Cancer in pets has a number of similarities to the human form(s) of cancer. Like human cancer, it can occur in virtually any part of your dog's body. Although cancer is more common in dogs than it is in cats, it's often more aggressive in cats.
Ten of the most common cancer-related conditions:
1. Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma
2. Skin Cancer (Malignant Skin Neoplasia)
3. Splenic (Spleen) Cancer
4. Bone or Joint Cancer
5. Hepatic (Liver) Cancer
6. Thoracic (Chest) Cancer
7. Bladder Cancer
8. Brain or Spinal Cord Cancer
9. Oral (Mouth) Cancer
10. Peritoneal Cancer
Treating these pet cancers can be a heavy financial burden for pet owners. In 2011, just one pet health insurance provider stated their policyholders spent more than $17.4 million on the top 10 cancer-related conditions. Lymphosarcoma or Lymphoma was the most expensive condition on the list, costing its policyholders an average of $2,367 per pet.
The importance of pet owners being educated on recognizing the symptoms and the signs of pet cancer is an imperative part of the fight against the disease.