Pet owners can ensure a long healthy life to their pets by providing a wholesome diet, exercise, new experiences and mental stimulation. However it is important to keep in mind that a pet can be internally sick without showing any signs on the outside. For this reason, regular veterinary checkups, usually every six months, is recommended.
Early detection of any disease is key to treatment, especially if the case is cancer. Canine cancer is the leading cause of natural death as statics show that 50% of canines over age 10 are susceptible to developing a form of cancer. When it comes to canine cancer detection, it is notoriously difficult however with vigilant and proactive attention, one can learn the signs of what to look for, as we shall discuss:
The first and easiest sign to detect is any unusual bad orders from your dogs mouth or rectal area. This could indicate a presence of a tumour.
Although not all tumours are cancerous, the second symptom would be to check for any bumps or lumps. Often older dogs develop fatty deposits or benign lumps but detection of any growth should be checked out by a veterinarian, just in case. Be on the lookout for persistent sores or wounds that do not heal overtimes as this could be a sign of abnormal cell growth in your dog.
Dogs tend to have a pretty consistent weight unless there is a diet change. So another sign for concern would be sudden weight loss or gain.
If your dog maintains a regular diet and seems to still lose weight or gain weight then this may indicate the presence of gastrointestinal tumour. This is coupled with a change in appetite. Many health conditions can cause a dog to lose interest in food and cancer is one of them.
Granted some dogs are lazy but a change in behaviour such as spending more time sleeping is a cause for concern. A usually active dog depending on the personality, showing a sign of lethargy is reason enough to see a veterinarian.
A change in your pet’s gait is a sign of stiffness or lameness. Older dogs tend to develop arthritis which presents itself as stiffness or lameness but so does bone cancer. A sudden and persistent lameness in the form of limping or favouring a limp, indicate the presence of pain and should be checkout as soon as possible. It is an obvious sign of illness when bodily functions become laboured or painful. For instance if your pet is having difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating then it could indicate the presence of a mass putting weight on the respiratory, urinary or digestive system. Unusual poop like diarrhoea or hardened black tarry stool is a symptom for illness. Abnormal discharge such as from the eye or even bleeding from anywhere is also a cause for concern. With advanced pet care and veterinary medicine there is no reason to be paranoid. Instead be proactive and get informed about early detection signs and above all maintain regular veterinarian checkups.