More info from the talk by Christine Hardy, DVM, MBA, MPH from the CSU Animal Cancer Center. In an earlier post, I listed the Top Ten Warning Signs of Cancer in Pets. This post lists some of the possible behavior changes you might see if your dog has cancer:

Some possible behavioral changes you might see in your dog if s/he has cancer are:

  • Change in habits
  • Lethargy
  • Personality change
  • Over/under reactive
  • Aggressive
  • Urinating/defecating in the house
  • Fearful
  • Subdued
  • Incoordination
  • Weakness
  • Changes in vocalizations
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety

Clearly, these signs can also be due to other issues – both medical and behavioral. If you see changes in your dog, it’s best to get it checked out. First, a visit to your vet to rule out medical causes. If you get a clean bill of health, then it’s time to call a Dog Behavior Consultant. Whether it’s medical or behavioral, we don’t want our dogs to suffer if there’s something we can do to help.