, preventing the high possibility of life threatening diseases.

As always, our Team at Cypress View only wants what is best for your pet, and if you are having any doubts at all about spaying your pet, please call our team and we will be happy to discuss with you what is in the best interests of your furbaby!

 

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