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Lumps and Cancer in Dogs

Cancer is a debilitating disease which not only affects the well being of your dog and affects the owner's life as well. There are several types of common dog cancers and since each is unique the symptoms to identity these diseases are unique as well. There are a few symptoms which are the same in all different types of cancers. These are easy to spot for example; weight loss and loss of appetite. The following are only a few of the many cancers dogs can acquire; Orophayngeal, Lymphoma, Osteosarcoma.

Types of Cancer

Orophayngeal is a type of mouth cancer in dogs which is common and with this disease dogs experience weight loss and loss of appetite. The reason that dogs have problems with malnutrition is because this type of disease causes dogs to experience difficulty chewing and swallowing. This disease occurs more often in dogs between the ages of seven and eleven.

Lymphoma is a disease which can affect different parts of a dog's body for example lymph nodes spleen and liver. The general symptoms which accompany this disease include; vomiting, depression and fever. More specific symptoms can be identified depending on the location of the lymphoma.

Osteosarcoma is a bone cancer which can be difficult to detect since most the symptoms are not noted until the disease has progressed. It usually affects larger breeds of dogs. When inspected it will be noticed that where the tumor is located may be swollen and tender. Other than weight loss other symptoms include; trouble breathing and swollen lymph nodes.

Reducing The Risk

Although the cause of cancer is not known there are several ways to prevent this disease from possible forming.

Here are a few forms of reducing chances of cancer:

  • Reduce stress
  • Healthy diet
  • Purified water
  • Exercise
  • Reducing fleas

There is not one specific cause for dogs with cancer. This disease is influenced by genetics and environmental factors. In order to identify what possible options are available for your dog's condition you should visit your pet's veternarian.

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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.