Did you know that 1 out of every 4 dogs and 1 out of every 5 cats will be diagnosed with cancer each year?

Cancer is, in fact, the number one cause of disease-related death in dogs and cats.  Although cancer can be a scary diagnosis, it is important to know that many treatment options exist for our pets.  One of the best ways to improve the chance of successful treatment is early detection, so we want to share changes that your pet may experience that could indicate a problem such as cancer exists.  If you notice any of these symptoms, please see your veterinarian for further evaluation or contact UVH.

Top Ten Signs of Cancer in Pets

1.  Enlarged or changing lumps and bumps

2.  Sores that do not heal

3.  Chronic weight loss or weight gain

4.  Change in appetite, especially loss of appetite

5.  A persistent cough

6.  Persistent limping or stiffness

7.  Unpleasant odor from the mouth or another body area

8.  Difficulty breathing, eating or swallowing

9.  Difficulty urinating or defecating

10.  Bleeding or discharge from any opening

Many people don’t realize that there are veterinary specialists who specialize in cancer care known as veterinary oncologists.  Dr. Beck is the oncologist here at UVH and she wants to provide the best possible experience for both pets and pet parents who are dealing with this difficult diagnosis.  She also holds certifications in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative care, so she can provide many options for you and your pet, even if you choose not to pursue conventional treatment.

If you have questions about a cancer diagnosis or suspect that your pet may have cancer, give us a call at 318-797-5522.