09-2013 September

Vet Booth at Exotic Pet Shows
Our veterinarians not only take care of dogs and cats, but also are skilled in the veterinary care of exotic pets. Look for our veterinarians and staff as we host informational booths at the following exotic pet events. Click on the links to find out more information about the events, admission and hours.

Las Vegas Avicultural Society’s Bird Mart & Exotic Bird Expo
Sunday October 20th
9am to 3pm at Henderson Convention Center
For more information: Bird Mart & Exotic Bird Expo

Las Vegas Reptile Expo
Saturday and Sunday October 26- 27th
Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Sante Fe Station Hotel & Casino
For more information: Las Vegas Reptile Expo

Ask Dr. Debbie
Q: After having my house sprayed for bugs the other day it got me wondering if chemicals around the house cause cancer in pets?

A: Cancer occurs as a result of cell damage and reproduction of those abnormal cells. Sometimes this process of cell mutation and cancer development happens with advanced age, but also can be triggered by other factors such as genetic predispositions, environmental exposures, and lifestyle issues.

A growing area of scrutiny in veterinary medicine is focused on how cancer happens and what can be done to prevent it. In many cases more than one factor plays a role in causing cancer, but here’s just a few chemicals recognized for pet cancer risks.

– Fire retardants in carpeting, furniture and fabrics have been shown to cause thyroid tumors in cats.
– Lawn chemicals increase the risk of bladder cancer in the Scottish terrier, which has a genetic predisposition to the bladder cancer Transitional Cell Carcinoma.
– Smoking in the home increases the risk of a malignant cancer in cats called lymphoma. Lymphoma risk is two times higher if one person in home smokes, and if two individuals smoke in home it raises the cat’s risk of lymphoma to four times greater.
– Smoking also increases the risk of cats developing the highly invasive oral tumor called squamous cell carcinoma.
– Cats that wear flea collars have five times greater risk of squamous cell carcinoma.
– In some studies, dogs had an increased risk of developing lymphoma if living in urban areas, exposed to asbestos or chemical solvents, or exposed to electromagnetic fields like high power lines.

What to do? Give up smoking, for your pet’s health- if not for your own health. Opt for environmentally safe chemicals and products in home when possible. Choose formaldehyde-free building products and low VOC paints.

Be vigilant- ask your veterinarian what particular cancers your pet might be prone to and follow suggested screening exams or tests. Many breeds are known for heritable tendencies to cancer such as Lymphoma in Golden Retrievers, Osteosarcoma in Rottweilers, Hemangiosarcoma in German Shepherds and Mast Cell Tumors in Boxers.

Pet of the Month
Congratulations to Bingo our October pet of the month. To learn more about Bingo visit our facebook page or webpage at www.lmah.net

 

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