You know about the signs of cancer your doctor tells you to watch out for, but do you know the signs to watch for in your pets? Cancer is just as common in cats and dogs as it is humans. Unfortunately, our pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling, so we as pet owners have to be observant. Here are some signs to lookout for:
• Lumps, tumors, or unusual growths: A lump isn’t automatically a cause for alarm because tumors aren’t always cancerous. However, a veterinarian should check any lump you find on your pet to ensure it’s not cancer. You can perform a monthly “lump check” to keep track of any changes.
• Weight loss/appetite change: This is one of the first signs that is important to pay attention to. If there is no change in diet or food, but your pet’s eating behavior has changed, and they aren’t eating their food, have them checked out by your vet. Weight loss can indicate a possible tumor in the stomach.
• New behaviors: Cancer can cause changes in your pet’s behavior, such as coughing or heavy breathing, lethargy, and the like. If you notice your pet’s personality change, take precaution and visit your vet. You don’t want to let something go unnoticed or progress too far before action is taken.
Again, early detection is extremely important. While there is no reason to be paranoid, be sure to stay informed, keep your eyes open, pet your dog and cat all over to check for bumps, and see your family veterinarian regularly for checkups. If you have any questions, call Central Bark today for more information!
Leaving your pet behind when travelling may make you feel guilty, but leaving them with a credible, professional boarding facility will not! Here at Central Bark, we have spacious rooms for all of our guests and a whole lot of daycare activities to keep your pet busy all day long. Here are three things to consider before boarding your pet.
• Visit the facility. Most dog owners don’t want their pets cooped up for extended periods while they’re away, so visit the facility to see if they offer ample amounts of exercise time. Ask them questions like “How often will you let my pet out for exercise?” or Does your boarding facility have webcam access?” Webcams are a great way to check in and see how your pup is doing!
• Know what to pack. Most boarding facilities require proof of vaccination from your vet. It’s a good idea to show proof of vaccination against rabies, parvo, and kennel cough. Additionally, whether the facility offers food or not, you may want your dog to continue their regular diet. Be sure to pack enough to last your dog for their entire stay. Lastly, pack something that’s familiar to your dog, like their favorite toy, blanket, or t-shirt. The familiar scent will help your pet adjust to the change of being in a new place.
• Know the facility’s hours. Find out when the facility is open and when you can pick up your pet. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting home late on a Saturday night and discovering you can’t bring your furry friend home until Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. Additionally, if you expect to drop your pet off on the way to the airport, you want to be sure you won’t find a “closed” sign on the front door when you get there.
At Central Bark, we treat your furry friends like family, and are dedicated to providing superior service. Give us a call today and experience peace of mind from a reliable, pet care company.