Each year, more than six million dogs are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs beyond middle age.
We hate even the Idea of our furry friends becoming ill, but being educated and informed is the key to keep your dogs as healthy as possible. All veterinarians agreed that the quicker cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances are of fighting it off and saving your dog’s life.
According to The USA Vets Association, The following are the top 15 warning signs of cancer in companion dogs. If you notice any of these signs in your dog(s), please contact your veterinarian to check things out as soon as possible.
1- Difficult or Rapid Breathing.
Dogs pant after an exercise or on a hot day, but they should never have difficult or rapid breathing after a brief rest or on a cool temperature.
Abnormal breathing can be caused by cold or by experiencing allergies of some kind, heart disease, lung disease but unfortunately can be cancer.
A tumor near the nose, lungs or esophagus can block airways, making it harder for your dog to breathe.
Breathing problems in dogs is very dangerous and can quickly become life-threatening so if your dog is experiencing difficulty or rapid breathing you should call your vet as soon as you can.