10 Common Signs of Cancer in Pets
1. Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow – Not all lumps and bumps are cancerous in dogs, but if you detect a growth on your dog it is important to have it checked out by a veterinarian.
2. Sores that do not heal – Scratches and abscesses are not uncommon, but sores that do not heal can be of concern.
3. Loss of weight – Often associated with cancer, loss of weight can occur even if your dog is still eating normally. If your dog is inexplicably losing weight, consult a veterinarian.
4. Loss of appetite – If your dog shows no interest in eating or their daily consumption has declined for several days, have them checked out.
5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening – Blood that is present in vomit, stool, or nasal discharge is cause for concern and although not always telltale signs of cancer, your dog should be examined.
6. Offensive odor – A very strong and offensive smell can sometimes be a byproduct of tumors in the mouth or nasal cavity.
7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina – Tiring out easily, unwillingness to exercise and loss of interest in normal daily activities can be an early sign of cancer.
9. Persistent lameness or stiffness – An early indication is prolonged limping or favoring a limb or side.
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
If your pet has any of these early warning signs, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete examination.