Just like humans, our dogs, cats, and other pets can suffer from many different kinds of cancer. Studies of canine cancer suggest that as many as half of dogs over 10 years old will develop some form of cancer.
In recognition of Pet Cancer Awareness Month, here is a list of common signs and symptoms of cancer in dogs, cats, and other animals–courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Association:
- Abdominal swelling
- Bleeding from the mouth, nose or other body openings
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty eating
- Lumps, bumps or discolored skin
- Non-healing wounds
- Persistent diarrhea or vomiting
- Sudden changes in weight
- Unexplained swelling, heat, pain or lameness
- Visible mass/tumor
Be sure to talk to your vet if you think your pet may be experiencing one or more of these issues. Annual veterinary wellness exams are also a good way for your vet to check for any of these signs on a regular basis.
For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of veterinary cancer, including how to find a veterinary oncologist in your area, visit the pet owners section of the Veterinary Cancer Society website.