When we hide our pain and sickness, it's not to make things more difficult for you. It's just in our DNA to never show weakness. That's why my fellow cats and my dog friends need you to look for the signs of cancer, especially in our golden years. Although your pet could be really sick, the good people at Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital will do whatever they can to make him feel better and live longer.
Dogs and cats are notorious for hiding their sickness and pain. While certain things may be obvious, such as vomiting or an offensive odor, others require you to pay close attention to your pet’s routine to notice that something is wrong. We encourage you to contact Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital right away if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Vocalizations when trying to eliminate
- Eating less than usual
- Stiff or unusual gait
- Problems chewing or swallowing food
- Unintended weight loss
- Slow-healing sores
- Bleeding without an obvious injury
- Swelling anywhere on the body that gets more pronounced over time
Common Forms of Cancer in Dogs and Cats
The following types of cancer are most common in household pets:
Since cancer is especially prevalent in older pets, it’s important to bring your pet in for regular preventive care exams. Cancer is a devastating diagnosis, but your pet has a better chance of avoiding it or overcoming it with proper nutrition, exercise, a healthy and stimulating home environment, and regular check-ups at Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital.
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One way to get into the spirit of National Animal Safety and Protection Month is to continue to take excellent care of the pets with whom you share a life and home. If your dog or cat doesn’t have microchip identification yet, we encourage you to schedule this simple procedure. This allows anyone who finds your pet to take her to the nearest veterinary clinic or animal shelter to scan for a chip.
- Place potential toxins such as cleaning solution and rodent traps out of your pet’s reach
- Keep your pet at a healthy weight by feeding him nutritious food, making sure that he gets enough exercise, and limiting treats
- Consider how you would continue to care for your pet in an emergency and put a disaster plan in writing
- Remember to interact with your pet each day as it’s important for her emotional health
- Schedule a preventive care exam at Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital at least once a year or more frequently for kittens, puppies, and senior pets
- When you bring home a new pet, commit to providing a home for the rest of his life
Many people love pets and want to help them, but can’t offer them a lifetime commitment. If that describes you, consider providing foster care for dogs and cats as they wait for their forever family to find them. Local animal shelters always appreciate donations of time and supplies. They typically need food, bedding, and toys the most.
Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital is proud to care for animals in our community. Please contact us at 763-682-2181 with questions or to schedule an appointment.