Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Three of the top cancer symptoms in dogs

There are many things we don't want to think about, whether it comes to ourselves or our pets. Cancer is definitely one of them. Today many types of cancer can be treated, and the sooner treatments are started, the better the chances.

Cancer is one of those elusive illnesses that can have many symptoms. Here are some of the most common symptoms in dogs. Many of these symptoms are the same as in people. Keep your eyes open, your common sense turned on, and seed veterinary assistance when needed.

If your pet shows any health issue it's always better to see the vet. It's better to go there one time too many when it's not needed than to overlook a serious problem.

An enlarging lump

If your dog has one or more lumps that are getting larger or changing, see your vet. A lump doesn't have to be cancer, but either way it should be dealt with.

Swollen lymph nodes

Several illnesses causes swollen lymph nodes, and they should all be treated. The lymph nodes are located throughout the entire body, but are most easily detected behind the dog's jaw or knee.

Weight loss

Unless your furry friend is on a diet, weight loss is cause for a trip to the vet. There are many things that can cause weight loss, but the reason should be investigated.

Other important signs

Other important signs include:
  • The dog's stomach rapidly enlarging
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Dry cough that won't go away
  • Lameness
  • Lethargy and depression

Have you had a pet that got cancer? What symptoms did you see?

~ Maria Sadowski ~ 

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