Birthday Gifts for Pets
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Birthday Gifts for Pets

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our beautiful dog’s ninth birthday. I can’t believe we’ve had our sweet canine companion for so many years. To commemorate this special occasion, my spouse and I shopped for the perfect birthday gift. We decided to purchase a nice red collar for our dog. Our dog’s old collar was faded and dirty. Her new, red collar looked amazing next to her sleek black fur. After placing her new collar on her, our dog looked ready to take some memorable pictures. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the best practical gifts to buy for your pets. Enjoy!

Birthday Gifts for Pets

Injection-Site Sarcomas In Felines: What To Look For And How To Treat This Condition

Madison Adams

If you just brought a cat into your home to keep as a pet, you will most likely be heading to a veterinarian to have it checked for health issues in the near future. Your cat's veterinarian will start a vaccination schedule for your new pet to get protection from a number of diseases and conditions. While vaccinations are needed to keep your cat from getting very ill, there is a slight risk for a sarcoma if your cat has an adverse reaction to an injection. Here is some information about injection-site sarcomas and how to help your feline if they display symptoms in having one.

What Is A Sarcoma And What Does It Look Like?

A sarcoma is an area on the skin that enlarges into a large mass after a vaccination is given. This tumor is not caused from the medication itself, but from the inflammation that occurs after the skin has been penetrated. Approximately one out of 10,000 vaccinated cats will acquire a sarcoma from a vaccination. A mass can show up soon after the vaccination, or up to ten years afterwards, making it very important to be on the lookout for this condition often. Sarcoma tumors are unfortunately cancerous. 

Should Cats Still Be Vaccinated With This Risk?

There is no way to tell if your cat will have a reaction to a vaccination beforehand. While the risk sounds scary, failing to vaccinate your feline will put them at other risks as they will not have protection against diseases that also have dire symptoms. Your cat's veterinarian will not administer a vaccination if your cat is in poor health. Some vaccinations, such as the rabies vaccine, is mandatory in some states if you wish to keep a cat as a pet. Other vaccinations are optional. If your cat goes outdoors, it is best to have them inoculated for their health.

What Should Be Done If A Lump Is Found?

If a lump is felt on your cat's body where an injection had been given, keep an eye on it to see if it becomes larger in size. Vaccinations can leave a hard area where swelling occurs under the skin. This is different from a sarcoma. If the firm skin does not decrease in size after a couple of weeks, call your cat's veterinarian for an assessment of the area. If the mass enlarges rapidly, call the veterinarian even sooner to have the spot evaluated. Since these masses can occur up to a decade after a cat vaccination is given, it is important to pet your cat often while being conscious of any alterations in the feeling of their skin.

How Is A Sarcoma Treated?

If your cat suffers from a sarcoma, it's veterinarian will act aggressively in treating it before it escalates in size. If it is left untreated, it can spread to other portions of the body. Treatment options include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery. If the sarcoma is tended to soon after it is discovered, the cat will have a better chance at a positive outcome in removing the mass completely.