Dogs With Cancer – How to Identify Cancer in a Dog

Dogs with cancer – what to look for

Pets soon become part of the family, more especially when it comes to dogs. But what if your dog does get sick? What happens when you suspect that it’s not just summer laziness but something more serious? Canine cancer can catch pet owners unawares, because it has never occurred to many that dogs can develop cancer, even though it is quite common in older dogs. Fortunately Veterinary Oncology is making progress with the treatment of dogs with cancer and both give a dog some quality of life and help owners deal with the disease.

Diagnosing dogs with cancer starts by removing and testing any potentially abnormal growth of cells. These may be benign or malignant. Researchers have never found any reason for the occurrence of dog cancer until just recently.

Further research is also being conducted to have a thorough understanding of this disease. It is imperative that veterinarians know exactly the hows and whys in order for them to prescribe the right treatment for dogs with cancer. Some research are focusing on trying to unlock the genetic code in canines, perhaps in order to determine if certain breeds are more susceptible than others.

Possible symptoms of dogs with cancer

Although there are certain breeds that are more prone to specific cancers, eg. Golden Retrievers, it seems that canine cancer come from many breeds and are across the board. Veterinarians have narrowed down the following symptoms to look out for.

These include:

• Any lump or bump on your dog’s body

• A change of size and shape of the lumps

• Bloody or runny nose

• Having difficulty with urinating and blood in urine

• Straining to defecate

• Vomiting and diarrhea and weight loss

• Bad breath, excessive drooling and loose teeth

• Odors and leakage from the ear canal

• Excessive thirst and urination

• Lack of energy

These are some of the symptoms that dogs with cancer tend to display. These symptoms on their own might not necessarily mean you dog has cancer so don’t panic. However if you dog is displaying a couple of these symptoms, it can indicate a health problem of some kind, so a vet visit is advised.

Whatever treatment or medication your vet advises, be it chemotherapy or surgery, your dog’s diet plays a vital role in his recovery. A diet for dogs with cancer should include high quality protein and fats and completely avoid simple carbohydrates such as white rice, bread and sugar as these food provide energy for the cancer cells.

Dogs with cancer need immediate treatment. Sadly, sometimes, there is no cure. But to be able to look after them and help them help them deal with any pain is the least pet owners can do for their best friend. Sometimes when the symptoms become worse, it is kinder to euthanase dogs with cancer and put an end to any suffering.

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