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Early Signs of Cancer in Dogs

Friday March 10th 2017

Symptoms to look out for which could help you detect early signs of cancer in your dog

Persistent cough for more than a few days
If your dog coughs once or twice, there is obviously nothing to be overly concerned about; however, if you notice that your dog has a continuous cough which has persisted for more than a few days, it may be something to be more concerning. Head to the vet to get your dog checked in case their coughing is a signal of lung cancer.

Weight Gain
Any unexplained changes in your dog’s weight is something which should be taken seriously. If you notice your dog looks particularly bloated or larger than usual without you having made any changes to their diet or exercise regimes then it’s important to take a trip to the vet to get to the bottom of the cause.

Weight loss/ loss of appetite
Weight loss is probably the most common symptom of cancer in dogs and is most often caused by some form of gastrointestinal tumour, particularly if they are still maintaining their regular appetite; however, if you notice that your dog has also lost their appetite then this could be an indication of some form of oral tumour that is causing them discomfort and pain as they eat. Both of these symptoms indicate that something is wrong and it’s important for you to get them checked out as soon as possible.

Any irregular discharge is something which should be checked out by your vet. This could include blood, pus, diarrhoea or vomiting. Persistent discharge from the eyes or nose can often indicate some form of tumour in the face.

Common symptoms associated with a seizure will include sudden bursts of activity, foaming at the mouth, excessive chewing or jerking of their legs. If you notice that your dog is experiencing seizures, this could be a sign that they have a tumour in their brain. In this case you should consult a vet immediately.

Lumps or changes to the skin
It’s important that you regularly check your dog for any irregular lumps or bumps and the more often you do this, the more likely you’ll be to spot something unusual; if you do notice any irregularities on your dog’s skin, it may not necessarily be cancerous but the only way to know for sure is to consult your vet.

Mouth Changes
Signs of oral cancer will include changes to the colour of your dog’s gums, sores, bleeding or strange and foul odours. It’s important to examine your dog’s mouth as often as possible, because catching these symptoms early can make a huge difference to the odds of success in treating the problem.