Cancer affects 1 out of every 3 pets.Of those ½ will die from their disease. The number of causes yearly seem to be rising. There are probably environmental and genetic causes that are driving the numbers up but our diagnosis skills have advanced as well allowing us to find cancer earlier and effectively treat it.
Cancer can be devastating to us. Here at Optimum Pet Health & Wellness Center we understand those feelings and try to encourage and lift the spirits of the family so we can affectedly treat the disease together.
We believe that we must treat the whole body to boost the immune system so the bodies natural self defense mechanisms can be activated. We want the patient to fight with us. We use the traditional tried and true medical therapies in conjunction with naturopathic and holistic remedies while never losing sight of quality of life.
Like humans, there are many types of cancer. Some examples are lymphoma, mast cell, mammary gland, nerve sheath, skin & bone cancers. There are many clinical signs seen and being aware of possible signs of cancer in pets will help provide early detection and care.
Cancer can affect any area of the body. Cancer of the skin, lymph nodes, gastrointestinal tract, blood and bone are the most common.
New lump or bump that has changed in size, shape & consistency
-Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
-Difficulty urinating, defecation, breathing
-Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina
-Limping, change in gait, persistent lameness or stiffness
-Lethargic, vomit, diarrhea, inappetence, weight loss
Any time your pet is not acting like himself or herself it time to check in with us. Some of these conditions are associated with other diseases/infections but early diagnosis and treatment are key to a favorable prognosis.