Top 10 Warning Signs of Cancer in Pets
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 not 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.
*From Colorado State University
Flint Animal Cancer Center
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