When your dog has a diagnosis of dog cancer, your first thought might be: "Why did not I know the warning signs and symptoms?" Many veterinarians will tell you that the following is what you should have been looking for and how to identify cancer in dogs when you see it. Here are the first nine symptoms:
1. Diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, loss of appetite, having to persuade or persuade your pet to eat.
2. Limping, change in gait, apparent pain when walking, favoring one limb over the other.
3. Strange odors, bad dog breath, ears that drain and stink, extra drooling, changes in the’s "bite" of the dog by the presence of missing teeth.
4. Any new lump or strange shape that remains for more than a few days. Any lump grows or changes shape, size or appearance.
5. Blood running from the dog's nose. The nose is excessively liquid.
6. Change in water consumption habits, whether drinking a lot of water or vice versa, without wanting to drink at all. With the intake comes outgo, check the consistency of your pet's urine.
7. Weariness, lack of interest in anything around them, sleepiness all the time, no longer wants to chase squirrels or play.
8. Difficulty urinating, bloody urine or urinating excessively. Any changes in urinary habits, such as going all the time or incontinence.
9. Straining to poop, then the poop looks strange. The poop can be thin and stringy looking, or black and bloody or tarry.
10. Wounds that do not heal: These sores are usually skin sores that don’t seem to heal notwithstanding antibiotics by mouth or an ointment applied locally. This also applies to no-healing wounds near a nail.
If you notice any of the above symptoms or warning signs in your beloved dogs, take your dog to the veterinarian for a check-up. Before your veterinarian diagnoses dog cancer, he or she will perform blood tests and x-rays to confirm the diagnosis. After a formal diagnosis, your veterinarian can refer you to a veterinarian in oncology, a specialist in cancer treatment for dogs. You can decide to get a second diagnosis to compare. Find a cure for your dog's cancer just like you do it yourself.
Take the time and resources to confirm your dog's cancer diagnosis before arriving at a diagnosis or a fixed treatment plan. Ask about names of patients or clients who have gone through what you are attempting. Find a support group for you and your furry friend. Do not assume that your veterinarian in therapy is the only preferred way or way to treat cancer.
When deciding on your final treatment, consider the age and quality of life of the dog. Although there have been a lot of advances in the treatment of cancer in dogs, it is still just a life-extender and not a life-preserver. The treatment can prolong the life of your dog, but it does not guarantee that your dog will never die.