Cancer Signs To Watch Out For

by Nancy Boland

One condition that every dog owner dreads is “cancer”. The number of our dogs that will develop one a form of cancer – is phenomenal. Studies show that an estimated one in three dogs may develop cancer during the course of their lives – a frighteningly high statistic.

All dog breeds can develop cancer, including mixed breeds but some breeds are considered as high risk, including; Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Boxers, Boston Terriers and Golden Retrievers.
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The Most Common Forms of Canine Cancer

  • Lymphoma
  • Malignant Histiocytosis
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Mammary Cancer
  • Mast Cell Tumours
  • Melanoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma

Early Diagnosis & Treatment

Vets can now treat many forms of canine cancer with varying degrees of success using modern techniques. This includes surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiation. However, for a treatment to be effective and therefore successful, an early diagnosis, just like with people, is vital. The less a type of cancer has spread the better chance there is for recovery.

What To Watch Out For

Apart from strange new lumps or bumps on your dog’s body, other signs to watch out for include;

  • An abnormal swelling that is increasing in size
  • Sores
  • Weight Loss
  • Appetite Loss
  • A discharge
  • Odours
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • General Apathy

If you notice your dog displaying any of the above symptoms, it is crucial to get them to the vet so they can undergo a thorough examination.


It is not possible to completely stop cancer from developing but several things can be done that have been proven to stop certain types of cancers developing, including; spaying and neutering dogs when they are young to prevent reproductive cancer.

Diet also  plays a vital role as does regular exercise which is why it’s so important to feed your dog a healthy, good quality diet from an early age and to ensure they get all the exercise they need to stay active. Modern research and knowledge into nutrition has found that dog’s maintaining a diet full of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins A,C, E, beta carotene , lycopene and selenium stand a better chance of fighting life threatening cancers.

As with any illness,  canine cancer when diagnosed and caught early enough gives a dog a better chance of living out the remainder of their lives without being in too much pain, and even making a full recovery if the cancer is found early enough.

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