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    Canine Cancer: What symptoms to look for and how to avoid cancers.

    Cancer is the leading cause of death in senior dogs.

    As we already know, this is a very serious disease that can affect virtually all areas of your dog’s body.
    However, the spread of cancer is more rapid when certain areas of the body are reached, such as the lungs or liver.

    There are many symptoms to watch for that might indicate your pet has developed a cancer:

    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Abdominal distention
    • Respiratory distress
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Changes in bowel consistency (diarrhea or constipation)
    • Blood or mucous in the stool
    • Unusual bleeding or discharge
    • Lameness
    • Growths that can be felt through your pet’s skin

    *Remember that these symptoms are merely indicators that you should bring your dog to see the veterinarian.

    Many cancers can be cured if caught early enough.

    If your dog is diagnosed with cancer, many of the same treatment options available to humans are also available for pets such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  There are steps that can be taken to avoid cancers. Having your pet spayed or neutered will drastically decrease the chances of various reproductive cancers. Feeding your dog a high quality diet and keeping him at a healthy weight will also help to prevent certain cancers… obesity is a major cause of many cancers in pets. If you have any additional questions about a specific cancer or are concerned about your dog, please do not hesitate to give us a call 205-991-9580 or schedule an appointment.

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