Our dear friend can also end up being a victim of cancer, a disease that, as we well know, if not treated in time, can be fatal for the affected person. Although there are several types and all of them are equally worrying, respiratory carcinoma is one of the most frequent in felines.
As we are experts in hiding pain, it will be our turn to be very attentive to any change that occurs in the furry's daily routine, since any detail, no matter how small, can indicate that their health is weakening. To make it something easier, we are going to tell you what are the symptoms and treatment of respiratory carcinoma in cats.
What is respiratory carcinoma?
Respiratory carcinoma, better known as lung cancer or cancer of the respiratory system, is a disease that affects, as its name suggests, the lungs and / or the nasal passages. It can originate in different types of cells, so several are known, which are:
- Squamous cell carcinoma: known as squamous cell carcinoma, it originates in thin, flat cells.
- Undifferentiated large cell carcinoma: originates from the outer edges of the lungs.
- adenocarcinoma: originates in the lungs and under the lining of the bronchi.
What are the symptoms?
As the disease progresses the cat may suffer above all cough and shortness of breath, but we must not rule out the loss of appetite, apathy, sadness, malaise, and depression. In addition, adenocarcinoma can spread to the foot bones and cause lameness and pain.
If our cat has any of the aforementioned, there is no doubt: we have to take him to the vet as soon as possible. Your life may depend on it.
Which is the treatment?
The treatment will consist, whenever possible, in the removal of tumors. Also, the professional may recommend radio and / or chemotherapy.
Cancer is not a disease that can be taken as a joke. We must bear in mind that the sooner the diagnosis is made, the longer we can have our cat with us.