Towcester Veterinary Centre in Northamptonshire offer support with canine cancer
March 21, 2021
When it comes to your beloved pet dog, hearing the word ‘cancer’ can leave you feeling completely helpless. Towcester Veterinary Centre’s team of veterinary surgeons want you to know that you’re not alone – they’re here to help you understand and cope with canine cancer.
There are several common canine cancers including mast cell tumours, brain tumours, lymphoma, bladder cancer, mammary carcinoma, mouth & nose cancer, melanoma and testicular cancer. Here are some quick facts:
- Cancer mostly affects middle-aged & older dogs but young dogs can get it.
- Other health issues, such as obesity, can be a factor with some cancers.
- Unneutered dogs and some breeds are more susceptible to certain cancers.
Only a vet can diagnose canine cancer so it’s important to keep up with 6-12 month health checks wherever possible. Spotting canine cancer can be very difficult sometimes and will depend on many factors. The most common symptoms are:
- Lumps and bumps underneath your dog’s skin.
- Abnormal odors coming from the mouth, ears, or any other body parts.
- Abnormal discharge from the eyes, mouth, ears, or rectum.
- Abdominal swelling.
- Wounds or sores that won’t heal.
- Sudden weight loss and failure to regain the weight.
- Change in appetite.
- Coughing or difficulty breathing.
- Lethargy or depression.
- Changes in toileting habits.
- Evidence of pain.
When treating canine cancer, different factors will influence the options: age, overall health, the type of cancer and it’s behaviour, and the stage it’s at. Cancer therapies for dogs are similar to human treatments – surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and holistic & herbal therapies can benefit in some cases.
Not all dogs can cope with, or will respond to treatment. It’s also important to remember the long-term prognosis and quality of life your pet can expect during and after any treatment.
At Towcester Veterinary Centre in Northamptonshire, we’re here to support you and your pet every step of the way. If you have any concerns, contact us for advice.