November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and just like with humans, pet cancer can be painful and deadly if not caught immediately. But unlike humans, pets can’t tell us what’s wrong and if there’s something hurting them. That’s why it’s important to schedule yearly visits to your vet, and make sure everything from scans to blood work is done every time you go.
Millions of cats and dogs are diagnosed with a type of cancer every year. And while the list of cancers is long, according to Pet Cancer Awareness, there are things you can check to help with early detection for common cancers.
If you notice your pet is loosing weight and there’s no rhyme or reason behind it, it could be a sign of something serious.
Like weight loss, if your cat or dog is vomiting or has diarrhea out of no where, there might be a tumor in the gastrointestinal tract. Also, if your pet’s stomach is enlarged, you should get to vet immediately for an ultrasound to see if there is a mass.
Lymphoma is a common cancer that occurs in both dogs and cats. If your pet’s lymph nodes or “glands” are enlarged, it might be because of Lymphoma. Check your pet’s jaw and behind the knees.
Any type of bleeding is not a good sign, but if you notice bleeding not associated with trauma, specifically from the mouth, nose, penis, gums or vagina, it’s time to head to the vet.
We know bad breath is normal for pets, and that might be true, but if notice bad breath and your pet is chewing differently, take your pet for an oral exam.
You can read more about signs and symptoms by heading over to Pet Cancer Awareness.