Cancer in Dog: Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

Dog Cancer

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Symptoms

Like a human, dog can also suffer cancer. This cancer is pretty common in older dogs. The symptoms usually occur include unusually odor, lump/bump/wound on skin, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, sluggish, abnormal breathing, changes in habits, vomiting, diarrhea, pale gums, etc.

Some of dog’s cancer include bladder cancer, brain tumor, hemangiosarcoma, lymphoma, lung cancer, mammary carcinoma, mast cell tumor, bone cancer (osteosarcoma), skin cancer, and testicular.

Prevention

Check your dog breed’s line to see whether a specific kind of cancer exist on their their ancestor. Sterilize/spay your dog to minimize cancer possibilities. Keep healthy environment to minimize other disease. Chemicals and toxins in the environment, food, and water are at the top of the list that stimulate unstable molecules known as free radicals. This free radicals are the culprit of most cancer occurrence. Provide good nutrition to increase body immune and decrease the possibilities of cancer spreading. Adding antioxidants to a dog’s diet will also reduce the likelihood of cancer.

What kind of breed prone to suffer cancer? Although there’s still no specific research, mast cell tumors is likely occur in some breed like boxers, boston terriers, and golden retrievers. In addition, large breeds, such as Great Danes and Saint Bernards, are much more likely to suffer from bone cancer.

Treatment

Like human, it usually require surgical treatment, chemotherapy, radiation, or immunotherapy to cure cancer in dog. Ask your veterinarian for further diagnose if there any indication of cancer by looking at the symptoms above. The cost of cancer treatment in dog vary from $1,000 all the way up to $15,000, depends on the severity of the disease. This costs usually do not include preliminary diagnosis. The earlier diagnosis and treatment, the higher chance your dog recover from the cancer.

Is the cancer contagious? Study says that it could be contagious through sex encounter or even just touch or lick each other.

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