Dog disease: Cancer in dogs Symptoms and Treatment

Dog disease: Cancer in dogs Symptoms and Treatment

Dog disease: Cancer in dogs Symptoms and Treatment

Cancer in dogs has become very common in at least 50% of dogs aged above 10 years. However, cancers are curable if they are detected on time. This is why it is very important for you to keep up with your dog´s regular veterinary checkup. This sickness can be a nightmare for dogs and dog owners and it is the one thing about your dog that you do not want to hear. 

What are the causes of cancer in dogs?

This is definitively a question that owners of affected dogs ask themselves. “Why my did my pet get cancer?” The truth is that there is no definite cause for cancer.  There are some factors that could favor the development of cancer. Some forms of cancer are specific to certain breeds of dogs.  Other factors include genetics, environment and lifestyle, and, of course, age. 

Dogs above the age of 10 develop cancer and, just like in humans, it can affect a variety of organs, including skin, muscular, respiratory, reproductive tracts, nervous system, and blood cancers. 

One of the most common forms of cancer seen in dogs is malignant lymphoma, which is a tumor on the lymph nodes. Then there is skin cancer, breast cancer, and soft tissue sarcomas. 

What are the symptoms of cancer in dogs?

Detecting cancer in dogs is the same as in humans. Any lump or bump can be an indication. Wounds that do not heal, abnormal bleeding, enlarged lymph nodes, and swelling in the bone. These are the most common indications. At an early stage, there are practically no signs of the disease.  This makes it imperative to take your dog to the veterinarian every time he is not feeling well. 

What should I do if my dog is diagnosed with cancer?

Treatment for cancer is the same as for humans. Your veterinarian will prescribe chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and cancer-specific drugs. Chemotherapy involves the use of chemicals prescribed after removal of a tumor in the hopes of removing any remains of cancer. These are pretty invasive and will compromise your dog´s immune system. Unlike humans, dogs will not lose their hair with chemotherapy. Some breeds, like poodles and English Sheepdogs (which continually grow hair), might show some hair thinning. 

Even when all cancers cannot be prevented, there are some ways in which you can help your dog lead a normal life. Here in Dogalize we have all the information you need to help your dog live healthy and happy. Follow us for more information.