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    Something too many of us have had to deal with unfortunately.

    May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness of the symptoms of cancer in dogs and cats. As cancer is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs, knowing the symptoms your pets may present if they develop the disease can help you and your vet diagnose and treat your pet sooner. In order to help you protect your petís health, petMD.com has pulled together the top 10 warning signs of cancer in dogs and cats.

    1. Lumps and Bumps: Not every lump or bump is necessarily cancerous, but consulting with your vet is the only way to be sure. If the lump is growing or not resolving itself, contact your vet and he or she will do a biopsy to determine the contents of the bump.

    2. Abnormal Odors: Foul odors from any of your cat or dogís orifices and/or body parts may be a cause for concern. Cancers of the mouth, nose, or anal regions can cause your pet to emit offensive odors.

    3. Abnormal Discharges: Discharges such as blood, pus, vomit, diarrhea, and any other abnormal substance being excreted from your petís body should be checked out by a veterinarian immediately. A bloated or distended stomach could also be a sign of internal discharge.

    4. Non-Healing Wounds: Lacerations or sores that do not heal within a normal time range on the surface of your cat or dogís body may indicate infection, skin disease, and possibly cancer.

    5. Weight Loss: Sudden weight loss in cats and dogs not on a diet can be an indicator of many diseases and illnesses. If coupled with another warning sign of cancer, you should contact your vet right away and inform him or her about your petís symptoms.

    6. Change in Appetite: While a lack of appetite in dogs and cats can be an indicator of many things, they never stop eating without a cause. Not necessarily a sign of cancer, a decrease in appetite can indicate an oral tumor, which would make it painful and difficult for your pet to eat and swallow.

    7. Coughing or Difficulty Breathing: Although symptoms of heart and lung disease, coughing and abnormal breathing can also indicate cancer. This symptom will most likely occur if the cancer in your petís body has metastasized into his or her lungs.

    8. Lethargy and Depression: If your pet has cancer, there is a chance that he or she will suffer from depression and sleep more, become less playful, and be less willing to go for walks. Although lethargy or depression in dogs and cats can set in with any illness, it is commonly seen in pets that have cancer.

    9. Changes in Bathroom Habits: Any changes in your petís bathroom habits including difficulty using the bathroom, frequent bathroom use, and blood in urine or stools are potential warning signs that cancer has developed in your pet.

    10. Evidence of Pain: Limping or other evidence of your dog or cat in pain when he or she is active, or if the pain is too great for them to be active, can be indications of cancer of the bone.

    While no one sign purely indicates cancer, a cat or dog displaying two or more of these symptoms should be taken to the veterinarian for an exam so that he or she can be properly diagnosed and treated accordingly, because early detection can make all of the difference in the case of a positive diagnosis.

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    Thanks for posting that Garth. Maybe it could be stickied in health?.

    I know things have changed over the 7 years since I lost Kass to jaw cancer, but neither my vet nor I had any idea she was displaying classic cancer symptoms. Who would expect a 2 year old dog to have them? We forget cancer doesn't care about the age of those it visits.

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    Thanks for posting, I agree with Chris - if we can sticky this somewhere.

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    Good post Garth.

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    Thanks for that Garth! It gives us something to look for.

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    Numbers 5 & 6 were especially true of Holly. Her loss of appetite is well documented here. Poor girl also lost weight while the vet was trying to work out WTH was wrong with her. Oddly enough considering it was a tumor on the lung that killed her, in hindsight she should have been showing the symptoms of #7 but she didn't.

    When Jo died from cancer of the spleen, the only thing that alerted me to the fact something was wrong was when he stopped eating for the 1st time in 14 years. I took him to the vet the next day & the rest is history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kassabella View Post
    Thanks for posting that Garth. Maybe it could be stickied in health?.
    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel_Dawg View Post
    I agree with Chris - if we can sticky this somewhere.
    Good idea. Done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garth View Post
    Good idea. Done.
    Awesome! Thanks, one less thing to wonder "didn't I see a thread somewhere..??"

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    Great idea!

    With Fanny, she stopped putting her weight on her leg but only occassionally, then when the vet saw her she put it down to her HD. Six months later, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. Fanny never gave any other indication of pain and to this day I kick myself for not pushing the vet for a better exam.

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    Thanks Garth. Two of my last 3 labs have had cancer. Nellie is the only survivor.
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