10 Cancer Warning Signs in Pets
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10 cancer warning signs in your pet
- Lumps and bumps. Not every lump is cancerous, but the only way to be sure is to consult a veterinarian. If it grows or does not resolve on its own, a veterinarian can perform a biopsy to determine if it is malignant or benign.
- Abnormal odors. Unusually foul odors from orifices or body parts might be a cause for concern. Certain cancers can product nose-crinkling smells.
- Abnormal discharges. Blood, pus, vomit, diarrhea or any other abnormal discharge should be checked out by a vet. A bloated or distended stomach also could be a sign of internal discharge.
- Wounds that do not heal. Any wound that doesn’t heal within a normal timeframe may indicate infection, skin disease or cancer.
- Weight loss. Sudden weight loss in pets can indicate trouble.
- Change in appetite. Pets may stop eating for a variety of reasons, but there is always a reason! A decrease in appetite can mean an oral tumor, which would make eating and swallowing painful.
- Coughing or difficulty breathing. These often are symptoms of heart and lung disease but also can point to cancer that has metastasized into a pet’s lung.
- Lethargy and depression. Many pets with cancer develop depression, sleep more and become less active.
- Changes in bathroom habits. Difficulty urinating or evacuating, frequent bathroom use and blood in urine or excrement are all warnings signs of internal distress.
- Evidence of pain. Limping or other evidence of pain during activity can be indication of bone cancer.
Many of these signs could be indications of a variety of conditions. However, a pet showing two or more of these signs should be taken to a veterinarian immediately for a diagnosis.