The “C” Word

It's the word no one wants to hear; however, as the life spans of our beloved pets continue to lengthen, the risk of developing cancer increases, too. The Chihuahua is not at increased risk for any particular cancer. Still, it is always wise to recognize the ten warning signs of cancer and to seek veterinary medical attention immediately.

A trip is warranted to the veterinarian if your Chi shows one or more of these signs:

  • Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow

  • Sores that do not heal

  • Weight loss

  • Loss of appetite

  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening

  • Offensive odor

  • Difficulty eating or swallowing

  • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina

  • Persistent lameness or stiffness

  • Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating

Reprinted courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Methods, modalities, medications, and treatments to help slow, halt or cure various cancers are becoming more available and many are very much within financial reach of even the cashstrapped pet owners.

If your Chihuahua is diagnosed with cancer, listen to your veterinarian, research your options, and make good, educated choices. Cancer no longer has to be a death sentence. However, it is important to place everything in perspective and choose the care plan that is most likely to maintain a high quality of life for your Chi.

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