TAMPA, Fla. – At BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospitals, oncology is a daily special on the menu of saving pets’ lives.
Of the 26 BluePearl animal hospitals across the nation, all of the specialty and emergency facilities offer cancer therapy and treatment in some form.
Interestingly enough, pets develop cancer at about the same percentage people do. That’s why it is important to have your pet regularly seen and know the signs and symptoms of cancer.
According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, the top 10 common signs of cancer in cats and dogs are:
1. Persistent, abnormal swelling
2. Sores that do not heal
3. Loss of weight
4. Loss of appetite
5. Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
6. Offensive odor
7. Difficulty eating or swallowing
8. Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
9. Persistent lameness or stiffness
10. Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
“If your pet is exhibiting any of these signs, we highly recommend visiting your family veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl. “If it is an after-hours emergency, we would be glad to help in any way possible at one of our locations.”