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and cats are living longer. Veterinarians credit routine health care and
leash laws. Yet, as your pet's life expectancy increases, so does its risk
of cancer. Now, pets are getting a fighting chance against the disease.
UCLA became a new friend for pets and their owners as the university's Department of Radiation Oncology and local veterinarians joined forces to opened a "pet" radiation center to combat a rise in both cat and canine cancer cases. Like today's owners, pets are living longer, increasing their risk for the disease.
According to a recent press release from the VCA West Lost Angeles Animal Hospital, cancer is the number one cause of death in dogs, and it's right up there with kidney disease as the number one cause of death in cats.
The mouth, nose and skin are high-risk areas. In dogs, skin cancer is often found on the underbelly or inside back legs. For cats, the nose, ears and eyelids are at risk for skin cancer.
Other signs owners should look for. A change in appetite, Decreased energy, Sneezing or coughing, Changes in a wart or mole, Unusual lumps.
VCA owns and operates a nationwide network of 168 animal hospitals in 26 states and veterinary diagnostic laboratories that service more than 12,000 animal hospitals nationwide. VCA also has a nationwide network of more than 80 specialists, including neurologists, cardiologists and oncologists. Pet owners interested in setting up appointments or consultations for their cats or dogs should call (310) 473-2951. VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, 1818 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025