Pet Awareness - May

May Is Cancer Awareness Month

Pet First Healthcare Insurance

PetFirst Healthcare was founded to help keep people from having to consider their finances when taking care of their pets. Our pets are family to us which is why we developed affordable pet insurance policies designed to help you use your heart first when taking care of your pet.

When money is tight, do you know how you will be paying for your veterinary bills? Building a plan for your expenses Ė including your petís healthcare Ė is the smart thing to do. Pet insurance is the best way to budget for unexpected veterinary bills and help to cover day-to-day expenses like vaccinations and office visits as well.

Just as in people, early detection is critical.

That's why it's so important to check your pet regularly.

Early Pet Cancer Warning Signs, As Identified By The Veterinary Cancer Society.

Persistent, abnormal swelling 
Sores that do not heal 
Loss of weight
Loss of appetite
Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
Offensive odor
Difficulty eating or swallowing
Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
Persistent lameness or stiffness
Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

If your pet has any of these early warning signs, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete examination.

What Causes Pet Cancer?

Genetics

Due to improper breeding practices certain breeds of dogs are genetically prone to canine cancer including:

Golden Retrievers
Labrador Retrievers
Rottweilers
Bernese Mountain Dogs
Boxers

When choosing a dog or a cat, question the breeder as to the incidence of canine or feline cancer in the line. And always avoid animals that have been "mass" bred in puppy and kitten farms or "mills".

Environmental And Food Toxins

Do a "Toxic Screening" of your household and environment. Exposure to chemicals in the environment and even small daily doses of chemical additives and preservatives in their food can build up and be carcinogenic. Thatís why itís important to take a serious look at the products you have around your house, get rid of the toxic ones, and substitute safer products.

A variety of reports from the EPA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the California Department of Fish and Game confirm the hazards of environmental and household toxins including lawn fertilizers, detergents, and cleaners. These all have warning labels relative to children and pets, and many veterinarians see a link between environmental toxins and pet cancer.

Insure Your Pet's Health For Pennies A Day!

QuickCare Pet Insurance Programs give you peace-of-mind. Not only do we offer the most comprehensive, flexible pet care coverage - we also pay a higher percentage of your claim than our competitors. We're meeting the real-life needs of today's cats, dogs and owners.