Top Ten Warning Signs of Cancer in Pet Animals

  1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
    • Pet your pet! This is the best way to find lumps, bumps or swellings that could be anywhere on the body.
  2. Sores that do no heal
    • Non-healing sores can be a sign of infection or cancer. Your veterinarian can determine the reason why the sore is not healing.
  3. Weight loss
    • If your pet is not on a diet but is losing weight, illness could be to blame.
  4. Loss of appetite
    • It is not normal for pets to lose their appetite. This may be a sign of illness.
  5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
    • Bleeding can occur for numerous reasons -most of which are abnormal. Vomiting and diarrhea are abnormal discharges as well!
  6. Offensive odor
    • This is a common sign especially for tumors in the mouth, nose or anus.
  7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
    • This is a common sign of cancers of the mouth and neck region.
  8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
    • This can be one of the first signs that your pet is not feeling well.
  9. Persistent lameness
    • There could be many causes of lameness including nerve, muscle or bone cancer.
  10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
    • If your pet experiences any of these symptoms please have them evaluated by a veterinarian.

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