Cancer is one of the biggest fears that pet owners face as their beloved companions start to age. This concern is warranted, and it’s best not to disregard your fears and know the warning signs of cancer in dogs and cats. If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
- One or more new lumps, particularly if they grow or change over time
- Skin lesions that don’t heal as expected
- A bad smell which may or may not be associated with visible pus
- Unexplained, persistent symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, bleeding or pain (i.e. limping)
- Abdominal enlargement
- Weight loss, especially if muscle wasting is predominant
- Lethargy and depression
- Difficulty breathing or a persistent cough
- A change in urinary or defecation behaviors
- Difficulty eating and/or swallowing
It’s better to catch cancer early, and if your pet is diagnosed, there are many treatment options available to help you enjoy as much quality time as possible with your pet. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and pet medications to control the disease or the symptoms. Your vet will discuss with you what options are best for your pet.