Jun 10, 2009

Canine Cancer - New Drug

G'day Dog Lovers,

Hot off the presses - the FDA in the US has just approved a new canine cancer treatment drug from Pfizer. The drug is called Palladia and it is the first cancer treatment drug to be developed primarily for canines.

Typically, dogs with cancer are treated with human drugs and human treatments, which may or may not be successful, depending on the type of cancer. Palladia is used to treat Mast Cell Tumours and is expected to be available to vets in 2010.

But as always, remember to keep an eye out for the 10 warning signs of cancer in your dog...
1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
2. Sores that do not heal
3. Weight loss
4. Loss of appetite
5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6. Offensive odour
7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
9. Persistent lamenessDifficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

If any of these signs occur in your pet, do not delay. See your vet immediately.

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