Although no one likes to think about the possibility of a pet getting sick, especially with a disease like cancer, detection, diagnosis, and treatments for pet cancer are getting better and better, improving patient outcomes.
November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, and at TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, we like to use the opportunity to educate our pet parents about the signs of pet cancer and the importance of early detection.
The Importance of Early Detection
You’re probably already familiar with the difference that early detection of cancer in people can have on treatment outcomes. The same is true for our pets, too. If a pet starts to develop cancerous lesions, detecting them early can mean the difference between effective treatment or the cancerous cells having the opportunity to spread throughout the body and become much more difficult to successfully address.
Scheduling regular wellness exams for your pets can help increase the chances of detecting cancer and other diseases early. Routine exams help us establish a baseline of your pet’s health which makes it much easier to detect potentially concerning changes that could indicate signs of illness and prompt further testing.
Signs and Symptoms of Cancer in Pets
Countless types of cancers can affect pets, and the symptoms can be quite different depending on the type of cancer present. That being said, these are some of the signs and symptoms of cancer in pets that you can be on the lookout for:
Lumps, bumps, or other abnormal growths
Rapid, unexplained weight loss
Increased thirst or urination
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Disinterest in play or exercise
Changes in or trouble with bowel movements
Bleeding in the mouth or from the rectum
Abdominal stiffness or firm swelling
Sores that do not heal
If you notice any changes in your pet’s behavior, energy level, appetite, or appearance, we strongly encourage you to schedule an examination with a veterinarian at TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic. We can thoroughly examine your pet and run any necessary diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause of your pet’s symptoms.
Veterinary Cancer Treatments
There are a variety of treatment approaches for addressing cancer in pets. Often a combination of treatments will be recommended for addressing a pet’s cancer. However, cancer treatment for pets can vary greatly and depend on the type of cancer, the location, and the stage at which the cancer is detected.
To learn more about cancer in pets and the treatments available, we welcome you to contact TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic today.