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Top 10 Signs of Pet Cancer

Did you know: Pet cancer is the No. 1 health problem for dogs and cats. In fact, dogs and cats get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans. And there’s more: Cancer is the leading disease-related killer among dogs and cats, accounting for nearly 50% of these deaths. The good news: Detected early, pet cancer can be effectively treated.

Here are the 10 Early Warning Signs to watch for, as recommended by the Veterinary Cancer Society:

  1. Abnormal, persistent swelling
  2. Sores that do not heal
  3. Loss of weight
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  6. Offensive odor
  7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
  8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
  9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
  10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating

If your pet has any of these early warning signs, you should take him to the veterinarian as soon as possible for a complete examination. Help prevent your pet from developing pet cancer by keeping him away from environmental toxins like lawn fertilizers and surface and rug cleaners that have warning labels relative to children and pets. Many veterinarians see a link between environmental toxins and cancer.