Pets can get cancer too. And when this happens, it can be devastating to the owners and parents of these animals. There are a variety of different types of dog cancers and canine tumors, but one of the deadliest (and most silent) is hemangiosarcoma, which is cancer of the blood cells.
This type of cancer can show up as skin cancer. If this is the case, it’s good news because skin cancer in dogs can be effectively treated if caught early enough. Hemangiosarcoma can also show up as cancer of the internal organs like the heart or the spleen.
If perfect canine tumors are found in the heart or spleen,the prognosis tends to be extremely poor. Aggressive treatments aren’t that effective with this type of cancer. Generally the only time the owner knows their dog has this type of cancer is when the dog tumor ruptures and there’s massive internal bleeding.
Blood cancer is extremely difficult to treat. Usually by the time of diagnosis, the cancer will have spread to other parts of the body. Often a dog will only have weeks or months to live after the diagnosis even with aggressive therapy like chemotherapy and surgery.
Any breed of dog can get blood cancer. But this type of cancer is more prevalent in certain species of dogs, mainly Labrador retrievers, German shepherd dogs and golden retrievers. But other species like Siberian huskies and miniature poodles have been known to die due to blood cancer.
As a pet parent, you need to be especially vigilant with your pet’s health to be able to catch blood cancer early enough. Still, even the most vigilant pet parents miss the symptoms. They can be so subtle.
Skin based canine tumors are easier to find. You’ll notice an unusual growth on the skin and get a biopsy done so your vet can determine if it’s cancerous. Only your vet will be able to identify tumors as cancerous. Many canine tumors on the skin are benign.
Cancer of the internal organs is much more difficult to diagnose. The symptoms are very subtle and more often than not, there are no symptoms at all. A few signs include weight loss, weakness, loss of appetite, lack of energy and difficulty breathing. These can be signs of another condition, aging or they could be a sign of professional canine tumor growth. In order to get a definitive diagnosis, your vet may need to order an ultrasound, CT, other diagnostic scans or x-ray.
If you have found any symptom that your pet is facing, maybe a trip to the vet cannot be ruled out. You need to ensure that all preventive tests and examinations are done to catch any growth of cancer in the early stages. These can be treated comparatively easily before the malignancy spreads. Additionally, care about your pet. If it is too weak or cannot walk, it needs all your love and care as it heals or takes the last few breaths.