For Animal Owners

Cancer is a major health concern for Alabamians. In Alabama in 2010, more than 23,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed and more than 10,000 people died of the disease (Alabama Dept. of Public Health).


Common Cancer Signs

Listed below are common cancer signs in small animals as provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

1. Swelling that persists or continues to grow.

2. Sores that do not heal.

3. Weight Loss

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 lamenss or stiffness

10. Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defacating