Cancer is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs. Early detection and treatment can increase their chance for survival. Ten possible warning signs include:
Lumps and Bumps – Not every lump is cancerous. It you notice a lump consult with your veterinarian. Monitor it for changes in size and color, you and your veterinarian can determine if a biopsy should be performed.
Abnormal Odors – Certain cancers, such as mouth, nose, and colon can produce foul and unusual odors.
Abnormal Discharges – Blood, pus,and prolonged vomit or diarrhea need to be check out by your veterinarian.
Wounds that Don’t Heal – Any wound that will not heal may indicate an infection, skin disease or cancer.
Sudden Weight Loss – Unexplained and sudden weight loss can indicate trouble.
Change in Appetite – There is always a reason your pet stops eating. Don’t wait to long to have them check out. A decreased appetite can mean an oral tumor.
Coughing or Difficulty Breathing – Often this is a symptom of heart and lung disease, but can point to lung cancer.
Lethargy and Depression – Many pets with cancer develop depression, sleep more and become less active.
Changes in Bathroom Habits – Frequent bathroom use, difficulty urinating, or blood in the excrement / urine are all warning signs.
Evidence of Pain – Limping or crying in pain when touched are evidence of pain and could be a sign of bone cancer.
Don’t panic is your pet demonstrates and of theses signs. Always consult with your veterinarian when there is a change in behavior or injury. You know your pet best and can tell when they are not themselves. The key is not to wait too long when you notice a change, before you have the treated.