At my most recent Colorado Dog Trainers Network meeting, we were fortunate enough to have Christine Hardy , DVM, MBA, MPH from the CSU Animal Cancer Center speak with us about cancer in dogs and cats.
She provided us with the Top Ten Warning Signs of Cancer in Pet Animals:
- Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow.
- Sores that do not heal.
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
- Offensive odor
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
- Persistent lameness
- Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating
Many of these signs can be due to issues other than cancer, but if you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to see your veterinarian.
For more information, you can also visit the Colorado State University Animal Cancer Center website.