Pet Cancer Awareness Month: Recognizing the Symptoms of Cancer in Pets
Cancer is a devastating disease that affects roughly one in five cats and one in four dogs. It is also the leading disease-related cause of pet death in the United States. It causes a wide range of symptoms, and in honor of Pet Cancer Awareness Month, now is an excellent time to familiarize yourself with what those symptoms are. At VetCheck Pet Urgent Care Center, we are here to help if you suspect that your pet might have cancer. Contact us to schedule an appointment right away if you notice any of the troublesome symptoms listed below.
Common Signs of Cancer in Pets
The symptoms of cancer vary and are often mistaken for signs of other illnesses. Sometimes, pet parents even mistake certain symptoms — like decreased appetite and reluctance to exercise — as normal parts of the aging process. Anytime your pet has any usual symptoms, it’s best to seek veterinary attention right away.
Some of the most common symptoms of cancer in pets include:
- Reluctance to exercise
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating
- Blood in urine or bleeding from any opening
- Sores that don’t heal
- Lumps that increase in size or won’t go away
- Foul odor coming from mouth or body
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Unexplained behavioral changes
There are several treatment options for cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. As your pet’s veterinarian, we will recommend the treatment that offers the best prognosis for your furry friend. We understand that a cancer diagnosis is frightening and will do everything we can to help you and your pet.
Call Now to Schedule an Appointment
If your pet is exhibiting any of the symptoms mentioned above or you have any other reason to think they could have cancer, contact us right away to schedule an appointment.