Cancer is a nightmare for anyone. The dog owners will have a tough time of their pet has fallen for this deadly disease. Dogs generally cannot communicate about heir discomforts to us. It is up to the owners to keep track on their behavior pattern to notice when there are changes. While there is nothing about subtle about signs of dog cancer, many of the symptoms or signs could also hint towards other diseases.
Canine cancer is curable if detected at an early stage. Many people relate cancer to some kind of lump or tumor. It is true there might be lumps, but it may still stay smaller to be detected. In such cases it is important that you know what to look for. The common symptoms of canine cancer are,
- Lumps make the top of the list and most apparent sign of cancer. Feel the dog’s skin closer to check if there are any lumps or bumps on them. See if is clearing away in a few days or it grows. Either way, it is better to consult with the vet at the earliest to do a biopsy and done with it.
- Odors: Dogs are smelly and might even have bad breath, but that does not compare to the foul smell they might have when they have cancer. The smell could be strong and intolerable. It could be from the mouth or other body openings.
- Discharge from any hole of the dog’s worry for longer is a case of concern. The dog might have vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from nose, ears, or eyes. It can even be a leaky bladder or foul smelling discharge from its anus. If the discharge is persistent, do not hesitate.
- Wounds not healing: If the dog becomes a slow healer and the wounds take longer than usual to heal, consider it as an alarm. Make immediate appointment with the vet.
- Weight loss or gain: The dog may show either weight loss or weight gain if they are attacked by the cancerous cells. Either way, the change would be sudden and alarming. The dog might be bloated, eating less and yet may gain weight. The weight loss seems to be the major sign of cancer and could most likely, that affecting the gastrointestinal area.
- Lack of appetite or the opposite is also concerning. The weight loss of gain will have a direct relation to its appetite. In most cases the appetite is likely to come down. The weight loss is partly due to the lack of enough eating.
- Respiratory problems: The dog affected by cancer may have difficulty is breathing or has constant coughing. If the coughing does not stop in a day or two, it might be a problem.
- Sitting idle for long: Cancer affected dog will be lethargic, or suffer from depression. The dog otherwise active could all off a sudden become moody and withdrawn. If the dog does not show interest in any activities, consider it a sign of the cancer attack.
- Bathroom accidents: If all of a sudden the dog seems to have forgotten it has a designated bathroom and indulge itself in frequent accidents, it is worrying. The frequent wetting and urging you constantly to go out for bathroom breaks can make things change to the worse.
- Pain: The dog would sure have pain because of cancer cells. If the dog has difficulty walking around or is limping unnecessary, show reluctance to touch anywhere in particular could all add and lead to cancer. If the dog whines anytime you touch him, do not let him suffer, seek medical attention immediately.
- Seizures are rarely seen but a possible sign of cancer in dogs. The sudden outbursts of emotion could hint towards a tumor in brain that is affecting its behavior. Foaming at the mouth, the frequent chewing etc are signs of seizures. This sign is more prevalent in older dogs.