What Does It Mean if My Pet Has Cancer?


Unlike humans, it is difficult for a pet to explain how they feel, either hunger or pain. Some of them just whimper or stay calm, and you wonder what is wrong with them. Sometimes you may be able to figure out that your pet is sick and take them to a vet. But it may be difficult to tell what is wrong when the usual sickness signs don't show up. What will be more shocking will be to realise that your pet has cancer! Unfortunately, the detection of cancer in pets usually happens quite late.

So, what does it mean if your pet has cancer? Cancer usually refers to the unusual growth of cells or tissues, which can cause discomfort. In a pet, it can be noticed as swellings or lumps in some parts of the body, if external. Here are some indicators that may mean your pet has cancer:

Abnormal swelling

This is a very obvious sign, that can be noticed early. It is like a lump or bump that grows under an animal skin. (This is why it is important to get close to your pet enough to notice a sign like this). A cancerous cell would most likely continue to grow and swell out from the animal. The pet should be biopsied for certainty. If cancerously positive, at least, your vet knows what to do.

Sores that take so long to heal

Your pet may have a sore which you have attributed to an injury. If after caring for it with ointment and antibiotics and there seems to be no improvement, that's a cancerous signal and you should see your vet soon.

Appetite loss

When your pet, which rejoices when it's breakfast or lunchtime nibs at its food, then you know that there is an issue. There might be a mass in the intestines. This will make your pet sour and nonchalant about food. Difficulty with eating or swallowing may also be a lump in the neck that makes the oesophagus hurt.

Discharge from the body

Unusual discharge from body parts may indicate cancer, especially if there is a swelling around the discharge area. The discharge may be milky or bloody. Although bleeding does not always mean cancer, it will be better to not take chances by not visiting a vet.

Weight loss

A leaning pet that is not dieting requires urgent attention. It may be that the pet is not eating as it is expected or the activity level has dropped with the fact that the weight has noticeably reduced. This is usually caused by an intestinal tumour.

Loss of Stamina

Severe internal pain from swollen points can affect a pet's stamina. Sometimes, you may notice that they tend to limp without an injury. Some other times, instead of running or jumping during regular playtimes, your pet may only walk with occasional staggering. There is an issue. If there are no noticeable swelling or sores, it may be a heart tumour, which does not have a hurting effect on body parts but can slow down the entire activities of the body. Bone cancer can also be responsible for lameness and movement pains. Nevertheless, lameness happens more frequently, but it is not always an indication of cancer.

Other indicators

Include bad odour emanating from body openings including the mouth, nostrils or anus. Difficulty with respiration and excretion can also require that you visit a your vat..

Does this mean my pet has cancer?

Of course, not! You should know that these are just signs that can be indicators of something serious. The signs don't necessarily mean that your pet has cancer until test results from a trusted veterinarian have indicated so. As long as early actions are taken, your pet will be fine. Cancer is usually common with older pets and may cause death if not detected early. Vet centres can easily detect cancerous cells in pets, now, unlike previous years when they do blind treatments because they are not sure. In the face of improved technology, your pet can be tested early to know if it has cancer, especially with the highlighted signs mentioned.

For early detection of health challenges that your pet may be going through, it is better to follow an ideal check-up routine for your pet at a veterinary centre. It is recommended to take your pet for a medical check-up every 6 months.

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