A little of this and a little of that and everything in between…
We’ve all heard of breast cancer in women. With approximately one woman in eight or nine falling victim to this form of cancer, there are awareness campaigns from numerous health care agencies. and research continues. What many pet owners do not know is that the incidence of mammary tumor development in dogs is higher yet with one in four unspayed female dogs affected. This is a huge incidence, yet awareness among owners of female dogs is lacking.Here is what Veterinary Partners says about Breast Cancer in Cats, you can read the full article here.Mammary Cancer in Cats
We have all heard of breast cancer in women. With approximately one woman in eight or nine falling victim to this form of cancer, there are awareness campaigns from numerous health care agencies and research continues. In cats, mammary cancer is the third most common cancer, with the most common victim being a senior female cat around age 10 to 12 years.
Dogs are lucky as only about 50% of mammary tumors are malignant for them. For cats, approximately 90% are malignant with rapid spread to adjacent glands and the nearest set of lymph nodes. Cats generally have eight mammary glands (thoracic, cranial abdominal, caudal abdominal, and inguinal – see illustration). The most commonly affected glands are the thoracic and inguinal glands. An owner should be accustomed to feeling for even small lumps in these areas. Because veins connect both the right and left sets of glands, it is easy for tumor cells to cross from one side to the other though usually the glands on the same side as the original tumor are seeded first.
At first the tumor is small and may feel like a pebble or dried pea. The tumor should be removed as soon as possible in hope of removing it completely. If left alone, mammary tumors get larger and harder and ultimately burst through the skin creating a smelly, infected ulcer.
Tumors removed when they are less than0.8 inches (2cm) in diameter have a median survival time of 4.5 years.
Tumors removed that are greater than 1.2 inches (3cm) in diameter have a 6-month median survival time.
Tumors spread from the mammary glands to local lymph nodes and then on to the chest, brain, bone, and even spleen. Expect chest radiographs to assess tumor spread to the lung to be needed before surgery can proceed. Basic blood tests will also be needed.
The Sand Spring gang wanted to help out with spreading Breast Cancer Awareness, this is what they say about it.
On to hunting.
We did a little hunting this weekend. It was opening weekend for pheasants. Took Nellie and Glory on Saturday. Nellie, Dick and I hunted and hunted and she kicked up one but Dick missed. John, Brock and Glory headed to the river to see if they could find some ducks, they didn’t find any ducks but on the way back they saw a pheasant on the bank of the river. John and Glory headed over that way Glory winded it and she was off. The guys heard it cackle so they thought it would be getting up but no here comes Glory running back with it in her mouth. If you can believe this I forgot to take a picture of it. 😦
We went back out hunting on Sunday then I went out on Wed and no luck just exercise and a couple pictures of the dogs working.
Sunday afternoon in the rain John and Glory went duck hunting, this is what they got.
A little of that:
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