Spotting the Signs of Cancer in Pets
As a pet owner, it's natural to want to do everything you can to keep your furry friend healthy and happy. And while there's no surefire way to prevent cancer, knowing the early signs and symptoms can help you get your pet the treatment they need as soon as possible. Here's what you need to know about cancer in pets, from the experts at Animal Cove Pet Hospital.
Cancer in Pets Is Common—But There Are Warning Signs
While cancer is unfortunately quite common in both dogs and cats, it's important to remember that not all lumps and bumps are cause for concern. However, if you notice any of the following changes in your pet, it's worth bringing them in for a vet visit just to be safe:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy or fatigue
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
- Changes in bathroom habits (more/less frequent urination or bowel movements)
- Sudden behavior changes (such as aggression or withdrawal)
- Lameness or stiffness
- Growths or masses that appear suddenly and continue to grow rapidly
Of course, these aren't the only potential signs of cancer—if you notice anything out of the ordinary, it's always best to err on the side of caution and bring your pet in for a checkup.
While cancer is unfortunately quite common in both dogs and cats, there are warning signs that can help you get your pet the treatment they need as soon as possible. If you notice any unexplained changes in your pet's weight, appetite, energy levels, bathroom habits, or behavior, contact us right away. The earlier cancer is caught, the better the chances for successful treatment.