Here are a few pointers that lead to visible development of cancer in dogs:
1. Bumps and Lumps Could Lead to A Deadly End
If you happen to observe the formation of a protruded lump/bump in your dog do not neglect the signs. Not every lump/bump is cancerous but it’s always better to be safe that sorry and consult your vet immediately. If the protrusion does not subside your vet will conduct a biopsy to evade the risk of cancer. After all precaution is always better than the cure.
2. Offensive Odor Calls for Defensive Actions
Don’t be alarmed if the air in your home starts to smell obnoxious! The orifices (an opening in the body) of your dog are sometimes known to release a foul odor which could possibly be an indication towards early development of cancer. Cancer of the mouth, nose or anal region exhibit these symptoms.
3. Recharge Your Pet in Times of Atypical Discharge
Ensure to have your dog checked by a veterinarian immediately if you notice any abnormal discharge of blood, pus, vomit, diarrhea and any other abnormal discharge of substance from his/her body. A bloated or distended abdomen could be a manifesto of internal bleeding which is a dangerous symptom of cancer.
4. A Muted Immune System Could Be the Siren Bells to Cancer
Wounds, lacerations and sores that take abnormally long to restore normalcy or don’t heal at all are a sign of suppressed immune system in our pet pooch. This leads to infection, skin disease and very often cancer.
5. Diminished Appetite
We all adore watching our dogs looking up at the dinner table with those expectant puppy eyes’, ready to grab a treat at the first given opportunity! A sudden change in that attitude must undoubtedly be alarming then. A decrease in appetite can indicate an oral tumor, which would make it difficult for your pet to eat and swallow. While there can be several reasons to your dog’s lack of hunger and willingness to eat, if the same is coupled with other symptoms of cancer you have reason enough to consult a vet instantly and have him checked at the early stages.
6. Fall in Weight Calls for Rise in Vigilance
Just like in humans, a sudden weight loss can be an indication of health complications like gastroenteritis, parasite infection, depression, bowel diseases, overactive thyroid, likewise in dogs it can lead to health complications like cancer. Don’t wait till the situation gets out of hand, an abnormal weight loss coupled with other symptoms of cancer must be consulted with a vet right away.
7. Agony Maybe the Beckoning Towards Cancer
If you notice your beloved dog in anguish and pain it’s time to take measures in looking at the problem more in depth than just a limb injury. Limping or other signs of pain that get’s intolerable or difficult to cope with activity can be a manifestation of bone cancer in cats and dogs.
8. Out of Breath, Into Malignancy
Difficulties in breathing that causes coughing is often associated with heart and lung infections. Sometimes they can also be pointers towards your pet developing cancer. This symptom will most likely occur if the cancer in your pet’s body has metastasized into his or her lungs.
9. Lack in Vigor
Dullness, depression and tiredness are some signs that are frequently occurrent with cancer. It’s devastating to realize a transition from your agile and full of energy pooch to a languid and drowsy one. Although lethargy or depression in dogs and cats can set in with any illness, it is commonly seen in pets that have cancer.
10. Anomalous Bathroom Behavior
Struggle and increased frequency in urination, blood in urine or stools are indications towards early stages of cancer. In case of these symptoms do not blow wind to caution and consult your vet at once.
Bearing the above factors in mind, it is important we pet parents understand that cancer is a life-threatening disease the symptoms to which can be very evasive. In certain cases, the signs are not manifested right until the later stages. Anyhow having awareness of the warning signs are beneficial to understanding the urgency of what looms large and life threatening of your precious pet’s health. In any case, if your cat or dog displays two or more of the above symptoms the red flags must be raised instantly to consult a vet and seek appropriate treatment.