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There are many symptoms that point to the possibility of dog cancer. Each 1 of these symptoms can be caused by another condition. However, if you notice your dog having a few of these warning signs at the same time, it’s best you bring your dog to a vet for a check-up.
1) Collapsing: Collapsing is a major warning sign for dogs. Don’t wait out to see if your dog is fine after some time. Bring it to a vet quickly. The symptoms of collapsing, lethargy, and weakness are usual signs of dog cancer. This is particularly true in the large breed dogs. Even though they collapse and seem fine the next time, it could be a sign that there’s a tumor of the spleen.
2) Coughing: If your dog coughs it does not directly mean that it has cancer. Some small breed dogs can develop coughs due to windpipe problems. If your dog coughs once or twice, don’t be too concerned. However, if it coughs continuously for a couple of days, there’s a possibility that your dog has lung cancer.
3) Weight Loss: Weight loss is the top symptom of dog cancer that vets see. The presence of gastrointestinal tumors can cause sudden weight loss in dogs. Dogs stop eating as much as they do because of these gastrointestinal tumors. Even if your dog eats as much as it usually does, it can still lose weight due to cancer. So if you realize that your dog is losing weight either quickly or slowly, bring it to a vet.
4) Mouth Changes: Changes in the your dog’s mouth could indicate that your dog has oral cancer. These changes include, bleeding, bad odor, lumps, and change in gum color. This is particularly true for older dogs. Since its not too difficult to check, remember to do so regularly. Dog owners generally don’t spot oral tumours until they are very advanced. Watch your dog when it yawns, drinks, or eats. Bring it to a vet of you notice something unusual.
5) Nosebleeds: Nosebleeds are usually a big danger sign. This cancer symptom is particularly alarming for older dogs, as its almost a direct sign of cancer in the nose. For younger dogs however, nosebleeds could more likely mean that there’s a foreign object stuck up the nose.
6) Diarrhea or Changes in Bathroom Habits: Occasional diarrhea does not directly mean that your dog has cancer. Though, if your dog continues to have diarrhea and it gets worse, bring your dog to a vet immediately. If your dog vomits, is constantly going to the bathroom, has difficulty in passing urine or passing motion, or has blood in its urine or stool, it may have dog cancer.
8) Seizures: Seizures are a symptom of brain tumors. It is commonly seen in older dogs inflicted with cancer. Signs of seizure include sudden bursts of activity, like chomping and chewing, shivering, and foaming at the mouth. If you see this happening, you should bring your dog to see a vet as soon as possible.
9) Skin Changes: If you see any lumps or changes on your dog’s skin, it could either be benign or cancerous. When you see this, its best to bring your dog to a vet to check on it. When you pet or touch your dog, take the opportunity to feel for lumps or swelling. If you spot something unusual on your dog’s skin, the only way to tell whether it is benign or cancerous is to take a sample. So if you do spot something unusual, bring your dog to a vet quickly. Also take note of sores that don’t heal or lesions that cause constant itch on your dog.
10) Weight Gain: Just as sudden weight loss is a cause for concern, so is sudden weight gain. If your dog seems to be putting on a few pounds rapidly, bring it to a vet. Do the same if your dog has a sudden increase in appetite.
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