I know this blog is a little depressing, but the subject matter is relevant and this list might just help somebody recognize the signs of cancer early enough for something to be done to mitigate it.
You see, I lost my first Golden Retriever to leg cancer at age six. He was super energetic and healthy. One day he jumped over a 3 foot wall, which should have been no problem at all, and he started limping. I thought he had just sprained his front paw. I took him into the vet and they said he had cancer! In my eyes the cancer popped up over night, after further investigation it was discovered that it had spread all over his body and we had to put him down the next day. We were shocked.
The Golden Retriever I have now is acting a little funny at age 10. He has not been as hungry and not as excited to pounce around lately, but he is 70 people years old so I kind of understand. I took him to the vet for some blood tests and a check up. He is doing better, but not 100%. The vet mentioned cancer when we went in and it gave me a chill.
I decided to do a little research and here are some of the symptoms of cancer in pets.
Here are 10 Warning Signs of Cancer in Your Pet
- Bleeding or discharge from any place on the body, such as the mouth, eyes or nose, or in the urine
- Change in urination or defecation habits
- Sores that do not heal
- Bad smell from the mouth or body
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Loss of energy; reluctance to exercise
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Swellings or lumps that enlarge
- Lameness or stiffness