Pet cancer is not something you want to think about your pet having but this serious disease increases with age in our household pets. Cancer is best defined as cell growth that is uncontrolled in the body of your pet. It is quite common in pets over the age of ten, especially dogs. At some point in their life, over 50% of dogs may develop skin cancer, malignant lymphomas, bone and breast cancer.
Early Warning Signs of Cancer
Watch for the early warning signs of pet cancer and see your veterinarian right away. They include:
• Sores that do not heal
• Abnormal swelling in any area of the body
• Appetite loss
• Weight loss
• Discharge or bleeding from anywhere in the body
• Offensive odor
• Difficulty urinating or defecating
• Loss of stamina
• No interest in exercise
• Persistent lameness or stiffness
• Difficulty breathing
Tips For Reducing Your Pet’s Risk Of Cancer
While the cause of pet cancer is still now known, there are some things you can do that will go a long way in preventing it. Take a look at the following strategies to help your four-legged friend:
- Feed Your Pet A Healthy Diet – no doubt, pet cancer has increased over the years with the growth of commercial dog food industry. Choose a high-quality pet food that is made in the U.S. or Canada. Avoid any pet food produced in China, as the quality and regulation control is non-existent.
- Spay Or Neuter – prior to the first ‘heat cycle’ in female pets, spaying will reduce the risk of developing mammary cancer due to the influence of hormones. For male pets, have them undergo the surgery as late as possible to reduce the risk of getting cancer.
- Help Your Pet Avoid Undue Stress – just like humans, it is important for your pet NOT to be exposed to second-hand smoke, smog, fumes or dangerous household chemicals.
- Give Pure, Clean Water To Drink – this will help them avoid toxins, chemicals and pollutants. One option is to attach a filter to the water faucet outside and inside for the whole family, including your pets.
Watch for any symptoms and do all you can to prevent cancer in your pet. If you notice any unusual symptoms, see your veterinarian immediately. Early detection and treatment can make all the difference between life and death. One of the best ways is to schedule an annual veterinary exam that will include a blood, urine and fecal test. This is an excellent way to catch any cancer early and much easier to treat. There are many options that can help prolong and lengthen the quality of life of your four-legged friend and companion.