What should you know? Cancer is a broad term used to describe cells within the body that are growing and dividing in an abnormal manner and rate. Healthy cells go through a cycle in which they grow and divide as the body needs new cells. Abnormal cells grow and divide at uncontrolled rates, often forming tumors or growth masses on your pet. Not all masses are cancerous. Often these growths are benign (non-cancerous) or in some cases, malignant (cancerous). Please note, in some cases cancer cells do not form a growth or mass on the exterior of a pet’s body. Instead they affect your pet’s blood which circulates with abnormal cells throughout the body.
Early Warning Signs of Pet Cancer
Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
Sores that do not heal
Loss of appetite
Unusual bleeding or discharge
Difficulty eating or swallowing
Hesitation to exercise or loss of weight
Persistent lameness or stiffness
Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
Don’t worry; Broad River Animal Hospital is here to help! As a pet owner you understand the dangers of possible pet health issues and are responsible for providing responsible care. Pet cancer occurs more often in larger breed dogs and pure breed cats. If you think your pet may have an issue with cancer we can help you with treatment options. It’s best to make an appointment with our hospital and come in for a consultation. Our mission is to protect your pet against possible life threatening problems. Wellness visits during the year help us pre-determine the current status of your pet’s health and protect them from possible high risk health issues.