Money Talks: Should You Treat a Pet for Cancer

Thousands of Americans face a cancer diagnosis in a pet each year. Ebi was 17 years old when she developed the disease.

Nobody wants to hear that word "cancer." It can be tough on your pet, tough on you and certainly tough on your wallet.

"We look at the whole situation... the financial situation, the cost/benefit for the pet, the quality of life for the pet. So all of those things go into making the decision to treat or not treat a pet with cancer," said Dr. Correa, DVM.

As in humans, catching a pet's cancer early is going to give the best treatment options, and lower the potential for emotional and financial pain. Dr. Correa says watch for changes in daily routine, and...

"Discharge from the eyes, anything on the skin that's grown or a new lump or bump and those are the things you can just keep track of on a day to day basis just as you're playing or petting or walking your pet," Dr. Correa said.

Bottom line? Keep a close eye on your pet's health and if the animal does get a cancer diagnosis, work with the vet or oncologist to make the right plan for your pet and you. For more information, go to and search for "Pets."

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