Signs Your Pet Has Cancer and Should Go to the Veterinarian

Cancer does not only affect humans; our pets are at risk too.  Cancer is the number one cause of disease-related death in older cats and dogs.  Signs your pet has cancer could be recognized by a sudden change in pet’s behavior or appearance indicating you should go to the veterinarian.

Signs Your Pet Has Cancer

  •         Lumps and bumps.  Not all lumps or bumps under the skin are cancerous.  If a bump is not resolving itself in size, a needle biopsy is commonly done.  Look for swollen lymph nodes behind jaws or knees.
  •         Abnormal odors.  Offensive odors from dog or cat’s mouth, ears, or any other part of the body.  Oftentimes cancers of the mouth, nose, or anal regions cause foul odors.
  •         Abnormal discharges.  Blood, pus, vomiting, or diarrhea.  If a cat or dog’s abdomen becomes distended, it could be a sign of abnormal discharge within the body.
  •         Nonhealing wounds.  Wounds or sores that are not healing could be a sign of infection, skin disease, or a sign your pet has cancer.
  •         Weight loss.  Cancer can cause sudden weight loss.
  •         Change in appetite.  Stop eating without recognizable cause.
  •         Coughing or difficulty breathing.  Dry, nonproductive coughing. This could be a sign of lung cancer.  Cancer can metastasize through the lungs.
  •         Lethargy or depression.  Sleeping more and playing less.  Lameness or stiffness can be signs of bone cancer. 
  •         Changes in bathroom habits.  Urinary or bowel habits change.  Blood in stool or urine.
  •         Evidence of pain in your pet. Distress of sorts.

Older pets should have veterinarian examinations every six months.

Animal Medical Center of Appleton can help you with any important questions you may have. We serve pets in the Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Grand Chute, and the surrounding areas. Call 920-749-1717 or visit us at the Animal Medical Center of Appleton.