10 Indications Your Dog Can Be Suffering from Cancer
04 Oct 2016
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I was having a conversation with a friend who loves dogs but doesn’t own one. He asked me out of the blue, “Do dogs have cancer too?” I was a little taken aback because it was saddening to see that people aren’t aware of the fact that these cute fur-balls also suffer the same way as humans do. As per the National Canine Cancer Foundation, one out of three dogs develops cancer. Cancer can occur in both purebred and mixed breed dogs. Breeds such as Saint Bernard, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Golden Retrievers and Great Danes are at high risks. There is no particular age for cancer. Canine cancer can happen at any age. However, according to certain stats, it has been seen that it generally occurs in elder dogs. The reason behind is that these dogs live longer thanks to the enhanced nutrition and proper veterinary care.
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Some of the most common canine cancer consists of Lymphoma, Hemangiosarcoma, Mammary Cancer, Malignant Histiocytosis, Melanoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Osteosarcoma, Transitional Cell Carcinoma and Prostate Cancer.
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If you catch cancer in its early stage, it can be cured through chemotherapy, surgery, immunotherapy, and radiation. Here we have top 10 symptoms which will help you detect cancer in your dog.
1. Abnormal lump or swelling that has been persistent or grow over a few days.
2. Sores which have failed to heal.
3. Sudden loss of weight.
4. Loss of appetite.
5. Any kind of discharge or bleeding.
6. Bad odour.
7. Difficulty in swallowing or eating.
8. Loss of stamina
10. Difficulty in defecating, urinating and breathing.
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But remember, just because your dog has a lump in his body doesn’t mean he has cancer. Take him to the vet immediately. People need to be aware of canine cancer and quick action can give your dog a second chance to live.