Posted by S.E. Sinkhorn | Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Anyway, I'll take this opportunity to dust off my soapbox.
*dusts off soapbox*
Cat owners: make sure you check out your kitties' vaccination and injection sites on a regular basis. Vaccine-associated sarcomas are rare, but they do happen, and catching it early and informing your vet immediately will greatly improve your cat's prognosis. They usually appear as a small, hard lump on a leg or between the shoulders (the most common areas for injections). They're very aggressive and will often grow quickly. If you ever find a lump that doesn't go away after a month, gets larger rather than smaller, or is bigger than 2 centimeters (about 1 inch) in size, take them in for a check-up immediately. Better safe than sorry.
For more information, read this: Vaccine-Associated Sarcomas
I'm not trying to scare anyone, and I am absolutely not advocating refusing to vaccinate your pets. The diseases prevented by vaccines are far more common than vaccine-associated sarcomas and are actually required by law in some areas. Continue to vaccinate your pets. I'd just like to spread awareness about this condition because I had no idea it existed before I found the lump on Mystery's leg.
*steps off soapbox*
On a lighter note, here's a cute video of Mystery. She was getting neck scratches and couldn't lick me, so she licked her Cone of Shame instead. Enjoy.