Cancer is the number one cause of death in cats and dogs and a number one concern of pet owners. We know that you give all the love and attention in the world to your pet, but here are some reminders on what to keep on eye on:
- Swollen lymph nodes:
Swollen lymph nodes can be a sign of lymphoma. Lymph nodes are most easily found behind the jaw or the knee in your pet.
- Lumps and masses:
Lumps and masses are a easy way to detect cancer early. Look and feel regularly for lumps and bumps on your pet, if you notice them enlarging or changing, take your pet to a clinic to get the lump biopsied.
- Abdominal distention:
Abdominal distention can be a sign of a possible tumor. In this case an ultrasound or radiograph would best be able to find the cause of the enlarged stomach.
Unexplained bleeding anywhere on your pet can be a sign of cancer. While some animals do have disorders that cause them to bleed, it should’ve been caught when they were young and happen regularly. If your pet is experiencing unexplained bleeding, you should take them to your veterinarian immediately.
- Vomiting and diarrhea:
Vomiting and diarrhea can be caused by tumors in the intestinal track. Tumors here can be found best through ultrasounds or endoscopy procedures.
Chronic coughing is the most common sign of lung cancer in pets. However, it is good to keep in mind that coughing may signify other health issues, especially in cats and dogs.
So with this cold weather, cuddle up to your pet and pay extra attention to these signs. Catching them early could give your pet a better chance of beating cancer! Bring your pet by one of our clinics at any of our locations for a checkup to make sure your pet is happy and healthy!