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Early Detection – The Key to Successful Treatment

Regardless of the type of cancer your dog may have, early detection and treatment is a key to a successful outcome and a longer life.

Naturally, this means regular checkups at your veterinarian’s office. But it also means that you, the dog’s owner, have a responsibility to be on the lookout for general signs of cancer.

Here are some of the most common signs of cancer to look for in dogs:1

  1. Persistent swelling or lumps
  2. Sores that do not heal
  3. Weight loss
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Abnormal bleeding or discharge
  6. Offensive odor
  7. Difficulty swallowing or chewing
  8. Loss of energy and stamina
  9. Unusual stiffness or lameness
  10. Experiencing difficulty in breathing or going to the bathroom

Specific cancers also have early signs. For example, canine oral melanoma usually shows up as tumors on the gums, lips or palate. For additional signs, talk to your veterinarian.