Do you know the signs of cancer in your animal? If you don’t, November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. So it’s a good time to learn! Below are the top signs of pet cancer in all animals. If your critter begins to show any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
- Lumps or bumps under the skin: Not all bumps will be cancer, but the only way to know for sure is to have your veterinarian look over your pet. If the lump is not going away or is actually growing, it’s time to schedule an appointment.
- Foul odors: Abnormal and even stinky smells coming from your animal’s mouth, ears or any other part of the body can be a sign that something isn’t right.
- Abnormal discharge: These discharges include pus, vomiting, diarrhea and blood. In addition, if your animal’s abdomen, or stomach, becomes bloated or swollen, it is time to schedule an appointment. Also, a bloated stomach that doesn’t go away could be an accumulation of discharge within the body.
- Wounds that don’t go away: If your pet has wounds or sores that haven’t healed, this could be a sign of skin disease, infection or cancer.
- Unexplained weight loss: If your animal isn’t on a diet but has been losing weight, cancer might be the culprit. In addition, if your pet’s appetite changes, mention this to your animal doctor.
- Coughing or difficulty breathing: These symptoms can be caused by a lot of things, so schedule an appointment immediately if you notice this in your pet.
Other signs to look for include lethargy and apparent pain. While these symptoms aren’t always due to cancer, all are good reasons to schedule a visit with your veterinarian.
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