Cancer in Your Pets: Signs and Symptoms

The worst nightmare is finding out your beloved pet has cancer. Unfortunately, this is a reality that many pet owners face, so it’s best to be prepared by learning the signs and symptoms you should be looking out for.

Here are some warning signs of cancer in your pet that you shouldn’t avoid getting checked out.

LumpsPet Cancer and Symptoms

While pets often have lumps and bumps under their skin, it’s best to stay alert to these and get them checked out. Often, these are only fatty deposits under the skin, but it’s always best to get your vet involved. They can do a needle biopsy to check whether the cells are cancerous or not.

Strange odors

If you start to notice strong, offensive odors coming from your cat or dog’s mouth, ears, or elsewhere, it’s a good idea to get them checked out. These smells can sometimes be a symptom of cancer related to those areas.

Wounds that won’t heal

If your dog or cat has a wound that won’t seem to heal properly, it could be cause for concern. This can indicate that your pet is suffering from an infection or some other issue.

Unexplained changes in weight

If your pet suddenly loses or gains a lot of weight, it’s essential that you take them to the vet as soon as possible. Unexplained weight changes can be a sign of cancer or some other serious gastrointestinal issue.

While it’s always sad to think about our canine and feline friends falling ill, it’s best to know what to look for ahead of time so that you are able to get them the help they need immediately!

At Hill Country Pet Sitters Plus, we love the animals we care for and always want the best for them. Check back on our blog for advice about pet care and health, and give us a call at 830-624-9284 to learn about our in-home care services for pets.

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