Doggy Blues: Getting Help for Dog Depression and Other IssuesDoggy Blues: Getting Help for Dog Depression and Other Issues

About Me

Doggy Blues: Getting Help for Dog Depression and Other Issues

Welcome to my blog. My name is Ashley, and I love my dog Shelly more than anything in the world. I have had her for years, and I have helped her through a range of illnesses and emotional issues. After her brother, Yeats, died, Shelly became rather despondent. I didn't call the vet right away because I didn't realize the vet could help, but after a while, Shelly's mood didn't improve. I just didn't know what to do, so I called the vet. She was amazing. She explained that Shelly had depression, and she prescribed meds for it. Now Shelly and I are happier than ever, and to help others, I decided to start this blog about doggy emotional and physical health. I hope you enjoy it.

Signs Your Dog May Have Cancer

This article will educate you on some of the signs that a dog may have cancer. There are many other medical conditions which can replicate these symptoms. However, it is always a good idea to get your pet checked out by a vet.

Abnormal bowel movements

The sign that your dog has cancer is not always present at first, and it will not always appear on a scan of the abdomen. However, if your dog is unable to defecate for prolonged periods of time or if the stools it produces are very loose, they should be examined by a vet immediately. The vet will inspect the organs that your dog uses for elimination, such as the rectum, bladder and urinary system, for signs of cancer. An enlarged, tender, raised or firm area in the abdomen could be a sign of cancerous tissue. If the vet suspects that cancer could be present, they will perform other checks using x-rays or ultrasounds.

Nausea and vomiting

Vomiting is another very common sign of cancer. A cancerous tumour will cause your dog to vomit more frequently, especially if the tumour is attached to the stomach wall. Most cancers that affect dogs also cause distention of the abdomen which causes the tumour to move into the stomach. It is important to have a check-up to make sure that there is nothing else causing the problem.

Tiredness and lethargy

Cancerous cells multiply at a very rapid rate. This rapid duplication can leave your dog feeling, exhausted and weak, especially when it comes to exercising. If you normally keep your dog so it is fit and active, you should also be mindful of its energy levels and keep them in check. If your dog sleeps more than usual, this could also be a symptom of cancer. Other signs of tiredness and lethargy that your dog may experience include a lack of appetite and increased thirst. If you notice these signs, you should take your pet to a local vet.

Bumps and lumps

Your dog may develop a lump or bump that appears to be very tender and could be spreading to other parts of the body. This could be the first sign of skin cancer. Your vet will need to examine the area and make a diagnosis.

If you have any concerns about the health of your dog, you should make contact with a local vet service today.