Signs of Pet Cancer

Pet Cancer Awareness Month takes place in May every year. Although pets are susceptible to almost every type of cancer that affects humans, five kinds strike cats and dogs the most. Pet owners need to be aware of these cancers and the specific symptoms of each. Even if a pet does have cancer, early detection helps to prolong his or her life and make it as comfortable as possible.CancerCancer concerns? Give us a call.

Bone Cancer

Bone cancer, technically called osteaosarcoma, is the most commonly diagnosed tumor in cats and dogs. They may have a hard lump where the leg bends, although this doesn't happen in all cases. Dogs and cats with bone cancer are reluctant to put weight on one leg because the tumor makes it painful to walk.

Breast Cancer

Like humans, breast cancer can occur in both females and males but is much more common in females. The first indication of canine or feline breast cancer is when people feel tiny lumps on their pet during a playful tummy rub. These lumps are usually the size of a pinhead and can eventually grow to the size of a raisin.

Lymphoma

The symptoms of lymphoma appear differently in dogs and cats. Dogs typically consume more water, urinate more, and have swollen lymph nodes. Lymphoma symptoms in cats include weight loss, poor appetite, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Since dramatic weight loss or gain could indicate many other health issues, it's important to rule out cancer as soon as possible.

Oral Cancer

Melanoma is the most common cancer of the mouth in dogs while cats suffer from squamous cell carcinoma the most often. Both animals may exhibit excess drooling, bad breath, blood in the saliva, and difficulty with chewing and swallowing. A new lump in the mouth is often the first sign of oral cancer.

Skin Cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma is also the most common skin cancer in cats. In dogs, it's a mast cell tumor. Signs of skin cancer in pets include sores that don't heal, limping, unexplained bleeding, and broken toenails.

This list is not comprehensive, and only a veterinarian can diagnose if a pet has cancer.  If you are concerned about the health of your pet or notice symptoms as noted above, please call our clinic right away-early detection can make a world of difference in a pet's prognosis.  We have three convenient locations-Grantsburg, Frederic and Wild River to help with your veterinary needs.  

 

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Fleas and Ticks

 

 
 
   
 
Fleas and ticks carry diseases that can make you and your dog ill.
 
   
 
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The itching and scratching brought on by fleas and ticks can be trivial compared to the diseases they can inflict on your family.
Ticks can infect you and your dog with illnesses like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. The sores ticks leave behind can also become infected by bacteria.
Fleas can carry tapeworms and Bartonella strains that can be harmful to you and your pup. Your dog could also experience an allergic reaction to flea bites, which can result in skin infections and scabbing.
You and your pooch both deserve to be protected from these disease-carrying pests. Contact us today so we can discuss the best prevention options for your dog.
 
   
 
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Grantsburg
Animal Hospital
866 S Pine St
Grantsburg, WI 54840
(715) 463-2536
 
 
 
 
 
Wild River
Veterinary Clinic
140 Evergreen Square SW
Pine City, WI 55063
(320) 629-7474
 
 
 
 
 
Frederic
Veterinary Clinic
1502 300th Ave
Frederic, WI 54837
(715) 327-8128
 

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Parasite Prevention

 

Parasites can't survive without a living host, which is often times another animal. These microscopic critters are attracted to the body heat of cats and dogs, who are unfortunately easy targets much of the time. Because dogs spend more time outdoors, they have a greater parasite problem than cats do. Dogs are also likelier to dig up parasites in soil or be exposed to the feces of other animals.

However, cat owners are not of the hook when it comes to parasite prevention, since they can still spend infect cats thatspend all of their time indoors. Both dogs and cats benefit from year-round parasite prevention, although each requires medication and other treatments specific to their breed. Although there are dozens of potential pet parasites, four types of intestinal worms are the most common.

Intestinal Worms

Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms all live within the intestines or heart of a host dog or cat. They gain entrance in a variety of ways, including when a pet is stung by a mosquito or the mother animal passes them to her litter at birth. Some worms can lie dormant for years and only cause symptoms when the dog or cat experiences stress. Others types of intestinal worms cause more obvious distress in household pets. Symptoms associated with a serious worm infestation include:

  • Diarrhea, which may or may not be bloody
  • Weight loss
  • Overly dry fur
  • Unkempt appearance, which is especially noticeable in cats
  • Vomiting, with or without worms in the vomit

Order Parasite Prevention Products Online

Grantsburg Pet Hospital knows that our customers love their pets and want to provide them with the best care possible. We also understand that life is busy with work, family, and other obligations. To help pet parents keep their furry family member healthy, we make it possible for customers to order heartworm medication in our online store and have it delivered directly to their home.

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Heartworm Questions?

 

 
 
 
   
 
Know the symptoms of heartworm infection.
 
   
 
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In the early stages of heartworm infection, your dog could show few or even no symptoms at all.
This is just one reason why we test your dog for heartworms at each wellness visit. However, watch out for these main symptoms of heartworm infection.
Coughing.
Fatigue.
Reluctance to exercise.
As the disease progresses, even worse symptoms can appear. A swollen belly and labored breathing are signs of heart failure. Contact us immediately if these life-threatening symptoms occur.
Let's work together to keep your pooch heart-healthy!
 
   
 
Protect your dog from Heartworm/Tick Diseases
by scheduling an Antigen Test!
Click or call (see above) to schedule an appointment TODAY!
 
   
 
 
 
 
Grantsburg
Animal Hospital
866 S Pine St
Grantsburg, WI 54840
(715) 463-2536
 
 
 
 
 
Wild River
Veterinary Clinic
140 Evergreen Square SW
Pine City, WI 55063
(320) 629-7474
 
 
 
 
 
Frederic
Veterinary Clinic
1502 300th Ave
Frederic, WI 54837
(715) 327-8128
 

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