Sunday, 18 August 2013

Do You Know These 5 Warning Signs Of Pet Cancer?

Today, your dog isn’t interested in eating nor has energy that was exhibited yesterday. Normally, your dog is eager to eat and equally eager to play and get into mischief. Being the excellent parent that you are, you make an appointment for your dog to see your veterinarian. While you aren’t sure what may be going on, in your gut you know that this isn’t normal behavior.

Vet visits are vital to your dog’s health
Your vet comes in and asks qualifying questions. You both agree to run blood work and various other tests that may need to occur. A few days later, your vet calls with the test results. Then, the word comes across the phone and you feel like the wind was just sucked out of you. Your heart drops to your feet. What is the word? Cancer.

Do you know the early warning signs that your dog may have cancer? It’s important to note that most of these symptoms could also indicate another ailment and they are not isolated to a cancer diagnosis. Should your dog be exhibiting one or any of these symptoms, the best option is call your veterinarian for an exam and testing. Here are five (5) warning signs of cancer :

Lumps and Bumps :

Yes, there are going to be lumps and bumps that your dog will develop throughout their life. The only way to know for sure if the new “growth” on your dog is not cancerous, consult with your vet. One easy thing that you can do weekly, massage your dog. Sitting down on the floor, giving your dog a nice overall massage not only will feel great for your dog (you too) and isolate bonding time, this will also allow for you to identify any new growths.

Change in Appetite :

If your dog goes from being a passionate eater to no or little interest; providing no change in their diet, consult with your vet. A change of appetite in your dog doesn’t necessarily mean cancer, when a dog has no interest, more times than not there is something going on that needs further investigation.

Pain : 

Providing your dog did not jump off the bed like Superman, and there is indication of pain, consult your vet. If your dog is limping, sensitive to touch; or, the pain is too great for your dog to move, your dog needs to see your vet.

Wound takes long to heal :

If your dog has an open wound and it is taking longer than normal to close and heal, medical attention is needed.

Foul odor : 

You know you just bathed your dog and has been inside, yet, there is a foul odor. This sign is of concern as cancer will produce an odor.

Again, not all of the signs above mean that cancer is present within; they do indicate that medical attention is needed and should be sought as quickly as possible. The best thing to help “fight” cancer begins with prevention, early detection, and research.  I found myself in this situation twice with my dogs; I am thankful that I authorized testing as this was a valuable tool in early detection and did tons of research (nutrition, exercise, well being, etc).  As a result, my one dog is cancer free after three years; my other dog passed March 2012 but it was not the cancer that took her.  Her and I fought the cancer for two years and we were able to keep it isolated and non-growing.  If I had not done my homework, my outcome may have been different.


  1. I just lost my dog (possibly to Pancreatic Cancer), can you share information about how you helped your dog(s)? You mentioned nutrition, exercise, and well being. What can I do for my next pup to make sure that this doesn't happen again?

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  4. Thanks for this informative post. More than ever, there are a lot of news about dogs having cancer and it's so sad. My vet told me that cancer may be genetics and I'm sure a lot of pet owners feel that it's like Russian roulette! I've been reading a lot about cancer information and boy, there are a lot of these cancers. I think the most painful would be bone cancer as I've read that in one of the sites I've visited before. If you need information on bone cancer, here's a great site to start with. See: