But, similar to human beings, some cases of cancer are curable if they are found and diagnosed at an early stage. Educating yourself about the early signs of cancer and keeping your pets healthy and keep you from experiencing the worst nightmare of every pet owner.
There are ten early warning signs of cancer that every pet parent should know and look out for, especially canine owners. If you see any of the symptoms below, contact and schedule an appointment with a veterinarian as soon as possible.
#1 – The most common way to detect cancer in a pet is through finding a lump on or under the skin. Make it a habit to check your pet’s skin — especially around the face and behind the ears too.
#2 – The common symptom of a tumor is an unusual offensive odor that could come from your pet’s mouth, nose, or even the rectal area. You shouldn't ignore this type of symptom when it appears.
#3 – If your pet is on a regular diet and you notice a sudden loss of weight, it may be a case of a serious illness or disease making itself known
#4 – Loss of appetite is another symptom. If your pet suddenly loses interest in meals and favorite treats, then it could be caused by a health condition, which is commonly cancer.
#5 – If your pet’s wounds are not healing you should contact a veterinarian immediately because it could be a symptom of a more serious medical condition.
#6 – Abnormal bleeding or discharge can also be an early sign of cancer or an infection.
#7 – If your pet is frequently suffering from diarrhea and/or vomiting, and if you notice bloating and swelling around the abdominal area, you should see a veterinarian.
#8 – Sudden lameness and lack of energy can be caused by a serious illness. So if you notice your pet is not acting normal, contact a veterinarian.
#9 – Shortness of breath accompanied with coughing and/or sneezing after a brief period of activity (walking, running or playing) could be an early sign of lung cancer.
#10 – If your pet becomes irritable and snappy, it can be caused by pain. Observe your pet further and look for other symptoms.
Keep in mind that prevention is better than cure. Natural care and treatment for pets can lower their risk for developing cancer.
Using multiple integrative modalities is the norm for treating cancer patients – some clients choose chemotherapy, and others don’t, but we use nutritional supplements, ozone therapy, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and other things together to improve a pet’s chances of having a quality life.
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