There are two health care issues that might make Canada’s pet owners consider purchasing Canadian pet insurance for their family pets. Cancer and Tularemia.
Let’s dive right in.
Canadian Pet Insurance And Severe Illness
Cancer is a type of malignant tumor or growths that invade the surrounding tissues and use the bloodstream to spread to other parts of the body. Some cancers reappear even after removal of the offending tumor.
Cancer can cause that unless the tumor is removed and any remaining cancer cells properly treated. Because of improvements in veterinary care and nutritional needs family pets are living longer.
Life Spans and Canadian Pet insurance
As a direct result of the longer life spans of family pets more cases of cancer are being seen thus pushing the need for Canadian pet insurance.
Signs that the family pet might have cancer are abnormal swellings that continue to grow, sores are a concern, bleeding or other discharge from body openings.
Others include having a difficult time eating and swallowing, persistent lameness, difficulty breathing, painful urination, chronic coughing, weight loss, fevers, lack of appetite, and stamina.
If You Notice
If you notice your pet experience any individual or combination of these symptoms you should consult your local veterinarian.
In the not so distant past cancer in pets was a virtual kiss of death. In today’s medically advanced world of veterinary medicine your pet’s outcome is more positive. Early detection followed by timely intervention is the most positive action for your pet’s cancer.
Majority of Costs covered by Canadian Pet Insurance
In some cases the simple removal on the tumor is all that is required. Inevitably some types of cancer require surgery. Today, surgeries have an excellent success rate with cancers that were detected early on. Canadian pet insurance covers the majority of the costs for these surgeries.
If your pet has a tumor that is inoperable your veterinarian might suggest radiation, chemical, or biological therapies.
Radiation therapy exposes the malignant cells to high levels of radiation with the hope that the radiation will kill the cancer cells.
Chemical therapy is medication designed to kill the cancer cells.
In particularly aggressive forms of cancer chemical and radiation therapy are used jointly. Canadian pet insurance covers these as well.
Other forms of therapies used to treat and comfort your pet when they are diagnosed with cancer are grooming, nutritional support, soft bedding, pain management, ulcer prevention, and physical therapy.
If your pet is diagnosed with cancer discuss possible treatments with your veterinarian and call your Canadian pet insurance representative to find out what can be done to extend the life of your pet.
On October 2, 2004 Health Canada issued an advisory about a potential health concern to dwarf and regular hamsters called Tularemia.
Tularemia is caused by a bacterial disease that is most commonly seen in wild rodents and rabbits. Although it only happens rarely Tularemia is transferable to humans causing flu like symptoms.
Tularemia is typically found in all muskrats, squirrels, beavers, rabbit, skunks, dear, bison, foxes, opossums, and woodchucks.
Although Tularemia is seldom seen in dogs and cats it can be contracted through contaminated water, eating infected rabbits, and being bitten by contaminated ticks.
The typical symptoms of Tularemia are fever, a loss of appetite, weakness, and diarrhea. If the condition is left untreated infected animals frequently die.
The typical treatment plan for pets infected with Tularemia is to first eliminate any infected ticks from your pet’s fur. After that the drugs Strptomycin and Gentamycin are administered for one to two weeks. These treatments are also covered by Canadian pet insurance.
Tetracycline and Chloramphencicol have also been used to treat pets diagnosed with Tularemia.
The Need for Canadian Pet Insurance
So as you can see the need for Canadian pet insurance has only increased with time along with pet lifespans and the success rates for treatments of our loving pets.
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