As a pet owner it is terrifying to discover that your dog has cancer. Not all cancers carry a poor prognosis however. Some solid tumors can be surgically removed and may be cured if diagnosed early. Unfortunately, other forms of cancer are only diagnosed after they have spread.
Cancer can develop in any part of the body and is a condition that occurs when cells in your dog's body grow uncontrollably, often destroying healthy cells. A group of abnormal cells that consolidates into a mass is referred to as a tumor.
The most common cancers affecting dogs include breast cancer, skin cancer, bone cancer, mouth cancer, and cancers of the connective and lymphatic tissues. They may appear as benign tumors that can treated or removed or as malignant tumors, which are more difficult to remove.
To identify cancer, watch for changes in your dog’s behaviour as well as symptoms listed below. As a dog owner, you can take preventative steps to reduce your dog’s risk of developing certain types of cancer. Spaying and neutering will drastically reduce your pet’s risk, in fact female dogs spayed before their first heat rarely develop mammary cancer and those spayed after their first heat are ten times less likely to get mammary cancer than those who are not. In males, neutering may help reduce the risk of testicular cancer.
• sudden abdominal swelling
• persistent sores
• unexplained bad breath
• dry cough
• weight loss
• reoccurring vomiting
• disinterest in physical activities
• unexplained bleeding from the mouth, nose, or genitals
• lump or swollen lymph nodes
It is heartbreaking to discover your pet has cancer and one often wonders what we could have done to help our babies. It is important to maintain a good quality of life for your dog and to boost their weakened immune system so it can fight cancerous cells.
Never self diagnose your pet or administer any product without first consulting your vet. To support your pet’s recovery, always ensure they have a constant supply of fresh water and eat only high quality nourishing food.