While it is very hard to catch cancer early in pets, there are a few things that you can always be looking out for.
Abnormal swellings that persist of continue to grow
This is the most obvious sign: a mass or lump that keeps growing under the skin. Don’t just watch the bump, have it removed and biopsied.
Sores that don’t heal
If there’s a skin wound that isn’t healing, even with an antibiotic or ointment, it may be a signal of cancer.
Unexplained weight loss – not coming from a change in diet or more exercise – may come from a tumor along the intestines.
Loss of appetite
Along the same lines as the previous symptom, an internal mass may be making your pet feel sick and not want to eat.
Difficulty eating or swallowing
One possible reason for this sign is a lump in the neck putting pressure on the esophagus.
Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
While nose bleeds don’t mean cancer outright, they are a common sign of nose cancer.
Cancerous masses may release pus, which smells due to bacteria.
Reluctance to exercise or loss of stamina
Tumors can cause bleeding and pressure on various organs including the heart or lungs.
Even if your dog has one of these symptoms, it may not be cancer, but it could signal another health issue your pet is facing.
When in doubt, get to the vet, even if you’ve recently taken your pet in for a regular six month checkup. Early detection is key in treating your dog.
And, even if unfortunately your pet is diagnosed with a form of cancer, it doesn’t always mean the end. Various conventional treatments combined with TCM have given many dogs years past their original expectancy and a great quality of life.
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