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10 Signs of Cancer in Dogs


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Notice one or multiple signs in this list? Contact your vet right away.

1. WEIRD SMELLS

You’ve probably grown accustomed to your dog’s bad breath, but you should be on the look out for any unusually bad (or just plain different) smells coming from your dog when you’re close enough to smell their breath.

Most times, it will just be due to something easily explainable like a change in diet, but you can never be too careful. Also pay attention for any odd odors coming from the nose or rectal area as potential signs of dog cancer.

2. PALE GUMS

Be sure to occasionally check the color of your dog’s gums. Pale gums can be a sign of many health issues with dogs, cancer included. If you notice a change in this area, contact your veterinarian right away.

Here’s how to check your dog’s gums:

  • lift the jowl so you can get a good look
  • press the gums with the ball of your finger
  • observe the gum’s color where you’ve pressed

In healthy dogs, after pressing on their gums the area should turn white briefly. After about 2 to 3 seconds, the color should return to its normal pink. If not, pay attention for other warning signs and consider talking to your vet.

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