We are doing double duty today with our co-hosting duties of the always fun Pet Parade and joining our friend Oz the Terrier in his Zuke’s #FueltheCure cancer awareness and fundraiser blog hop.
I am very fortunate to have never heard the words, “Your dog has cancer.” I pray that I never will. It is the primary cause of death in mature dogs and cats. There are many terms that you will hear if your pet is diagnosed with cancer. You can familiarize yourself with them here.
Do you know the warning signs of cancer in your pets? Here are ten things to keep an eye out for in your best friend. While these do not automatically mean cancer, if your dog or cat displays any of the symptoms, a trip to the vet is in order.
1. Lumps & bumps ~ Any lump or bump that does not go away or grows in size needs to be examined. A needle biopsy is usually done and a veterinary pathologist can tell if the cells are cancerous.
2. Abnormal offensive odors ~ This is not the common bad doggie breath or the stinky dog smell. Those smells we have all experienced at one or the other. The smell that you are looking out for is a distinctively foul odor that can’t be brushed or washed away.
3. Abnormal discharge ~ Any blood, pus, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other weird substance being discharged for any part of your pet’s body needs to be examined by your vet. Also, be wary of their abdomen becoming bloated.
4. Non-healing wounds ~ A sore that does not heal in a reasonable amount of time requires a trip to the animal clinic.
5. Weight loss ~ Sudden or unintentional weight loss is cause for concern.
6. Changes in appetite ~ Refusing to eat their food is a red flag. Even the finickiest of eaters will eat when they are hungry.
7. Coughing or difficulty breathing ~ This requires immediate attention.
8. Lethargy or depression ~ If your pet is unusually down in the dumps and all of their get up and go has got up and went, it’s time to see the doctor.
9. Changes in the bathroom habits ~ If there are changes in your pet’s urinary or bowel habits like frequent bathroom use, blood in urine or stools, these are reasons to be concerned. A sample of the stool should be carrying in to your vet.
10. Experiencing pain or limping ~ This is often issues with joints, muscles, or arthritis, but it can also be a sign of cancer. Any signs of pain or limping require a visit to their veterinarian.
Thanks to our friends at Zuke’s, every blog that joins in Oz's Fuel the Cure blog hop, they will donate $5.00 to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund. You can find all of the information to this fund raising blog hop at Oz the Terrier.
What if you don’t have a blog? No problem, you can upload a photo or video of your dog being active and share it on your favorite social site and Zuke’s will donate $5.00 to the DCCFund too! Just be sure that you tag it with #FuelTheLove!
One of the requirements for the blog hop is to show photos of our pets loving life. Since both of the boys definitely have a love for living a fun and pampered life that is an easy requirement!
Bentley and Pierre love taking walks!
Both boys had a blast at the Barkus & Meoux Mardi Paw parade!
Bentley is the Fuel for My Love!
The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund http://www.dccfund.org/
Zuke’s Fuel the Love http://www.zukes.com/fuel-the-love/
You don’t want to miss being a part of the Pet Parade this week. I co-host with my friends Rascal and Rocco, Basil the Bionic Cat's Blog, Jan’s Funny Farm, and Love is being owned by a Husky. We have no rules, just fun!