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As a pet owner, you try to give your animal companion the best possible care. That means taking your furry friend for walks, regularly monitoring its health, and making yearly visits to the vet. However, sometimes animals get sick, and the biggest fear that might come to mind is the “big C,” or cancer. If your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed. You may have many questions and concerns about your pet’s future. Read on to learn some steps you can take to help navigate this uncertain and difficult time.

Did you know that cancer in pets is common? In fact, this year, about six million dogs and six million cats will be diagnosed with the illness. Although a cancer diagnosis for your pet can be upsetting, it does not necessarily mean there is no hope. With today’s modern advances in veterinary cancer care, some pets are living longer, more fulfilled lives. In some cases, certain cancer types in pets may be curable. However, it’s important to note that not all cancers are the same. For this reason, it’s vital to do your research and learn about your pet’s illness. Reach out to your veterinarian with any questions and concerns, as he or she should be able to guide you through this difficult journey.

Stick to your normal routine — whether that’s going for daily walks or playing at the dog park. Remember that your furry friend doesn’t know about its cancer diagnosis. However, it may sense your feelings and emotions. For this reason, it’s important to remain strong and keep your pet’s life as normal as possible by maintaining its usual routine. You might also consider reaching out to support groups online or in your community. Talking with other pet owners who are going through a similar situation may be beneficial.

For more steps to take after a pet cancer diagnosis, see the accompanying resource.

Graphic created by PetCure Oncology.

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