Most pet owners do not realize that one in four dogs, and one in five cats, will develop cancer in their lifetime, as well as 50% of all dogs over the age of ten.
The most common cancers in dogs are mammary tumors. These types of cancers can be prevented by having your pet spayed. Other cancers prevalent in dogs are: lymphoma, osteosarcoma and bladder cancer. Leukemia strikes the largest population of cats.
According to the Veterinarian Cancer Society, golden retrievers seem to be the most susceptible to cancer. This could be because golden retrievers are one of the most popular pets, so they are seen more often. For those cats with white faces and ears, skin cancer is quite common.
In addition, that many pet owners never seek medical attention for their pet’s diseases, which can put a pet at risk. When it comes to pet cancer, like humans, early detection is the key.
Following is a list of the most commons signs of cancer in pets:
Lumps – not every lump is cancerous, however, to rule out nay type of malignancy, lumps should be examined by a veterinarian.
Odors – odors of the mouth, nose, ears and anis, or other parts of your pet’s body can be an indicator of cancer.
Discharges – blood, pus, diarrhea, vomiting or any other unresolved discharge could be a sign of cancer. Any distention or bloating of your pet’s abdominal area can also be a sign of discharge buildup that could also be the result of a malignancy.
Wounds or sores – especially those that do not resolve on their own.
Difficulty chewing or swallowing – as with humans, any difficult with chewing or swallowing could be an indicator of oral cancer or other types of malignancies.
Loss of appetite/weight loss – if your pet loses his or her interest in eating, some oral cancers could be the cause.
Coughing or difficulty breathing – these symptoms could be the result of heart or lung disease, but also could be an indicator of cancer.
Lethargy or depression – if your pet lacks the energy to go for walks, is sleeping more or is uninterested in playtime, there are many reasons why, one of which could be cancer.
Changes in bowel or bladder – blood in the stool or urine, constipation and/or diarrhea could be an early sign of cancer.
Pain – if your pet limps or shows signs of pain, there are countless reasons why, one of which could be an indicator of bone cancer.
Seizures – seizures are always concerning. For your pet’s safety, make sure to have any type of seizure checked out by a veterinarian.
At NorCal Vet, we have years of experience in diagnosing and treating all types of cancer. Let us help keep your pet safe by giving your pet a complete cancer screening or any answering any concerns you might have about your pet’s current health. Contact NorCal Vets today at (415) 413-7363, and help keep your pet cancer-free.