Cancer in Senior Pets: How to Reduce Symptoms

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The dreadful diagnosis of cancer in pets is heartbreaking, and unfortunately, increasingly common–especially in senior pets. As pets age, their risk for chronic disease increases. Cancer is now the leading cause of death in pets. Cancer is not always a death sentence, however, and the earlier the cancer is detected and treated, the better the prognosis. There are conventional oncology treatments for cure or palliation and options for alternative therapies that may help alleviate some symptoms. The overall goal is to allow your senior pet the highest quality of life possible with their cancer diagnosis, which will largely depend on the type of cancer.