Did you know that cancer is just as widespread for dogs as it is for humans? It’s actually the leading cause of death for both dogs and cats. In this article, a Greater Cincinnati vet discusses cancer in dogs.
According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, about 25 percent of our canine companions will develop cancer at some point in their lives. The odds increase with age: about half of pups over the age of 10 will be afflicted.
Man’s Best Friend can develop many different kinds of cancer. The most dangerous is probably hemangiosarcoma, a very malignant cancer that spreads quickly and causes tumor growth throughout the body. Other types of cancer that are common in dogs include mast cell tumors, bone cancer, lymphoma, and melanoma.
As with humans, cancer in dogs can be caused by many different things. Some key factors include hormones, viruses, nutrition, and genetics. Carcinogens are also a contributing factor in many cases. This includes things like smoke, UV light, pollution, and exposure to asbestos or UV light.
Some dogs are at higher risk of developing cancer than others are. Certain breeds tend to be more prone to getting cancer than others. These include the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Boxer, Rottweiler, and German Shepherd, among others. If you and your canine buddy live on a farm, Fido may be at elevated risk of developing nasal cancer, particularly if you often used sprayed chemicals, such as pesticides and fertlizers.
Fido can’t tell you if something is wrong, so it’s important for you to keep an eye out for warning signs. These include wheezing, coughing, reduced appetite, and changes in behavior. Your canine buddy’s fur may seem dull, and he might not feel very playful. It’s worth mentioning that these things can be symptoms of many different illnesses. Contact your vet immediately if you spot any of them.
Unfortunately, there’s no foolproof way to prevent your beloved pooch from getting cancer. However, there are ways for you to reduce the risk. Limit your dog’s exposure to chemicals and pollution, and choose food and treats that use whole, healthy ingredients. It’s also important to keep up with Fido’s checkups. This is one area where early detection can make a world of difference!
Is your pup due for a checkup? Contact us, your Greater Cincinnati animal clinic, today!