Protect your pet - below are the warning signs of cancer in your pet.
May is National Cancer Month
• Swollen Lymph Nodes – "Glands" are located throughout the body but are most easily detected under the jaw or behind the knee.
• Enlarging or changing lump – any strange lump on a pet that is rapidly growing in size, shape and texture should have a biopsy.
• Abdominal Distension – the "stomach" becomes enlarged rapidly, this could suggest a large tumor.
• Chronic Weight Loss – When you pet is losing weight and you have not put your pet on a diet.
• Chronic Vomiting or Diarrhea – Unexplained vomiting or diarrhea should prompt an investigation.
• Unexplained Bleeding – Bleeding from the mouth, nose, gums or blood in the urine or stool.
• Cough – A dry, non-productive cough in an older pet should prompt chest radiographs to be taken.
• Lameness – Especially in large dogs or giant breeds – unexplained lameness is a very common sign of bone cancer.
• Straining to Urinate with blood in the urine – Might be an indication of cancer of the bladder.
• Oral Odor – Foul odor can be detected in pets with oral tumors.
Resource: The Veterinary Cancer Center