Understanding a Pet Cancer Diagnosis Is the First Step

A cancer diagnosis for a pet can be devastating for its owners. Historically, cancer has been quite common, especially in older animals. It is now the major cause of death in all dogs over the age of 2 years. Surveys of dog owners have reported cancer as their major health concern. While it appears to be less common in cats, it is still a major cause of death in older cats due to the aggressive nature of feline tumors.

Cancer is a disease that causes abnormal and uncontrolled cell growth. Many times, this unchecked growth destroys or interferes with the function of normal tissues. The tumors invade surrounding tissues and certain types of cancers can spread, or metastasize, to major organs throughout the body. Fortunately, cancer treatments have advanced tremendously, offering the possibility of additional years of high quality of life for our beloved pets.


Learning that a pet has cancer can be difficult emotionally. However, learning about the many treatment options available can help put this disease into perspective. It is not a hopeless situation. VOSRC has outstanding diagnosticians and treatment experts who can help you decide what’s right for you and your pet.