Did you know that cancer accounts for almost half the deaths of pets over 10 years of age? While I didn't realize this (or that dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans, while cats get fewer cancers), I do believe that using animal-friendly products and high-quality food is essential to our pets' well-being. Because of the dangers of household cleaners, environmental toxins, and chemicals in their foods, it's important to know what symptoms to watch out for — with early detection, cancer can be a treatable disease for furry friends.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the 10 common signs of cancer in small animals are:
- Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
- Sores that do not heal
- Weight loss
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- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
- Offensive odor
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
- Persistent lameness or stiffness
- Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecting
Now, you'll probably recognize that some symptoms overlap with other illnesses, but anytime you notice just one of these things, please take your pet to the vet — even though it could be nothing, it could very well be something, too.