Here’s What YOU Need to Know About Pet Cancer

Pet Cancer Prevention and Health Issue DetectionNovember is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month.

That dreaded “C” word that no one – or no pet – ever wants to hear. But we cannot turn our backs on cancer, we cannot ignore it. What we can do, is raise awareness, and do our part to keep our pets healthy, while helping each other understand early signs of cancer, and/or how to prevent it.

Here’s What YOU Need to Know About Canine Cancer:

According to The Veterinary Cancer Center“Cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all disease related pet deaths each year.” 

Wow… That’s huge. With only about 5% of canine cancers being hereditary, what that says to me, is that there are things we could be doing to help prevent such tragedies happening to our pets. But when cancer affects 1 out of every 3 dogs, what on earth can we do?

Early Detection Is Key

Pet Cancer Prevention and Dog Check-UpI cannot stress how important it is for us to check our pets regularly.

Checking for lumps and bumps that shouldn’t be there, can potentially help you realize that something isn’t right with your pet. An easy way to do this is during a grooming session. Taking an extra few minutes to check their bodies, can give your pet a fighting chance, should you find something that shouldn’t be there.

Some Other Warning Signs of Pet Cancer Can Be:

  1. Strange odors
  2. Heavy or sudden weight loss
  3. Coughing
  4. Chronic Vomiting
  5. Chronic diarrhea
  6. Sudden changes in appetite
  7. Lethargy
  8. Respiratory problems
  9. Sores that won’t heal
  10. Pale gums

Keep in mind that while these can potentially be warning signs that your pet may have cancer, it does not necessarily mean your pet has cancer. So if you do notice any of these signs, or lumps and bumps on your pet, don’t panic. Some of these things can simply mean your pet has some other sort of illness, or is not feeling well. The difference is knowledge. Knowing your pet, and having the ability to notice changes in them can make the world of difference.

If you notice any of the above signs in your pet, whether or not it could be serious, it is always best to make a visit to your Veterinarian. Six million pets will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone… so lets do our part to raise awareness, and help others understand what the early warning signs of pet cancer can be.

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jenna drady headshotJenna Drady

Jenna Drady  is the author and creator of She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too!  As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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39 Responses to Here’s What YOU Need to Know About Pet Cancer

  1. MattieDog says:

    It is so important to share this information! We’ve had three dogs with cancer, and each time we learned something new – and painful, emotionally. Thanks for putting this information together!

  2. Cancer really is so very scary but you’re right; early detection is the key. Might even mean the difference between life and death, I should think. Knowing potential warning signs is important.


  3. Beth says:

    Thanks for the important advice as well as the reminder to not automatically assume the worst!

    My sister’s dog, Franny, is a cancer survivor thanks to early detection.

  4. Carleen says:

    My corgi Ty has lymphoma. Early detection is very key. Regular annual or biannual blood tests can help catch that one.

  5. Suzanne Dean says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. If caught early pet parents can get their dogs the help they need quickly.

  6. Mr. N gets regular vet visits including wellness checks and I’m always poking and prodding at him.

  7. Val Silver says:

    Thanks for the helpful post. I realize now too as I’m looking at my Lou’s picture that pale ears are also a sign. An earlier cancer-free photo shows him with nice pink inner ears.

  8. Thank you for sharing this very important information. You’re right, early detection is key.

  9. Dogvills says:

    This is great information. Cancer is terrifying.

  10. Jana Rade says:

    Cancer is scary but very often treatable, particularly when caught early. Early detection is key. JD just had a tiny bump removed because after aspiration it was discovered it was a mast cell tumor.

  11. Cathy Armato says:

    You are so right, awareness & early detection are critical in the fight against pet cancer! Thanks for helping raise awareness about the dreaded C word in pets.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  12. Thank you for this informative article and for the reminder to check our pets regularly for lumps and bumps. Early detection helps provide pets the best prognosis.

  13. Carol says:

    Great info! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Thank you for sharing such important information. I’ve lost two cats to cancer.

  15. Cancer is so scary. Our lab Cookie got a bad tumour in her last few months and our good friend Bocker has been battling lymphoma the last 12 months (now in remission thank goodness). Early detection and awareness are key. Thanks for sharing great info.

  16. Maureen says:

    Great info and so important to get the warning signs out so pet parents can be informed!

  17. Carol Bryant says:

    I am glad you are getting the word out on this crucial topic.

  18. Robin says:

    Cancer is so scary! It affects so many people and animals that it is baffling. Great advice about watching for the warning signs. It is a lot easier to deal with cancer in its early stages than its later ones.

  19. Thanks for sharing this! Early detection is so important. An early diagnosis means that many more treatment options are available.

    • Jenna Drady says:

      Yes, you are so right! It is the same with humans as it is with pets, wed need to pay attention to their health, and any changes in them we think might warrant a vet visit. Little things could potentially be something much more dangerous than anticipated!

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