Westway Veterinary Group is highlighting the risk of mammary cancer in pets, especially in unspayed dogs over the age of five.

Vet Stephanie Veitch with whippet Susie.
Westway vet Stephanie Veitch with whippet Susie, who has undergone a mammary check-up and received the all-clear. Photo credit: Westway Veterinary Group.

The group, which has branches across the north-east, is offering free mammary check-ups for dogs and cats throughout October and will raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

Owners can arrange a free breast cancer check for their pet at any Westway branch in October, but will be invited to make a suggested donation of £5 to Breast Cancer Care. Westway will also donate £1 for every examination carried out on a newly registered cat or dog.

Vet Stephanie Veitch, who runs Westway’s Birtley branch, said: “Every week we remove mammary tumours in pets, but the risk can be greatly reduced if people have their dogs and cats spayed.

“It is normally dogs aged over five who develop this type of cancer, but we can drastically reduce the risk of an animal developing a tumour by taking away the hormones associated with many types of breast cancer through spaying.”

She added: “Mammary cancer is very common and can be successfully treated if caught early. Tumours can be removed during surgery and certain types of chemotherapy can help.

“The more seasons a dog has and the older they get, the more at risk they are of developing cancer. If they are spayed before they are one year old, their chance of developing mammary cancer is extremely low. It is the same for cats.”

Sarah Herrett, Breast Cancer Care’s community fund-raising manager for the north and midlands, said: “We’re so grateful to Westway Veterinary Group.

“There are half a million people living with breast cancer in the UK. Whether it’s speaking to our nurses, reading our information or connecting with volunteers, the money raised will help us continue to be here for people facing breast cancer from day one.”

  • For more information, contact Westway on 0191 274 7910.
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