Canine cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs. One out of ever three dogs will get cancer and more than half will die of the disease. Canine cancer symptoms vary depending on the type of cancer the dog has.
With timely detection and therapy many types of dog cancer can be managed. Researchers are developing new treatments options that will impact the quality and quantity of a dog’s life with cancer.
One reason dogs have a higher rate of cancer incidence than humans is due to genetics. It runs in some breeds more than others. Nearly 60 percent of Golden Retrievers die of some form of cancer.
Dogs are exposed to environmental carcinogens at a higher rate now than ever before. Exposure to tobacco smoke, pesticides on lawns, electromagnetic fields, increase the risk for dogs developing cancer.
Early diagnoses is the most important thing that can be done to enhance the cure rate of dogs with cancer. Taking your dog in for a regular vet check ups is essential.
Dog tumors can be benign or cancerous. A canine tumor is a lump, bump, growth or mass on the dog.
Symptoms of Cancer are:
sores that do not heal
abnormal swellings or lumps
change in bowel or bladder habits
lameness, stiffness, or limping
difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating
lack of interest in normal activities
loss of appetite
difficulty eating or swallowing
offensive breath odor
discharge from the nose or mouth
The most common types of cancer in dogs are, bladder cancer, brain tumors, lymphoma, lung cancer, skin cancer, testicular cancer and bone cancer.