A cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to be devastating when you’ve got the right team in your corner.
Many pet owners are surprised to discover that cancer is among the most common medical conditions that can affect dogs – particularly those that are over the age of 10. And while certain breeds may be more genetically predisposed to developing cancer, it’s a disease that can affect just about any pet at any time. The team at Animal Medical Center of Marquette is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of canine cancers.
Some of the signs that may indicate the presence of cancer include, but are not limited to:
- Lumps or bumps, on or beneath the skin
- Decreased appetite
- Sudden weight loss
- Difficulty urinating or defecating
- Changes in mood or personality
- Unusual behavior
As your four-legged family member ages, even if there are no outward signs of a problem, it’s important that you bring them in for routine screenings. At Animal Medical Center of Marquette, we recommend doing this every 6 – 12 months. This allows us to run detailed diagnostic tests which help us determine whether there is anything we should be concerned about. As with humans, the earlier we can diagnose and treat cancer in pets, the better the chances of a positive outcome.
While there are variety of diagnostic tools that we can use to identify the signs of cancer in dogs, we are proud to offer one of the most innovative and effective options available: IDEXX Nu.Q Canine Cancer Screen. This simple and affordable cancer test is capable of detecting seven common canine cancers at an overall detection rate of 49.8%. The test is minimally invasive, and results can be obtained within just a few days.
Cancer Treatment Options
There are a number of different ways to address cancer in companion animals. The path we recommend will ultimately depend on your pet’s specific situation. For instance, age and current health status, as well as the type of cancer and how much it has progressed, all play a role. We will work closely with you to discuss your options and help you make the most informed decision for your family. Our primary goal will always be to help your loved one maintain the highest quality of life for as many years as possible.
Whichever course of action you choose to take, we want you to know that we understand how difficult this time is for you and your family. More importantly, we want you to know that you’re not alone. At any point, should a question or concern cross your mind, we encourage you to give us a call so we can talk it through. Whatever the outcome, the team at Animal Medical Center of Marquette will be there for you, every step of the way.