One reason annual veterinary exams are so important for pets is to check for new lumps and bumps that may be a sign of mast cell cancer. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, mast cell cancer tumors comprise about 20 percent of all canine skin cancers and are the second most common type of skin cancer in cats.
Did you know:Dogs usually develop mast cell tumors on their trunks or limbs. Cats tend to develop them on their heads and necks. When mast cell tumors develop internally, they are often found in the spleen and intestines.
Morris Animal Foundation has a free 45-minute webinar about mast cell cancer in dogs and cats, presented by Dr. Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, DACVIM. You’ll learn
- What is a mast cell?
- Who gets mast cell tumors?
- How can I tell if my pet has a mast cell tumor?
- How are mast cell tumors diagnosed?
- What is staging and why is it important?
- How are mast cell tumors treated?
- What is the prognosis for dogs and cats with mast cell tumors?
No time to watch the video? Here’s a PDF all about Mast Cell Tumor basics for cats and dogs.