When it comes to cancer, it’s always best to catch it early. But, it can be tricky to notice signs and symptoms of cancer in pets, so it’s important to pay close attention to your furry friend and their body. This November, learn about the signs and symptoms for Pet Cancer Awareness Month.
Loss of Appetite and Weight Change
There are lots of reasons a pet’s appetite can change. Many illnesses can cause a loss of appetite, and therefore a change in weight. Anytime you notice a difference in your pet’s weight or eating habits, check with your vet.
Lumps and Bumps
Combine a petting session with an exam. While you give your furry friend some love, make sure to check for swollen lymph nodes and for any unusual swelling or bumps on the surface of their skin. If you do notice bumps, take care to check them regularly to make sure they aren’t growing over time and keep a log.
Difficulty Walking, Lethargy or Reluctance to Move
If your pet struggles to move or seems to avoid putting weight on certain limbs, it could be a sign of bone cancer. Lethargy or a loss of interest in activity are always a cause of concern – especially in younger pets.
Abnormal Discharge or Bleeding
Bleeding is usually a sign that something is wrong. If your pet is bleeding from their nose, mouth, or another orifice, be sure to get them checked out. Additionally, open wounds that won’t heal or foul odors coming from the mouth, ears, nose, or rear should be a cause for concern.
Bathroom Problems and Excessive Vomiting
Diarrhea happens, but it is important to check with your vet if your pet experiences it chronically. Excess urination, vomiting, or a difficulty going to the bathroom may also be signs of tumor growth.
Coughing or Difficulty Breathing
A cough can signify a variety of illnesses from allergies an infections to cancer and heart disease. A persistent cough may be a sign of lung cancer, especially in older pets. Visit your veterinarian anytime your pet has a cough that becomes repeated, frequent or severe.
If your pet has any of these symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Getting a cancer diagnosis for your pet can be scary. Be sure to talk it through with your vet to determine the best treatment plan for you and your pet.