May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Pet cancer is the number one disease that kills dogs and cats. It’s the cause of death in 1 out of 5 dogs and studies show that about 50% of dogs over ten years old will die of cancer. These statistics seem to be rising over time, which is frightening to any pet parent.
At Pet Assure, we know that pets are family and understand how devastating pet cancer can be. Pet Cancer Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to highlight the main warning signs so that all pet owners can become familiar with this topic.
There's no surefire way to prevent cancer, so it's important to be aware of early symptoms that may indicate a problem. Warning signs of cancer are usually be seen by owners before they are noticed by the veterinarian at well-visits — you know your pet best, so you know what to look for. Keep an eye out for the symptoms listed below as the earlier the disease is caught, the better the prognosis.
These symptoms can also show up in pets that do not have cancer, so they are not necessarily cause for despair. However, these symptoms should never be ignored. If you notice any of these signs, bring your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible for a full exam to determine the root cause of the problem. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the more effectively your pet can be treated.
Have you ever had a pet that suffered from cancer? What early sign let you know that something wasn't right with your pet?