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November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer is among the leading cause of death in dogs and close to half of the dogs over the age of 10 develop cancer. According to the American veterinary medical association. There are nearly 100 types of cancer and while getting a cancer diagnosis can be devastating for pet owners. Dogs and cats today have a better chance of being successfully treated than ever before.

These are the most common warning signs of disease in dogs and cats.

Sudden Changing Lump

As one of the most well-known cancers in humans, the same is applicable to animals. A lump can be an indicator of many kinds of disease and it should be biopsied as soon as possible to determine whether it is benign or malignant.

Abdominal Distention

When the stomach area becomes rapidly enlarged, this may suggest a mass or tumor in the abdomen. Or it indicates bleeding that is occurring in this area. A radiograph or ultrasound of the abdomen can be very useful since abdominal tumors are the second most common in pets.

Swollen Lymph Nodes

Pets lymph hubs can be found all through the body, however are most handily recognized behind the jaw or knees. When swollen, this can be a sign of lymphoma, another common cancer in pets.

Persistent Sores

Wounds that never quite heal and continue to bleed despite time, antibiotics, or ointments can be an indicator of multiple types of cancer. Have a veterinarian check it out if you’re concerned about their sores.

Persistent cough

A dry, non-productive cough in older dogs could indicate a tumor near the lungs or heart. Remember that more youthful pets who have been as of late embraced or boarded are bound to encounter pet hotel hack than malignant growth.

Unusual Signs or Behavior

Additional ailments and behavior that could be indicators of this disease include sudden weight gain/loss chronic vomiting and/or unexplained bleeding. difficulty breathing or swallowing, and sudden loss of stamina or energy.

Wrap Up

When cancer is suspected or confirmed, your veterinarian recommends that you consult with a veterinarian oncologist. Who has obtained additional training and certification from the American college of veterinary internal medicine (ACVIM) in oncology? Together, they will determine the best course of action and provide the best care for your pet.

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