The Fight Against Canine Cancer: Know The Signs Of Cancer In Pets
Cancer is caused by an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells located on the outside or inside of the body. Once cancer forms in one area it is likely to spread to other regions of the body if left untreated.
In the last decade cancer rates have steadily been on the rise and cancer is now considered a common disease in pets. Around 50% of deaths in dogs that are 10 years or older relate directly to cancer.
Certain breeds are more prone to cancer than others, for instance around 60% of all golden retrievers are diagnosed with cancer. Other dog breeds with high cancer rates include the Boxer, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, and the Standard Poodle. Just because your dog’s breed isn’t listed doesn’t mean they are not at risk for canine cancer.
Common Signs Of Canine Cancer To Look Out For
Many veterinarians suggest checking your dog’s lymph nodes every night before bed to make sure they are not swollen. Canine lymphoma is a common form of cancer (especially in golden retrievers), and can kill its host within weeks without treatment. One of the first signs of lymphoma cancer is swollen lymph nodes.
There are many other types of canine cancers with different warning signs. Other signs of cancer in dogs include:
-Abnormal pockets of swelling that don’t get better or continue to grow
-Sores that won’t heal
-Weight loss and/or loss of appetite
-Opening in body exhibiting bleeding or discharge
-Not wanting to exercise, lethargic or abnormally tired
-Stiff or persistently lame
-Difficulty going to the bathroom
Signs of cancer can also indicate less serious problems. Taking your dog to the vet the moment you suspect something is wrong can save your dog’s life.
Causes Of Canine Cancer
The scary thing about cancer is it has no single known cause. Instead, it is known as a “multifactorial” disease, meaning it can be caused by many different hereditary and environmental factors. Certain exposures are suspected to play a role in the formation of canine cancer. For instance, pesticides have been identified as a potential contributing factor for some dogs. The likelihood of your dog getting cancer is dependent on their genetics, meaning certain dogs have a natural predisposition to cancer.
You never know for sure if your dog is prone to cancer or not, so it’s best to use preventative measures. Such as, you can reduce the amount of toxins your dog comes in contact with by reading the ingredients on everything, including dog food, dog shampoo, and all other household products your dog comes into contact with.
Canine Cancer Treatment Options
Canine cancer can be treated using a number of different methods, from homeopathic approaches to radiation and chemotherapy. The sooner you catch cancer the greater your dog’s chances for remission.
You can help save your dog from becoming another cancer statistic by regularly checking your dog for abnormalities. You should also have a reputable vet with knowledge of canine cancer that you can call at the first sign of disease.
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