November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. So, I thought it would be helpful (and appropriate) to talk about the warning signs of Cancer in your labrador retriever. Cancer in your dog is, in fact, more common than you think.
Unfortunately, cancer is the number one natural cause of death in dogs and accounts for nearly 50 percent of pet deaths each year. Some dog breeds are especially susceptible to cancer.
Although the leading cause of death in older dogs, cancer also is the most treatable disease when compared to life-limiting diseases such as congestive heart failure, renal failure and diabetes. An educated and dedicated veterinary health care team is essential to caring for cancer-stricken pets.
The commons signs of cancer that you need to watch out for include:
— Unexplained bleeding or discharge
— Loss of appetite
— Oral odor
— Abnormal swellings or swollen lymph nodes
— Drooling or difficulty eating or swallowing
— Changes in exercise or stamina level
— A sore that does not heal
— Chronic weight loss
— Change in bowel or bladder habits
The best treatment for cancer in your labrador retriever is prevention. We recommend feeding a high-quality, balanced diet with low amounts of simple carbohydrates and high amounts of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. You also need to ensure that your lab gets exercise regularly…and it’s also helpful to limit their exposure to industrial chemicals and tobacco smoke. Talk to your veterinarian to determine what’s best for your lab.
The California Veterinary Medical Association is the largest state veterinary medical association in the United States, with more than 6,200 members. For more information, go here.