Human beings who have never worked with asbestos products can develop mesothelioma cancer, and animals can too. When pets get mesothelioma cancer, it’s probably because they inhaled or licked asbestos fibers that were present on someone’s clothing, or they walked in asbestos fibers at a building site or at home.

Mesothelioma cancer can affect any pet that’s been exposed to asbestos but tends to occur more often in dogs than in cats, in males than females, and more commonly in certain breeds — German Shepherds, Irish Setters, and Bouvier des Flandres. If your pet has mesothelioma, its life expectancy will be severely shortened, as will its quality of life.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma Cancer in Pets

Sometimes when an individual’s mesothelioma is diagnosed, the family remembers a pet from years past that had respiratory symptoms and then died. Symptoms suggesting mesothelioma cancer in a pet include:

  • breathing problems, wheezing
  • difficulty exercising
  • coughing

If your pet has these symptoms, the problem may be something relatively insignificant, or it may signal a disease such as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma cancer at this time, for humans or for pets.

Have Your Pet Tested for Mesothelioma Cancer

Take your pet to a veterinarian for testing if you suspect that it has mesothelioma. Be sure to tell the vet about anyone in your home who has mesothelioma, and about any possible asbestos exposure that your pet may have suffered. The vet can use ultrasound, x-ray imaging, or CT scanning to try to determine the cause of your pet’s symptoms.

Learn More about Mesothelioma

If mesothelioma in your pet or someone else in your home is suspected or already diagnosed, you should be aware of the resources available to you. Contact mesothelioma treatment centers today to learn more about mesothelioma cancer resources in your area.

Mesothelioma Cancer in Pets (english) / Mascotas y el Mesotelioma Cancer (spanish)