UK owner preferences for treatment of feline injection site sarcomas

D Carwardine, E Friend, M Toscano, Kelly Blacklock

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OBJECTIVES: Feline injection site sarcomas are therapeutically challenging because of their locally invasive nature. Several protocols recommend that the two perceived high-risk adjuvanted vaccines should be administered into distinct anatomical sites ("left hind leg leukaemia, right hind leg rabies"), which should aid surgical resection. This has resulted in a change in tumour distribution with an increased proportion situated caudal to the diaphragm when such a policy is adopted. The aim of this study was to determine UK cat owners' attitudes towards surgical treatments of different anatomical regions.

METHODS: A cross-sectional study of an anonymous convenience sample of UK cat owners was conducted from September to December, 2012 using an internet-based survey.

RESULTS: There were a total of 208 respondents: 39% would pursue surgery regardless of tumour site. One percent would not pursue surgery. Of the remainder, respondents would not allow amputation of the forelimb (20%), hindlimb (15%) or tail (15%). Twenty-six, 32 and 27% would not have surgical treatment of the inter-scapular region, chest or abdomen, respectively. The majority of respondents were willing to travel up to 100 miles for radiotherapy or chemotherapy (66 and 69%, respectively).

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The current feline vaccine site recommendations may not be appropriate for UK cat owners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-8
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • Amputation/veterinary
  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases/surgery
  • Cats
  • Consumer Behavior/statistics & numerical data
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Injections/adverse effects
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ownership
  • Sarcoma/etiology
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms/etiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom


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