As your pet grows older, he or she may develop a range of diseases and conditions associated with aging, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis and kidney disease. Despite the health problems often ...View Article
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The branch of human and veterinary medicine focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer is oncology. Pet oncology in Castle Rock deals with the different forms of cancer primarily affecting dogs and cats. Although other pets such as rabbits, birds and ferrets can get cancer, it is very rare and typically affects only certain breeds.
Depending on what part of the body a dog is developing cancer, symptoms will vary and may resemble signs of other diseases. Early warning symptoms of possible canine cancer include:
Foul odors coming from the dog's rectal, nose and mouth. If you notice an odor about your dog that isn't the usual "doggie breath" or fecal smell, a tumor may be responsible for creating odd or unfamiliar body odors.
If a dog is eating normally but losing weight rapidly and consistently, he should be taken to your Castle Rock veterinarian for a complete check-up.
While most superficial lumps/bumps are benign sebaceous cysts or other skin cyst types, some may be precancerous tumors requiring a biopsy to ensure no cancer cells exist. Lumps/bumps that seep or bleed need examined as soon as possible by your veterinarian in Castle Rock. Skin sores that never heal may indicate cancer or a diabetic condition.
Changes in appetite and excessive tiredness in healthy dogs indicate illness and cancer could be one of them. If your dog seems disinterested in eating or is sleeping excessively for more than 48 hours, call our veterinary clinic to schedule an appointment.
Wheezing, coughing, breathing rapidly after mild physical activity and labored breathing may be signs of lung cancer in dogs. Veterinarians aren't sure why some dogs develop lung cancer but suspect it may correlate to second-hand smoke exposure and living in urban, polluted environments.
Cats are less likely to suffer from cancer than dogs. Unfortunately, when cats are diagnosed with cancer, the disease tends to be more aggressive. Cats with gastrointestinal lymphoma may vomit, suffer from chronic diarrhea and become rapidly dehydrated. Some cancers cause a cat's lungs to fill with fluid, making it difficult for them to take a full breath. In addition, cat owners should regularly examine their cat's skin for bumps, lumps and sores slow to heal.
Our Castle Rock pet oncology services offer chemotherapy, cancer screenings and surgery for dogs and cats diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Jay will give you important information about your pet's cancer and recommend treatment options meant to give your pet the most benefit.
Your veterinarian in Castle Rock urges you to get wellness examinations for your pet once a year and twice a year for senior pets. Diagnosing cancer in its earliest stages and initiating treatment as soon as possible greatly increases your pet's chance of defeat their cancer.
Call to schedule an appointment today at (303) 474-4260.