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.