Pet Cancer Awareness Month
Did you know that cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death of cats and dogs in the United States? It affects one in five cats and one in four dogs, and just like in humans, it causes a wide range of unpleasant symptoms. Because November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, now is an excellent time to learn a bit more about this devastating disease and how it impacts pets. If you have any reason to think your precious pet might have cancer, Animal Farm Pet Hospital is here to help. Contact us right away to schedule an appointment.
Common Cancer Symptoms in Pets
Cancer can cause several different symptoms in companion animals, and sometimes, they mimic the symptoms of other, less severe, issues. That’s why it’s so important to seek prompt veterinary care when something doesn’t seem quite right with your furry friend.
A few of the most common symptoms of cancer in dogs and cats include:
- Difficulty breathing, defecating, or urinating
- Loss of appetite
- Blood in urine or bleeding from any orifice
- Lumps that continue to grow or won’t go away
- Sores that won’t heal
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unpleasant odor from mouth or body
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Unexplained behavioral changes
- Reluctance to exercise
There are several treatment options for cancer in pets. Depending on the severity of the disease, we may recommend chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other treatments. Even when the disease is not curable, there are often options to help maintain your pet’s quality of life and keep them by your side for as long as possible.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have any reason to suspect that your pet may have cancer, please contact us right away to schedule an appointment. We also encourage you to keep up with routine wellness exams because they provide an opportunity for us to detect potentially serious problems — including cancer — in their earliest and most treatable stages.