What are some of the the signs of Cancer in our pets?

Early detection of cancer in our pets is an important factor in successful treatment.    Some common signs may be vague such as loss of appetite, vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, antisocial behavior, lethargy, increased thirst and urination, or urinary incontinence.  More specific signs may include the appearance or changes in swellings or masses, non-healing skin lesions, limping or lameness, nose bleeds, or other bleeding, or difficulty eating.

How might we be able lower the risk of cancer or possibly prevent it in our pets? 

There is no certain way to prevent cancer, however, some actions may lower the risk. These may include:

  • Avoid repeated exposure environmental tobacco smoke, pesticides and herbicides
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Spay female dogs and cats before first heat
  • Minimize inflammation from trauma, vaccination
  • Increase physical activity, feed vegetables
  • Regularly check for lumps and bumps.