October Rosa Pet offers breast cancer prevention for dogs and cats

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When talking about Pink October and breast cancer, the tendency is automatically to think of women. What many people don’t know is that the disease affects not only humans – including men – but also any mammal, including dogs and cats.

To make tutors aware of the issue, several actions are being promoted. The objective of the pet pink october is similar to the human one: prevention and early diagnosis.

From this Monday (10) Unifacs offers a breast cancer screening service and guidance for those who have a pet. The consultations take place until October 28, at the Veterinary Clinic (Clivet), located on Avenida Jorge Amado, in Boca do Rio, in Salvador.

The trigam is held from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm. Between October 10 and 15, the action will also be held at Salvador Shopping, at the Mundo Pet store (G1), from 1 pm to 7 pm. It is necessary to make a prior appointment via WhatsApp (71) 3203-2649, where other information can also be obtained.

In addition, the Animal Protection Board (Dipa), linked to the Municipal Health Department (SMS), will promote October Rosa Pet on the 29th of this month. The action will be held at Parque da Cidade, in Itaigara, and at another location and time to be announced shortly.

The initiative is a special edition of Castramóvel, an itinerant municipal service for the neutering of dogs and cats, and aims to promote the awareness of tutors about the importance of taking care of dogs and cats with regard to the disease. The appointment will be in person, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Importance of actions
Coordinator of Clivet Unifacs, Professor Simone Freitas explains that, in the action carried out by the university, tutors will be able to learn to check for any changes in the mammary glands of pets. “This type of initiative is very important, because it is essential that the tutor does what we call a ‘friendly touch’, a breast exam in search of any lump or increase in breast volume”, says the professor.

She also says that, in addition to friendly touch, another essential measure is to avoid the use of contraceptive injections, as these methods considerably increase the chances of dogs and cats developing breast cancer and other disorders. Also according to the specialist, the best form of prevention is castration between the first and second heat or after completing one year of age, which reduces the chance of developing this type of cancer.

According to the director of Dipa, Michele Holanda, data from the Federal Council of Veterinary Medicine indicate that the incidence of breast cancer in female dogs is 45% and, in females, 30%. “That’s why we took advantage of Pink October to remember the need to castrate females, which not only helps in population control, but also prevents diseases. It’s the best choice.”

The manager also emphasizes that prevention helps in a better quality of life for animals, because breast cancer, as well as in humans, affects males as well. “We need to think about the welfare of animals. Whatever we can prevent, the Animal Directorate will be at the forefront, preventing new cases,” she declares.

Symptoms
Identifying the clinical signs of tumors in dogs and cats is important to prevent the disease from developing quickly and spreading. The first sign of breast cancer is usually the appearance of lumps (single or multiple) in the breasts. Sores may also appear on the breast or around the skin.

Dogs and cats can also suffer from pain, swelling and enlargement of the breasts and secretions. When identifying some of these symptoms, the pet should be taken immediately to a veterinarian. “Frequent visits to the vet is another essential measure. The professional’s view can help in the early diagnosis of the disease, which allows the best result of the treatment, greater chance of cure and recovery”, completes Simone Freitas.

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