ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Pets and Animals»
  • Dogs & Dog Breeds

Dog Cancer Causes and Treatment

Updated on August 1, 2009

Geriatric dogs should see the vet at least twice a year

alvimann
alvimann

The word cancer often creates a great sense of alarm in pet owners. And it is reasonable, because cancer is a very serious disease, however, thanks to advances of veterinary medicine, more and more dogs are able to lead quite normal lives despite their cancer diagnosis. It is not unheard of today, dogs going through chemotherapy and radiation therapy. And it is not unheard of dogs in remission from what once were cancers with a poor prognosis.

While cancer in some cases may eventually lead to death, the goal of veterinary medicine in those cases is to prolong life while allowing the dog to live comfortably. Such deadly cancers are often those that cause symptoms only once they have sadly spread. Examples are osteosarcoma and hemangiosarcomas.

However, many times cancer can be caught before it has spread. In this case the dog's prognosis may be good. Owners should always keep a watchful eye on symptoms possibly suggesting cancer. The key to a good prognosis often relies in the owners being able to recognize key symptoms of cancer.

Prevention of Cancer in Dogs

Many forms of cancer can be prevented in dogs. Here are a few examples:

  • Limiting exposure to fungicides, pesticides and weed killers
  • Limiting exposure to households with people that smoke
  • * Early Spaying and neutering dogs
  • Feeding good diets without by products and chemicals
  • Avoiding unnecessary vaccinations
  • Using natural insecticides
  • Boosting the ┬ádog's immune system
  • Keeping the dog lean and exercised
  • Minimizing exposure to the sun (especially light colored pets)
  • Routine vet exams especially in geriatric dogs

*Studies on Rottweilers reported that there was a higher incidence of developing Osteosarcoma (cancer of the bone) when neutered and spayed earlier than 1 year old.


Potential Early Warning Signs of Cancer


Owners should be watchful for potential signs of cancer. Once the pet is seen by the vet, appropriate diagnostic testing should take place. For instance, a dog with a lipoma should always undergo a fine needle aspirate before the owner being told that very likely it is just a fatty tumor, because sometimes it may be cancer. A dog that is senior and is limping should always undergo an x-ray before prescribing anti-inflammatory drugs for arthritis because sometimes it may be osteosarcoma and so forth.
Following are some symptoms that should grant a prompt vet exam:

  • A lump
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weakness
  • Pale gums
  • Persistent limping
  • Coughing and difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Abdominal enlargement
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Offensive odor
  • Changes or difficulty eating, urinating and defecating
Of course, the above symptoms may very likely be other more common health conditions. But is always best to practice the better safe than sorry protocol.

While cancer often is still sometimes perceived by owners as a mysterious,silent killer that takes over the dog's life, owners can actually be proactive in attempting to prevent it or at least, having it diagnosed at an early stage. This makes it possible to treat it early before it spreads to vital organs, rendering the prognosis more difficult. Keeping a watchful eye on the dog and ensuring it leads a healthy lifestyle may really make a difference when it comes to preventing cancer. As the saying goes, it ultimately comes down to ''an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure''.


Healthy Dogma Itchin for Nirvana Dog Skin and Coat Kelp Supplement
Healthy Dogma Itchin for Nirvana Dog Skin and Coat Kelp Supplement

Birkdale is committed to your dog's health and offers K9 Immunity. As an immunomodulator, it was developed specifically to strengthen your dog's immune system, enabling it a better chance to kill cancer cells than standard cancer treatment alone. In fact, K9 Immunity has successfully treated thousands of dogs with cancer. Birkdale is committed to your dog's health and offers K9 Immunity. As an immunomodulator, it was developed specifically to strengthen your dog's immune system, enabling it a better chance to kill cancer cells than standard cancer treatment alone. In fact, K9 Immunity has successfully treated thousands of dogs with cancer.

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)