Cat survives breast cancer, needs new homePosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- A cat that survived breast cancer needs a new home.
Sarah is a 13-year-old brown tabby. Her owner surrendered her to the Arizona Humane Society after encountering a hardship.
While being examined, staff at AHS' Second Chance Animal Hospital discovered she had mammary tumors due to not being spayed when she was younger. Veterinarians were able to remove the masses during surgery.
The likelihood of getting mammary (breast) cancer increases with the more heat cycles a pet goes through and the typical mammary cancer patient is an older pet that was spayed later in life, according to the Arizona Humane Society.
AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson said spaying a dog before her first heat or a cat before one year of age will help decrease the potential for mammary cancer by nearly 100 percent.
Pet owners should do breast exams on their female dogs by checking for signs of firm lumps in the tissue around the nipples, ulcerated (raw) skin, swelling on or around the nipples and/or discharge from the nipples.
Sarah is up for adoption at the Arizona Humane Society's Sunnyslope campus, 9226 N. 13th Ave., in Phoenix.
Her adoption fee is $50, which includes spay surgery, vaccines and a free follow-up exam.