Cancer is the number one disease-related cause of death for dogs and cats and it’s important that we know the signs and symptoms to detect the disease as early as possible. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), there are signs you can search for to detect cancer as early as possible.
Below are ten common signs and symptoms you should look for in your pet when watching for cancer.
Weight loss is the number one sign of cancer in dogs. You may notice a decrease in your dog’s appetite. There are some dogs who may continue to lose weight even if they are eating their normal amount of food each day. If you notice your dog losing weight, a veterinarian must be contacted to determine the cause.
If your dog collapses onto the floor or ground, you must contact your veterinarian immediately. Not only is collapsing a sign; lethargy and weakness may also be common signs of cancer.
If your dog coughs once or twice, don’t panic. If your dog coughs continuously for days on end, this is when a vet may be needed.
Nosebleeds can be a sign of something more serious. If your dog is experiencing nosebleeds, discuss the symtpoms with a vet.
Seizures are a sign to watch for. Seizures can be a sign of brain tumors and are typically found in senior dogs.
Every single lump and bump should be checked by a veterinarian. Lumps and bumps could be noncancerous, but it can be a good idea to make sure.
Pain and Discomfort is a common sign of cancer in dogs. Your dog’s instincts tell her to prevent her from showing any type of pain. If she’s showing any type of pain, call your veterinarian immediately and explain the type of pain or discomfort she is feeling.
If your dog has a lump in the neck, she might not be able to swallow her food, which can lead to a ‘lack of appetite.’ You may not be able to feel a lump in her neck, but it could be putting pressure on the esophagus.
If there is a mass placing pressure on your dog’s respiratory system, this could result in difficulty breathing. You may notice your dog gasping for air or experiencing sudden shortness of breath.
If you’re noticing a discharge from your dog’s nose and/or eyes, this could be an early sign of a facial tumor or an eye tumor.
It's important to remember that many cancer symptoms may be subtle, or commonly go unnoticed until cancer is in its later stages. Regular vet visits can help ensure your pet stays healthy and that everything gets checked regularly.
Early detection can be very important. Keep an eye on your pet. Pet him or her often to check for lumps or bumps under the skin (especially older dogs).
Visit your veterinarian regularly for checkups to ensure your furry friend is happy and healthy.
Cancer can be scary.
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