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The Scoop: Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Secondhand smoke is dangerous for people and pets, too. According to a study conducted at Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine, kitties face a higher chance of getting certain types of cancer including malignant lymphoma, a cancer that is fatal to three out of four cats within 12 months of developing it. However, simply because of felines natural grooming habits, they also face a great risk of getting mouth cancer. When your pet licks her paw, she is licking up the cancer-causing carcinogens that accumulate on her fur. The study found that more kitties get squamous-cell carcinoma if they live in smoking environments versus those residing in a smoke-free home. The cats are not the only pets in danger, exposure to secondhand smoke can also result in nasal and lung cancer in dogs – pups noses have a greater surface area to be exposed to carcinogens and a shorter nasal passage that allows more carcinogens to reach their lungs. If you're still trying to quit smoking, make sure you don't light up around your pets!


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Mafer Mafer 9 years
That is the cutest cat everrr!! I originally did not think of smoking, but this only reinforces my decisiom.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Also - some vaccines can cause cancer. I'm not sure if it's been proven yet or not, but when I was working in a clinic, we made sure to inject vaccines in certain legs and down from the shoulder. It was FVRCP front right, FeLV back left, Rabies back right. The cancer was so aggressive that amputations were necessary to save lives. :(
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Oops, my bad. I meant to say lymphoma. Feline lymphoma isn't contagious, leukemia is. Sorry.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Greyhounds are fairly prone to leukemia too, although it isn't contagious like the feline version.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
That is one of the cutest kittens I've ever seen!
sashak sashak 9 years
Well, my friend's kitty had some kind of kitty immune disorder
KiDoE KiDoE 9 years
animals can get cancer too? :( what about AIDS?
cougar41 cougar41 9 years
Cancer is so awful!
Fashionsugar Fashionsugar 9 years
that is the cutest kitten I've ever seen!
cageyme cageyme 9 years
I actually once had a hamster that died of cancer. It was terrible. All of his hair fell out. I really cried when Ralphie died. :cry:
sashak sashak 9 years
My childhood dog developed a brain tumor & we had to put her down. Even my dad cried
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