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What is Canine Cancer?

  • Canine Cancer can affect nearly any part of the body, so abrupt or unexpected changes in your dog’s actions, diet, or physical appearance warrant a visit with the veterinarian.
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Swollen glands or any other abnormal swelling
  • Lumps or tumors
  • Black or bloody feces
  • Sudden and extreme bad breath
  • Canine cancer, similar to human cancer, refers to more than 100 specific conditions that relate to the uncontrollable abnormal growth of cell tissue. It is a common and serious disease which can present itself in your dog as a single tumor or multiple growths throughout the entire body.
  • One in four dogs will develop cancer at some point in their lives according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, with percentages rising in those over 10 years of age. Half of all dogs who get cancer survive, but it is the leading cause of death for dogs older than 10.
  • Certain types of cancer are more common for specific breeds of dogs. For example, Rottweiler dogs are more prone to get osteosarcoma, while a Boxer is most susceptible to develop lymphoma, mast cell or brain cancer.
  • More dogs develop cancer now than in the past mostly because they live longer as a result of advances in veterinary science.
  • In addition to treatment, discuss pain management with your veterinarian. For financial or medical reasons, some dog owners have to forgo treatment, and quality of life becomes more significant.
  • There are a number of unpreventable factors including genetics or the environment that may lead to cancer, but the specific causes of canine cancer are largely unknown. Certain actions, such as spaying, can help reduce the likelihood or certain cancers, such as breast cancer in female dogs.
  • If you suspect that your pet may have cancer, contact your veterinarian immediately - earlier detection often leads to better results, such as remission. Biopsies, ultrasounds, blood tests, radiographs and a number of other tests can help determine if your dog has cancer and which type it may be.
  • Discuss the need for a canine cancer expert with your veterinarian. They often work at veterinary college hospitals or other large animal health facilities. The Veterinary Can
  • Canine cancer treatments are similar to human cancer treatments. The best method is often surgery to remove a tumor before it metastasizes. Cryosurgery or electrocautery are less traditional surgical methods that freeze or burn off the tumors.
  • When surgery won’t be wholly effective, other medical treatments include chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation therapy.
  • During and following treatment your dog may be tired, lethargic and generally act sick. Treatments like surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are hard on your dog’s body and require a significant amount of rest.
  • Watch out for fevers. A fever can be a symptom of the body trying to fight off an illness or infection. When your dog is already sick, a fever should be a signal to help your furry friend get immediate help.

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What To Expect

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    Prescription Medication

    In addition to radiation, surgery and other procedures, dogs may receive chemotherapy drugs and pain medication from veterinarians.

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    Food

    Vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhea are all potential signs of cancer as well as side effects to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. As your dog improves, her appetite should get better as well, however you may find your dog eating less and having trouble digesting. Certain cancers dealing with the stomach or intestines may require dietary changes. Consult your veterinarian for advice.

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    Nonprescription Options

    Some pet parents turn to acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic therapy and other complementary and alternative veterinary medicines. Pet parents may turn to these methods to treat symptoms or the side effects of other medications your pet may be on. Vitamins C and E have also been used by some dog owners to try to prevent cancer.

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    Frequent trips to the veterinarian can prove beneficial during treatment, as well as following up post-treatment to ensure that your dog is on the right track to get better.

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