We should understand the basic signs of cancer. The earlier it is detected, the better the chances of cure.
Pets can get cancer just like humans. Cancer is a major cause of death in dogs and cats, and it is estimated that 1 in 5 cats and 1 in 4 dogs may develop cancer. Many cancers that often occur in humans also occur in animals, including skin cancer, breast cancer, testicular cancer and osteosarcoma. Certain breeds of dogs and cats are more likely to get specific types of cancer and, as pets age, their risk of developing cancer climbs.
Different types of cancer often cause different manifestations. Many of the symptoms are not particularly obvious and may be associated with many different diseases. Signs to look for that cancer may be triggered include
l Unidentified hard lumps or bumps on the dog’s body
Edema of the thyroid gland
Wounds that do not heal for a long time
Fluid or bleeding from the mouth, gums, nose and vulva
Stiffness or lameness of limbs
Anorexia or difficulty eating
Dribbling or difficulty in defecating
Sudden defecation in pets that defecate on their own
l Unexplained weight loss
Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
Coughing or difficulty breathing
l Lethargy (lack of energy)
It is essential to bring your pet for regular health check-ups so that your veterinarian can keep track of your pet’s health status and remove your worries. Through regular checkups, your veterinarian can detect those precursors of cancer that you did not notice.
If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, the treatment for cancer is similar to that for humans with cancer, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. It can be devastating for your pet to have cancer confirmed, so it is important to get a head start and early detection is the key to treatment.
Make it a habit to regularly check if your pet has precursors of cancer. Touch TA’s body to check for unidentified hard lumps or bumps and check for suspected enlarged lymph nodes. Pay attention to changes in your pet’s appearance and behavior. Knowing the symptoms of cancer helps owners and veterinarians keep track of the condition and provide the best plan for treatment.