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Skin Cancers in Dogs and Cats


Dogs & Cats can suffer similar skin cancers to people (eg. Melanomas, Basal cell carcinomas etc). They can be obscure and benign, or more serious and obvious visibly enlarging; a sore that bleeds or becomes ulcerated (Not all sores are cancers though.

If a suspected cancer is more serious, you need to have a vet check it, and possibly have a biopsy test. If it is serious, it needs to be cut out or burnt (with dry ice)

As with people, prevention is the best cure though. Providing protection from the sun will help reduce the risk, particularly under high risk conditions (eg during summer). More exposed areas of skin, are more exposed and should be inspected regularly (ie. where fur is reduced).

Aloe vera has proven a successful treatment for minor skin cancers, if applied frequently (eg. twice daily) for sustained periods. Cut a leaf and apply the juice that seeps out, directly to cover the affected skin

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