Get the facts about pets and cancer

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Learning some of the myths about pets and cancer can be a great first step for pet owners as they educate themselves about this disease. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – A cancer diagnosis can be gut-wrenching for patients and their loved ones. Facing cancer is difficult on many levels, and is challenging whether the patient involved is a friend, relative or even a companion animal. The Veterinary Cancer Society indicates cancer is the main cause of death in 47% of dogs and 32% of cats. A pet’s risk of developing cancer is high once the pet lives beyond age 10. The American Veterinary Medical Association said dogs will develop cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, while there is less information about the rates of cancer in cats. Genetic predisposition to some cancers in certain breeds has been reported. However, as is the case with cancer in humans, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of cancer in animals. Certain myths h
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