The Big C: Watching for Signs of Cancer in Your Pet

By April 9, 2017 Pet Care No Comments

labrador-380800_1920Cancer is a terrible, all-too-common thing. People all over the world fight it every day, and so do our pets. Give your pet a fighting chance; know and watch for the signs of cancer in your pet. The earlier you catch it, the better the chances that you and your pet will continue to live happily together.

Check for Lumps

Some dogs are just “lumpy.” Many times, the lumps are just cysts that will go away on their own, or that need to be perforated and heal. However, it’s important to keep an eye on them, even if your pet has a history of them. Check them often and watch for changes in consistency, color, and size. Have your vet evaluate them, tell you what to expect and how to check them, and see your vet anytime you suspect changes have occurred. When it comes to concerns about cancer, you cannot be too careful.

Wounds that Won’t Heal

A wound that won’t heal could be a sign of infection. Or, it could be a cancerous area. Always have persistent wounds checked ASAP. Generally, it’s good to have a vet check any wound on your pet to make sure that it heals properly.

Strange Smells

New smells can indicate a lot of things. For example, your dog’s ears may have an odor if they have an infection. Always have new smells checked by your veterinarian. They may turn out to be nothing terrible, but even if they’re just an infection, you can get whatever it is treated before it gets worse. The same goes for unusual discharge. Any new smells or leaks should be evaluated immediately.

Talk to your vet about the signs of cancer in your pet. Know what to watch for, particularly if your pet is older. Come see us at Pet Vet Hospitals; we’re here to keep your pet healthy.