by Jessie Miller
If you’re like us, your pets become a part of the family, often sleeping in bed, lounging on the couch, and going on road trips with us. When we get home from work they are the first thing that greets us with a warm welcome home, and they lick us or cuddle with us during those times when we need some consoling. Sound familiar? If our pets love us this much (the feeling is equally mutual) why wouldn’t we do our best to provide them with the highest care possible if we could?
One way to give optimal health to our furry kids is doing preventative care. According to WebMD “Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. But half of all cancers are curable if caught early, experts say.” (WebMD, 2017). November is cancer awareness month for pets, and it’s the perfect time to give your pet a once over looking for any signs of change or health concerns. Some cancers are internal and can only be detected by your pet indicating something is wrong or better yet from a veterinary check-up. Schedule one today if your pet hasn’t been to see the doctor in a while. Other things to be on the lookout for are:
• Difficulty breathing or going to the bathroom
• Weight loss or a sudden lack of interest in eating
• Unusual swellings that persist or continue to grow
• Lameness or swelling reducing the desire for exercise
• Struggles to eat or swallow
Petting our animals constantly and giving them regular full body massages will help you to stay aware of any changes in your pet’s body. Keep track of any lumps or bumps and monitor if they have any abnormal changes in size, shape, or color. Our pets are like children and experience similar health concerns like us and need consistent health check-ups to stay happy and healthy for years to come. Cancer isn’t something anyone wants to hear, but if we do our best to notice the signs and detect it early, we can help ourselves and our pets. Proactive health care is the answer along with practicing a healthy lifestyle like eating healthy, exercising, and living positively.