1 in 4 dogs die of cancer. This is a sobering statistic. Fortunately, organizations like Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center are making a difference in the battle against cancer.
Dogs let you know they are sick in many different ways. Several of the dog’s owners in the Survivors – Your Best Friend’s Journey with Cancer book told me that they felt “abnormal swellings or bumps” on their dogs. Others said that their dog had “persistent lameness”. Be on the lookout for the warnings signs with your dog and check your dog regularly. Please read below for more warning signs of cancer.
Top 10 Warning Signs of Cancer in Pet Animals
#1 Abnormal swellings that persistent or continue to grow
#2 Sores that do not heal
#3 Weight loss
#4 Loss of appetite
#5 Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
#6 Offensive odor
#7 Difficulty eating or swallowing
#8 Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
#9 Persistent lameness
#10 Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating
Of course, please consult a veterinarian if you have more questions or concerns that your pet is showing one or more signs above.
For more information about Dogs and Cancer please see the source of this information: Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center.
Jaime Rowe is the author of Survivors – Your Best Friend’s Journey with Cancer and a Denver pet photographer. She believes that we can find a cure for this disease. Proceeds from her book are donated to the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation and Colorado State University.
She resides in Morrison, Colorado with her husband, two children, Labrador (Doc) Chihuahua (Sydney) and two cats (Cali and Bailey).