Signs of Cancer in Pets: What to Look For
At The Colony Animal Clinic, we often get asked about the signs of cancer in pets. Cancer is actually quite common in animals, especially as they age. However, it's not always easy to tell if your pet has cancer just by looking at them. In this blog post, I'll share some common signs of cancer in pets and what you should do if you think your pet may have cancer.
Common Cancer Symptoms
One of the most common signs of cancer in pets is a change in appetite. If your pet is eating less than usual or has lost their appetite altogether, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Other common signs include weight loss, lethargy, and changes in bathroom habits. If you notice any of these changes in your pet, it's important to take them to the vet for an evaluation as soon as possible.
At the vet's office, we will perform a physical examination and may also recommend blood work and imaging tests such as x-rays or ultrasounds. These tests can help us diagnose cancer or rule out other potential causes of the symptoms you're seeing. If your pet does have cancer, there are many treatment options available depending on the type and stage of the cancer. Treatment options can range from surgery to chemotherapy to palliative care. The best thing you can do for your pet is to catch cancer early so that treatment can be started as soon as possible.
If you notice any changes in your pet's appetite, weight, energy level, or bathroom habits, it's important to take them to the vet right away. Early detection is key when it comes to treating cancer in pets. With today's advanced treatments, many pets are able to live long and happy lives even after being diagnosed with cancer. If you think your pet may have cancer, don't hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.