Skin cancer

This type of cancer tends to attack mostly senior cats, white-haired and hairless cats like the Sphinx. Of course, this does not mean that if your kitty does not fall into these categories is immune. It can happen to anyone.

The cat loves the sun is part of your routine bedtime and receive sunlight especially during the morning. A little sun is no problem, but extreme exposure brings consequences heatstroke and skin cancer in your cat.

Cats living outside the house live with more risk of developing the disease than live in all the time. If your kitten prefers the patio areas must have good shade to shelter from the sun.

Other causes for skin cancer include secondhand smoke and flea collars.

A note on Sunscreens: Although there sunscreens pet still has not developed one that is safe for cats. There is talk that baby blockers can be used, but under extreme supervision.

How to recognize skin cancer on my cat? The diagnosis will give the vet, but the initial symptoms you notice. Keep in mind that not every spot on the skin of your cat means cancer. Many of these are signs of old age and are benign. A cancerous growth is characterized by a bleeding ulcer that does not heal or increases in size. To be certain of the veterinarian needs to perform a biopsy.

Types of skin cancer; • Basal cell carcinoma: The most common type of skin characterized by bumps on the head, back and breast cancer. Often they are benign tumors and are removed with surgery.

• Squamous cell carcinoma: cauliflower-like appearance plant, this cancer acts like an ulcer that does not heal. It is more usually seen in senior cats and appears in eyelids, nose, mouth, tongue and ears. This type of cancer tends to spread to other organs such as the lungs.

Early detection is key. Treatment includes surgery, radiation and chemotherapy in some cases.

• Mast Cell Tumors: Small carcinomas found about 1 inch in the legs, abdomen and testicles. They are usually malignant and can move on to other organs. Surgery is needed to remove them.

• Melanoma: Malignant neoplasm of brown or black pigmentation. It develops in preexisting spots or moles. If you notice the stain or the mole has changed shape or size, you should take your cat to the vet for melanoma spreads in the body easily and should be attacked in its early stages.

Prevention: You can prevent skin cancer by reducing the time your cat spends under the sun. Also feeding with adequate food.

When brushing, take your time and enjoy your hand through his hair. Notes if you find lumps, swellings, dehydrated skin or color changes. Do not forget to check the less visible as under the tail, inside the mouth and eyelids areas.

If you notice any changes in these areas, please go to the vet. All disease is detected early solution.