Pet Cancer: Do You Know the Signs?
Many people know that if they find a lump in their body or an irregular mole on their body, they need to visit their doctor to have it examined, to determine if they have cancer, but what are the signs if your cat, dog, or other pets come down with the dreaded disease? The veterinary professionals at the Hamilton Road Animal Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, want you to know what the signs of pet cancer are and when your pet needs to be seen for an examination.
Pet cancer is actually common in cats and dogs, with over six million each being diagnosed each year with the disease that can be fatal. Here are some things you can watch out for in your pet to determine if an examination for cancer is in order.
Lumps, Growths, Tumors
While a lump can be an immediate cause for concern, that is not always the case in dogs. Older dogs and even middle-aged canines can develop benign tumors that are made of fatty tissue. You will need to take your dog to visit their veterinarian if you feel one in your pet. Pay special attention if your pet is chewing or licking the area in which the lump is located or if the area becomes an open sore and begins to bleed.
Pay Attention to Any Changes in Their Eyes
If your pet’s eyes suddenly begin to become teary, red, and bulging, they may be developing a tumor. Also, if your pet’s ears seem to bother them or if they come down with an ear infection, that could be a sign of trouble with cancer as the culprit.
Oral Health Changes
If your pet develops a growth on his or her gums, lips, or tongue, or suddenly has awful breath, they may have oral cancer. Your veterinary professional can determine the cause and either put your mind at ease or begin treatment right away to save your pet’s life.
The Belly Starts to Exhibit Changes
If your pet’s belly becomes larger or bloated, yet they have not gained weight elsewhere, they may have a tumor. Also, if they begin to lose weight without a known cause, a trip to the veterinarian is in order.
Drastic Changes in Behavior
If your cat or dog begins to exhibit unusual behavior, such as loss of appetite, coughing, labored breathing, extra thirsty, or chronic vomiting or diarrhea, have him or her examined by your veterinarian as soon as possible.
If your pet shows any signs of cancer, visit our professional vet staff. Our experienced and caring veterinarians at the Hamilton Road Animal Hospital in Columbus, Ohio are here to help your pet whenever needed.