Signs of cancer in dogs
The idea that our four-legged best friend might be sick is terrifying enough without the dreaded diagnosis of cancer. But just as with humans, spotting the signs early and getting your pup to the vet for a treatment plan is key. Whether you’ve found a fatty tumour on your dog or you’re suspicious that you’ve got a case of dog skin cancer on your hands, keep an eye out for these signs of cancer in dogs to help you identify a problem early.
If your dog collapses, get to the vet immediately. Collapsing, weakness and general lethargy (not greeting people at the door like usual or less interaction) are common signs of cancer, says Jake Zaidel, DVM, of Malta Animal Hospital in upstate New York. “I see this particularly in large breed dogs – even if they fall down and seem better the next day, bring them in because it could signal a tumour of the spleen,” says Dr. Zaidel.
Coughing doesn’t automatically signal cancer; for example, small breed dogs tend to develop coughs because they have windpipe problems. “If the dog coughs once or twice, it’s of no concern, but if it continues to cough for more than a few days, that’s a concern and could signal lung cancer,” says Zaidel.