When you hear the word “tumor,” some may automatically think “cancer.” In some cases, tumors can be cancerous; however, it is common to have a non-cancerous tumor. Either way, this could possibly be resolved by a pet tumor removal procedure. This can be a scary possibility to ponder. How can you tell if your pet has a tumor so you can catch it before it gets out of control? To help put your mind at ease, here are the top signs your pet may need a pet tumor removal:
- Abnormal and Rapid Swelling – One of the most obvious signs that your pet could be suffering from a tumor is a noticeably large mass that is rapidly growing anywhere on the body. In this case, you should have your pet examined right away. The veterinarian will likely take a sample of the tumor and do a biopsy to determine if it is cancerous.
- Weight Loss/ Loss of Appetite – If you notice your pet isn’t eating and has lost a significant amount of weight (for their size) in a short amount of time, a tumor around the intestines is possible. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if a pet tumor removal is necessary.
- Difficulty Swallowing – If you are feeding your pet and notice that they are having a hard time swallowing, your pet could be suffering from a tumor in their neck. If a lump is putting pressure on the esophagus, it could be what is preventing your pet from swallowing.
- Abnormally Tired/ Weak – Another big sign your pet could be suffering from a tumor is if your pet is abnormally tired or weak. If you notice that your pet is reluctant to go on walks, interact, play, etc., it could be due to pain or discomfort caused by a growth.
These are just a few of the many signs that your pet could be suffering from a tumor. If you have any questions regarding pet tumor removal or any other services we provide, please contact us at Animal Ark Elkin Veterinary Hospital today.