I have known more people that have dogs that are suffering from cancers lately, just as I know more people that are suffering from cancers lately. I have known folks that have taken their beloveds to canine oncologists for treatments, and found months of additional life where I didn’t think there would be any life at all. So today when I saw an email from Dogtime.com that listed the symptoms of canine cancers I thought it important to share because the sooner you get your beloved in for treatment the more reliable the cure. So, according to the National Canine Cancer Foundation says there are 10 warning signs your dog might have cancer:
Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
Sores that don’t heal
Loss of appetite
Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
Difficulty eating or swallowing
Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
Persistent lameness or stiffness
Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating.
If your beloved has any type of growth or shows any of the symptoms listed above, get them into your vet immediately. Don’t delay to see if it resolves itself because the time you wait could be the difference between a curable disease and an incurable nightmare. Being aware of what is normal for your beloved is your best tool for keeping your home happy. The additional expense you’ll incur by waiting is not worth it. You are stepping over dollars to pick up pennies for every day you delay. The pain you’ll suffer in emotional baggage because you’ll beat yourself up for not saving your best friend when you had the chance is simply not worth it. I know because I’ve been there. Our first white Shepherd, Wolffie, died from an exploded spleen due to cancer that showed no symptoms until it was too late. That didn’t stop me from beating myself up for months afterwards. Woulda, shoulda, coulda. But nothing was bringing him home. Now I spend my time educating people on how to check the color of the gums of your beloved as soon as they begin to look lethargic so you know if they’re suffering from internal bleeding, the signs of something big that I was blind to so you don’t find out too late it’s time to call the vet, a sign I missed. They should be bright pink, by the way, and you should check them today so you know what they look like, because you don’t want to guess when you need to know. Life is exponentially different for all of us, and health begins with our diet and keeping our immune system healthy. It works for us and it works for our beloveds. We need them just as they need us. It’s a partnership in health that benefits us both. So be vigilant, and take good care of your best friend so they can be there for you when you need that love. It’s a special gift we just can’t take for granted.
Never forget, it’s only through you the Randolph County Humane Society continues to save lives, one by one.