Submitted by GSPCA on 16:22, 6th Mar, 2013 | 0

At only 7 years old a cat called Pickles here at the GSPCA Animal Shelter in Guernsey has been diagnosed with skin cancer and needs your support.

Every year we get cats with the early stages of skin cancer in their ears and Pickles is one that is in urgent need of an operation.

Not all forms of skin cancer in cats and dogs are caused by sun exposure, but it can happen occasionally. On dogs, the nose and pads of the feet contain sensitive skin and no fur to protect from the sun. Also, cats and dogs with thin or light-coloured coats such as white coated animals are at a higher risk of sun damage over their entire bodies.

You can take precautions to help your pets in summer and sunny days using sun creams and lotions but it is always best to get advice from your vet.

Cat skin cancer is the second most common cancer in cats. Skin cancer is more common in middle-aged to older cats (ages 6 – 14 years), although it can occur in younger cats as well. White cats may be more susceptible to skin cancer, because their skin has more exposure to the sun.

Skin disease is often referred to as a tumor which is an abnormal growth of cells. It can be on top of the skin or just under the skin. Diagnosis without testing is difficult since a tumor could be malignant (cancer) or benign (not cancer).

In all cases early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent the spread of cancer from the skin to other parts of the body. Tumors that are not cancerous (benign) may be left alone by a veterinarian.  There are multiple treatment options depending on the type of cancer but for Pickles an operation to remove the ears is the only course of action.

Cat Skin Cancer Symptoms

Cat skin cancer symptoms may resemble other skin conditions but can include:

  • A lump on the skin, especially if it seems to be getting biggerPickles a cat with cancer at the GSPCA in Guernsey

  • Sore tips to the ears
  • Swelling

  • A sore that doesn’t heal

  • Bleeding from an ulceration, lesion on the skin

  • Hair loss

  • Itchy skin

  • Redness of the skin

If your cat has any of these symptoms, he or she needs to go to the vet. Chances are it’s not cancer but some other skin infection, but they will still need treatment.

We are hopeful that with this operation we can help save Pickles life and then find her a new and loving home.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said 'Pickles is so sweet and we are asking for any donations to help towards her operation.'

'We see many cats every year with this form of skin cancer and we do urge owners to take care if they have light coloured pets out in the sunshine.'

'We can't mess about so we are booking in Pickles for her operation but appreciate any support towards her care.'

'We all have our fingers crossed for her and even though she has only been at the Shelter for a short time, she is already one of the teams favourites.'

If you would like to donate to Pickles operation and the other animals in need please call 01481 257261, pop into the Shelter in St Andrews or click on the Paypal link below and reference 'Pickles Appeal'

Here is a short video of Pickles -

We are also appealing for funds to build a new Cattery & Quarantine Building to replace the very old structures we have.  To find out more please click here.

To see the story of Jethou Bumblebee the grey seal pup please check out this short video from start to finish on how staff rescued him with a lot of help.

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Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards 2013 - Find out how to nominate here by going to

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There are always animals at the GSPCA looking for good homes from farm birds to rabbits and to see many of them please click here. Felix in the video is our longest stay cat and really needs your help to find a new home.

There are many items on the GSPCA's Wish List and you can see many of them by clicking here including a list of Amazon items which would make a difference to animals in Guernsey.

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The following are events planned for 2013

Every Tuesday during term time between 10.30am and 12pm at the GSPCA we have a coffee morning with bric-a-brac and pet supplies on sale.  Please click here for more details

Saturday Bric-a-brac sale, coffee morning and guided tours at the GSPCA Animal Shelter 9th March - click here for more details

Clinton's Kilimanjaro Climb in March - One man VS 5,895 m - to find out more please click here for more details

GSPCA Easter & Cupcake Week Pop Up Shop thanks to OSA Recruitment - 23rd - 31st March 2013 - please click here for more details

25th - 31st March GSPCA Cupcake Week - please click here for more details

4th April - World Stray Day - more details to follow

Saturday 8th June 2013 Itex Walk Guernsey - We are pleased that for 2013 we are one of the nominated charities benefiting from this years walk. To register and find out more click here for more details.

June 2013 - Summer Fayre and Dog Show - more details to follow

Sunday 15th September 2013 - Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday - click here for more details.

4th October - World Animal Day - more details to follow

Saturday 2nd November 2013 - The GSPCA Mystery of Masquerade Charity Ball - click here for more details.


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