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10 Symptoms of Cancer Every Pet Owner Should Know It’s a sad reality that our pets are not immune from the same serious diseases that strike humans. cancer. Many pet owners feel shocked by the diagnosis because they barely noticed any symptoms. yourself in that situation, don’t feel guilty about it. Dogs and cats have an instinctual need to hide their pain. In honor of Pet Cancer Awareness Month, Chaska Valley Veterinary Clinic urges all pet owners to familiarize themselves with the 10 most common symptoms of animal cancer. They include: This includes If you find
Appetite changes An oral tumor or one in the esophagus, lungs, or stomach can make swallowing challenging your pet. This appears as a reduced appetite, even among pets who previously anything in front of them in record time. chewing and for ate
Changes in bathroom habits Your defecate more or less often than she normally does. You could also notice diarrhea, constipation, or blood in the feces. pet may urinate or
Difficulty walking Limping or refusing to use some limbs could potentially indicate a bone tumor.
Foul body odor or breath Foul body odor or breath Pets often have bad breath due to poor oral hygiene. However, cancer cells growing along the lining of the mouth or nose can cause especially bad breath. Anal tumors can produce excessive odor as well. New lumps or bumps: A hard mass on your dog or cat’s body that wasn’t there previously could indicate a tumor. Persistent cough or struggling to breathe: experiencing relief could have a tumor in the lung. Some dogs and cats will not be able to catch their breath and end up gasping for air. A pet who coughs without
Slow-healing wounds If you notice a new wound or that a cut heals very slowly or not at all, please contact our animal hospital to schedule an evaluation for your pet. Unplanned weight loss If you’re not actively trying to reduce your pet’s weight, any noticeable weight loss is a red flag that something could be wrong. Unusual discharge Pus, heavy bleeding, diarrhea, and vomiting can all indicate a serious health issue with your pet. If it’s cancer, you could also notice that he has a distended or bloated stomach caused by internal discharge.
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