pet careHaving pets can be a lot of fun but it’s also one of the most important responsibilities you’ll have throughout your entire life. You’ll have plenty of fun with your pets, but if you aren’t ensuring they are getting high-quality pet care and looking out for warning signs of something wrong, then you could have some serious problems on your hands in the near future.

Cat and dog owners state that the top five services or products provided at veterinary clinics are physical examinations, vaccinations, laboratory tests, drugs and medications, and products that combat fleas and ticks. It’s up to you, as the owner, to determine when it’s time to head to an animal hospital and get your cat or dog proper pet care.

In addition to those five aspects of pet healthcare, one of the most important things to look out for is your pet’s risk of cancer.

Here are a few important things you should do, according to Modern Dog, if your dog is showing signs of cancer.

Physical Exam
You can never be too careful when it comes to your dog’s health. If you believe for any reason that your dog is at risk of a potential, life-threatening disease, don’t even wait, make an appointment at a professional veterinary clinic right away. The goal of veterinary physical examinations is to identify any issues or diseases that may be affecting your dog. Hopefully, it’s just you worrying and there is actually nothing wrong with your pal, but if there is something wrong, it’s much better to find out right away so you can take the necessary next pet care steps.

Diagnostics
After a thorough physical examination, if nothing serious is found, great, but if the veterinarian discovers something of concern, your next step should be to schedule a diagnosis screening evaluation. These tests usually involve blood cell counting, urinalysis, and serum biochemistry panel observations of your dog. Following these tests should be CAT scans and MRIs, which are both available to find specific invasive characteristics of deep-seated tumors.

Again, hopefully after the first round of veterinary testing, you find out that your dog is completely fine. It’s important to remain realistic, however, and understand that bad things happen. Even if you get horrible news involving your best furry friend, remain calm, talk to an experienced vet, and continue seeking quality pet care.