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Spotting the Signs of Cancer in Dogs and Cats


Cancer is a scary diagnosis for any pet owner to face. But, just like in humans, the earlier cancer is caught in our furry friends, the better the chances are for successful treatment. With that in mind, here are some signs to look out for that may indicate your pet has cancer.

Lumps and Bumps

One of the most common signs of cancer in both dogs and cats is the presence of lumps or bumps under the skin. These growths can appear anywhere on the body and range in size from small and pea-sized to large and grapefruit-sized. If you notice any lumps or bumps on your pet, have them examined by your veterinarian as soon as possible.


Sores that Don't Heal

If you notice any sores on your pet that don't seem to be healing—or are taking an unusually long time to heal—it could be a sign of cancer. Be sure to take note of where the sore is located, what it looks like, and how long it has been present so you can give your vet a clear picture.


Weight Loss/Loss of Appetite

Unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite can also be a sign of cancer, especially in older pets. If your pet seems to be losing weight without changing their diet or activity level, it's worth a trip to the vet to have them checked out.


Changes in Bathroom Habits   

Cancer can also affect your pet's bathroom habits. If you notice any changes in urination (frequency, accidents, blood in urine), defecation ( frequency, diarrhea, blood in stool), or vomiting, it's important to have your pet seen by a veterinarian at Mariemont Veterinary Clinic as soon as possible.


While cancer is certainly a scary diagnosis for any pet owner, remember that it's important to remain calm and act quickly if you suspect something may be wrong. The earlier cancer is caught in our furry friends, the better the chances are for successful treatment. So if you notice any unusual lumps, bumps, sores, weight loss, loss of appetite, or changes in bathroom habits in your dog or cat, please contact us right away.



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