Recognizing Signs of Cancer in Pets - Onalaska Animal Hospital

Recognizing Signs of Cancer in Pets-Onalaska Animal Hospital 

Detecting cancer early in pets can make a significant difference in treatment outcomes. But what are the warning signs? As pet owners, understanding these symptoms is crucial. Here’s what to watch for and what to do to ensure you're proactive in safeguarding your furry friend's health.

Understanding pet cancer 

Cancer is a disease characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. It can affect pets of all ages and breeds. Although thinking about cancer may be stressful, early detection and treatment can greatly improve the prognosis.

Signs to look out for

  1. Lumps and bumps

Any new lumps or bumps on your pet's body should be seen by your veterinarian. Although not all nodules are cancerous, it is important to rule out malignancy. 

  1. Changes in appetite

A sudden loss of appetite or increased hunger can indicate a variety of health problems, including cancer. If your pet's eating habits change significantly, see your veterinarian. 

  1. Weight loss

Unexplained weight loss can be a worrying sign. If your pet is losing weight without changing their diet or exercise program, it is important to investigate the underlying cause. 

  1. Lethargy

A noticeable drop in energy levels, reluctance to play or exercise, and a general lack of interest in daily life can be a sign of an illness such as cancer. 

  1. Changes in toilet habits

If your pet experiences unexplained diarrhea, constipation, or changes in urinary habits, this may indicate a problem that needs attention.

  1. Cough or difficulty breathing

A persistent cough, difficulty breathing, or unusual sounds when breathing may indicate respiratory cancer or breast cancer. 

  1. Vomiting or diarrhea

Occasional vomiting or diarrhea is normal, but persistent or severe symptoms may indicate a problem. 

  1. Oral abnormalities

Unexplained bleeding from the mouth, difficulty eating, drooling, or visible growths in the mouth should be seen by a veterinarian. 

  1. Changes in behavior

Any significant changes in your pet's behavior, personality, or daily routine should be investigated. These include fear, aggression, or a sudden aversion to physical contact. 

  1. Odor

If your pet has bad breath or body odor, it may be a sign of mouth or skin cancer. 

What to do 

If you notice any of the above signs, it is important to act immediately. Early detection of cancer is essential for successful treatment. Here are the steps you need to follow: 

  1. Consult a veterinarian

Consult a veterinarian at Onalaska Animal Hospital. We have a cutting-edge screening test that detects the seven most common canine cancers, even before clinical signs appear. Additionally, we can perform a thorough exam to determine the cause of your pet's symptoms. 

  1. Get the recommended diagnostic tests

We may also recommend diagnostic tests such as blood tests, x-rays, and biopsies. We’ll advise you on any tests needed to identify the problem. These tests can help confirm or rule out cancer. 

  1. Discuss treatment options

If cancer is diagnosed, we’ll discuss treatment options with you. Depending on the type and stage of cancer, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other specialized therapies. 

  1. Provide comfort and support

Throughout the treatment process, your pet needs your love and support. Maintain a comfortable and stress-free environment and follow all recommended post-treatment care methods.

Expert Care at Onalaska Animal Hospital

At Onalaska Animal Hospital, we understand the emotional challenges of facing a pet's cancer diagnosis. Our dedicated team of veterinarians and staff are here to provide expert care, support, and compassion during this difficult time. We'll work with you to create a customized treatment plan that aligns with your pet's needs and your family's goals.

Early detection and expert care can make a significant difference in your pet's prognosis. If you have concerns about your pet's health or notice any unusual signs, please don't hesitate to contact Onalaska Animal Hospital. We're here to help you provide the best care for your furry family member and improve their quality of life.