It is always a difficult task to inform pet owners that their cat or dog has a tumor. It makes it easier if the mass is small since the earlier a tumor is detected, the better the odds that we can remove it completely or administer treatment that can rid the pet of cancer. However, its treatability depends on the type, size, and location of the mass, as well as how early it is detected. This is why if you ever feel a lump or swelling on your furry companion, you may be doing him or her a life-saving favor by scheduling a veterinarian appointment at Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital in Morehead City.
The key to self-detection, so to speak, is to get your pet accustomed to a daily round of petting from day one. In the majority of cases, not only will the animal respond with enthusiasm, she may remind you if you don't keep up your part on any given day. By establishing this habit, you will be familiarizing yourself with the healthy contours of her body so that you can immediately spot an abnormal mass forming. Special areas to concentrate on are the foot, chest, and neck.
In some cases, your dog or cat will give you clues that something has changed. For example, he may start licking his foot almost obsessively. This can be an indication that a tumor is forming. It also helps to be mindful of everyday things like putting on a collar or harness before a walk. If your dog has a mass on his chest or neck, he may flinch or resist. Don't ignore it.
When you hear the words cancer, your mind is likely to spin, and your emotions overwhelm you. However, it's important to sit down with our veterinarian, listen to your treatment options, and ask questions. Some of our clients find it helpful to bring a pen and pad of paper, so they can write the information down for review when they're feeling calmer. It can also be helpful to bring a friend who cares, but is not as emotionally invested as you are.
In most cases, we will recommend one of the following:
Know that you and your beloved pet are not alone in this battle. Many other pet guardians are waging the same war. But remember — you have an advantage! You have our veterinarian and the entire Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital staff as your allies every step of the way. Give us a call at 252-247-5595 to learn more.