With the advancements that have been made in early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment, pets have a better chance of receiving successful treatment for cancer than they did in the past. Cancer is one of the most common causes of death in pets today, which is why it is essential as a pet owner to understand the warning signs of cancer.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells within the body. It develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working, causing the old cells to grow out of control, rather than die. These new abnormal cells can form a mass of tissue called a tumor.
A tumor can metastasize and spread throughout the bloodstream or lymphatic system to other sites in the body.
Signs of Cancer in Your Pet
There are a variety of symptoms that may indicate that your pet has cancer, including but not limited to:
- Persistent lameness
- Foul odor
- Difficulty defecating or urinating
- Weight loss
- Abnormal growth
- Wounds that won’t heal
- Difficulty breathing
Fatigue is a sign that many pet owners tend to overlook as a sign of cancer in their pets. It is vital to remain alert of any changes in your pet’s behavior and to seek veterinarian care as soon as possible.
Catching cancer in the early stages is essential for successful treatment. In some cases, by the time cancer is discovered, it can be fairly advanced and may not be treatable.
How Can I Prevent Cancer in My Pet?
Although there are no preventative measures a pet owner can take to keep their pet from developing cancer, pet owners can spay their pet before the first heat to reduce the risk of mammary cancer. If dogs are neutered, their risk of testicular tumors is eliminated.
Caring and Compassionate Veterinarian Care in Streetsboro
At Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro, we understand that your pet is part of your family, which is why we offer the highest standard of caring and compassionate veterinarian care. If you suspect your pet may have cancer, be sure to contact the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.