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Pet Cancer Warning Signs

Pet Cancer Warning Signs

Pets are susceptible to the same types of cancer that people get. Cancer can strike at any age, but it is usually a disease of middle-aged and older dogs and cats. And it is all too common: Cancer causes almost half the deaths of pets older than 10 years.

Here is a checklist of possible warning signs of some pet cancers:

If your pet exhibits any of these signs, call your vet.

1. Your pet has a lump or sore that won’t go away.

2. Your pet is eating but losing weight.

3. It is hard for your pet to chew or swallow.

4. There is a discharge or bleeding from any body opening.

5. Your pet has a bad smell.

6. Your pet tires easily and doesn’t want to exercise.

7. Your pet has quit eating for more than a day or two.

Read more: Pets, Everyday Pet Care

Adapted from New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats, by Amy D. Shojai and the editors of Prevention Pets (Rodale Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Amy Shojai. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats, by Amy D. Shojai and the editors of Prevention Pets (Rodale Press, 1999).

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5:46AM PST on Nov 16, 2013


4:14AM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

If your companion animal suddenly changes it's behaviour or appearance in any way, after two days take it to the vet. If it's a dramatic change then leave it only overnight before seeking professional help. The charge for a check-up by the vet is well worth it for your peace of mind, & many things are treatable if caught early enough.

10:01AM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

My kitty Jessica who is 13 years old has cancer. Right now she is doing well on her medications. I hope someday there will be no more cancer that our furry family can get or humans for that matter. Cancer has been with us for centuries and you'd think by now there would be a cure or a vaccine to prevent it from happening. I'm supporting cancer research so that one day it will be a thing of the past.

7:20AM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

oi and next would be?

10:28AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

thanks for the tips.

5:14AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Check it/them regularly

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2:29AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thanks for the info

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