Cancer is often thought of as being a purely human condition. Unfortunately, our animals can develop cancer too, with their skin, digestive system and reproductive organs being some of the most common areas of the body that can be affected. It is often not known exactly why some animals develop cancer and others don’t, but there are some factors that appear to make cancer more likely. For example, failing to spay a female pet before they reach two years old significantly increases the likelihood that she will develop cancer of the breast tissue. In addition to this, statistically, some breeds of cats and dogs are also more at risk of certain types of cancer.
Diagnosing cancer in pets is far from straightforward. Not only are there many different types of cancer that can present with an array of different symptoms, but animals are naturally inclined to try and mask anything that makes them vulnerable – including signs that they are unwell. That said, there are some things that you can look out for that could suggest your pet needs veterinary attention and that there is a possibility of cancer or another serious health issue affecting her.
Although the following symptoms are not necessarily indicative of cancer and can potentially point to other health problems, they are commonly reported amongst animals who are later found to have some form of cancer. As such, it is important that you arrange for your pet to see your veterinarian as soon as you can so that further investigations can be carried out to determine the cause of your pet’s symptoms.
If you have any more questions about cancer in pets, or if you are concerned that your pet may have some of the symptoms listed above and you would like to arrange to get her assessed, please don’t hesitate to contact our animal care specialists at Animal Cancer Care Specialist in Westford, MA or Windham, NH by calling (978) 577-4848.