The Importance of Testing for Cancer in Pets


No one wants to hear the “C word,” whether it’s about themselves, their family, or their pets. Trust us, we feel the same way! However, the one fact about cancer that no one can deny is that early detection offers greatest chance for successful treatment. For this reason, we recommend that all pets be tested for cancer annually.

What is my Pet’s Risk of Cancer?

All pets, just like all humans, are at risk for cancer, but there are some pets with greater risks. It’s even more important to test pets that are middle-aged or seniors (over the age of 7), pets that are overweight, and pets that already have existing health conditions.

Early Signs of Cancer in Pets

While some signs of cancer may simply be signs of other illnesses, pet owners should be vigilant about all symptoms exhibited by their pets. Some signs to be aware of and to call to your veterinarian’s attention are:

  • Abnormal discharges
  • Abnormal odors
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in bathroom habits
  • Coughing or breathing trouble
  • Evidence of pain and discomfort
  • Lethargy or depression
  • Unusual lumps and bumps
  • Weight loss
  • Wounds that are not healing

Not all of these symptoms are indicative of cancer, but most will be present in the case of any health problem. If these signs are noticed, it is even more important to have your pet checked for cancer or another health condition.

Please contact our team if you have any questions about your pet’s health care needs. That’s what we’re here for!

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