Cancer is a frightening word in any scenario, and unfortunately it can also occur in our pets. Dogs are susceptible to many forms of cancer, and it is the leading disease-related cause of death in dogs.
What are warning signs my dog might have cancer?
- Routinely check your dog for unusual lumps and bumps, and take him in for a checkup if you feel something abnormal.
- Significant weight loss or loss of appetite can be a sign of cancer.
- If your dog is acting lethargic or depressed, it may be a good idea to go to the vet.
- Limping or other signals your dog is in pain is an important reason to get a checkup.
Certain breeds of dog are more prone to cancer including:
- Golden Retrievers
- Bernese Mountain Dogs
- Flat-Coated Retrievers
How can I prevent my dog from getting cancer?
- If you are looking to get a purebred dog, make sure the dog comes from a responsible breeder.
- Spay and neuter your dogs. Altering your dog significantly reduces the risk of several common types of cancer.
- Vaccinate, but do not over-vaccinate your dog. Talk to your veterinarian about the best vaccine options for your dog.
- Keep your dog healthy and trim by exercising him regularly.
- Feed your dog high-quality dog food or a raw diet.
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