Dogs develop mammary (breast) tumors at a rate that is three times that of women and are the most likely of all domestic animals to develop a tumor. Sadly, 40 per cent of all tumors in dogs are found to be malignant (cancerous), and while the exact cause is unknown, hormones are believed to play a significant role in their development. This is clearly evident by the fact that mammary tumors occur only rarely in male dogs and infrequently in females spayed late in life. Mammary tumors are usually diagnosed by physical exam. Treatment options include surgery to remove the tumor or the entire breast.
- lump in and around the breast
- lump in and around the mammary gland
- redness and pain in the affected area
- diminished appetite
- lack of interest in exercise
- loss of hair
- coughing and breathing difficulties
Examine your dog frequently for signs of a tumor, paying particular attention to the glands closest to the hind legs. 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. Spaying your female dog before their first heat will also greatly reduce their risk of developing this type of cancer. Herbal supplements are beneficial in improve your pets quality of life.