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Signs Your Pet May Have Cancer

signs your pet may have cancer

Signs of Cancer in Your Pet From Your Brooklyn Veterinarian

If you own a pet, then you are definitely going to want to keep an eye on pet cancer. If you don't know the signs to look for, you can always speak with your Brooklyn veterinarian about pet cancer and what you can do to help your pet avoid developing it. Let's take a quick look at a few signs every vet will tell you to look for.

  • Bad smell coming from the mouth or body

  • Bleeding from the mouth, eyes, nose or in your pet's urine

  • Difficulty chewing/swallowing

  • Change in bathroom habits

  • Lameness or stiffness

  • Weight loss

  • Loss of energy

  • Loss of appetite

  • Swelling or development of lumps

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is common in both dogs and cats. Fortunately, it can be detected by quite easily. All you need to do is lay your pet on his or her back and rub or scratch your pet's tummy. If you notice any lumps or swelling, this is a sign to take your pet to the vet to be checked for breast cancer.


Signs of lymphoma in your pet can include enlarged lymph nodes, loss of appetite, increased water consumption, diarrhea, and vomiting. In cats, weight loss is the most common symptom; however, you should keep in mind that weight loss itself can be a symptom of many other health conditions. Just because your cat is losing weight does not mean he has lymphoma cancer. In dogs, the most common sign of lymphoma is enlarged lymph nodes. You can check for swollen lymph nodes by feeling just beneath your dog's chin. If you can feel the nodes at all, this means they are swollen and you should take your pet to be checked by the vet for cancer.

Skin Cancer

If your pet is developing sores that do not heal, this is a sign of skin cancer. Another common sign of this type of cancer is bleeding toenails. The most common type of skin cancer found in dogs is a mast cell tumor. The lumps that are formed with this cancer can be very painful, so it is imperative that they are removed as quickly as possible. In cats, the most common type of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, which can lead to painful bleeding and ulcers.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Brooklyn Veterinarian

Bringing your pet to a Brooklyn vet on a regular basis is one of the best ways to have him checked for cancer. If cancer is detected, there are usually several treatment options that can be taken advantage of. Speak with Veterinarian Wellness Center today to learn more. Call us at (347) 463-9426.