Animal Cancer Clinic
Dr. Frederick Labavitch
Providing Quality Pet Care

Common Signs of Cancer

Cancer can mimic many other diseases, so it is important that your pet receive an annual physical examination.  The chances increase for serious medical problems, such as kidney or heart failure, internal bleeding, or cancer, as your pet gets older. Unfortunately, people often notice the signs too late, which can cost more in treatment and a poorer prognosis. If you see any of these symptoms, get your pet to a vet as soon as possible.

  • Abnormal swelling that persist or continues to grow (Pet your pet; this is the best way to find lumps, bumps or swellings, which can be anywhere.)
  • Sores that do not heal (Sores that don’t heal can be a sign of infection or of cancer.)
  • Weight loss (If your pet is not on a diet, but losing weight, illness could be to blame.)
  • Loss of appetite (It is not normal for pets to lose their appetite, this may be a sign of illness.)
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening (Bleeding can occur for many reasons. It is always important to have your veterinarian determine the cause of the bleeding.)
  • Offensive odor (This is a common sign for tumors of the mouth, nose or throat.)
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing (This is a common sign of cancer in the mouth or throat.)
  • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina (This is often a first sign that your pet does not feel well.)
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness (There are many reasons for lameness/stiffness, including nerve and muscle damage. It is always important to have your veterinarian determine the cause.)
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating (If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to have your veterinarian determine the cause.)