All About Cancer in Dogs

Canine cancer occurs when cells grow abnormally in the body. There are basically two types of cancer, and they are benign and malignant. While benign is a form that does not spread, malignant cancer can spread throughout your dog’s body. Unfortunately, this is a common disease in dogs, and according to the Morris Animal Foundation, about one out of every four dogs today will die of cancer.

All About Cancer in Dogs

Common Types of Cancer in Dogs

There are many different types of dog cancer, and the condition is actually quite common in canines, especially those over 10 years old. However, there are some forms of cancer that are more common in dogs than others, and they are as follows.

Common Symptoms of Dog Cancer

Cancer in dogs can develop in any part of the body including the skin, bones, blood, lymph nodes and even the brain. As such, the symptoms that pets may experience if they have cancer will vary depending on the type of cancer they have and where it is located. However, listed below you will find some common signs of the condition:

  • Unusual Lumps
  • Changes in Existing Lumps
  • Bloody Urine and/or Difficulty Urinating
  • Increase Thirst and Urination
  • Bloody Bowels and/or Constipation
  • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea With or Without Blood
  • Runny and/or Bloody Nose
  • Loss of Appetite/Weight Loss
  • Occasional Lameness
  • Lethargy and/or Depression
  • Excessive Drooling and Bad Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing and/or Swallowing
  • Wounds That Will Not Heal
  • Drainage From Ears

Typical Treatments for Canine Cancer

Most treatments for canine cancer involve removing the tumor surgically. However, depending on the size of the tumor and its location, this is not always possible. When surgery is not an option, the veterinarian may recommend such treatments as radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

Breeds Most Affected by Dog Cancer

Cancer can occur in most any dog breed; however, there are some breeds that seem to be susceptible to certain types of the disease. Additionally, senior dogs seem to be more prone to cancer than younger pets. At any rate, some of the dog breeds that are most commonly affected by canine cancer are listed below:

Cancer is a common condition among dogs, especially those that are in their senior years. While some forms of cancer can be surgically removed without any problems, other forms require more complex treatments. Nevertheless, when you recognize the symptoms of cancer in its early stages, you can seek the proper treatment to help your pet live a longer and more comfortable life. Learn more about cancer in cats.

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