I can bet you not many veterinary diagnosis will bring you more pain like dog cancer diagnosis. The first thing that will probably cross your mind is the painful and harsh chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatment.
The diagnosis will leave many dog owners with unanswered questions as to what could have caused the cancer. The painful truth is that there is no definite answer to this question. Some dog cancers are common to certain dog breeds. However, the sad reality is that, luck plays an important part in determining whether your dog gets cancer or not. This can be seen from the statistics on bluebuffalofoundation.org website.
What are the signs of dog cancer?
There are general symptoms that can be observed but specific symptoms depend on the type of cancer your dog is suffering from.
The symptoms of dog cancer include the following:
– Decreased mobility.
– Difficulty in urinating.
– Loss of appetite
– Visible pain.
– Abdominal swelling.
– Bumps and lumps.
– Un-explained weight loss.
Treating cancer In Dogs
Several factors will come into play when it comes to deciding the treatment for dog cancer. Some of these factors include the following:
1. The extent of cancer progression.
2. Age of your dog.
3. The health of your dog.
4. The type of tumor.
The treatment for dog cancer is similar to human cancer therapy and it includes the following:
– Herbal or holistic therapy — Sometimes you might be forced to look east and search for an alternative cancer treatment for your dog. Turmeric, hemp seeds and cannabis oil can be used to treat cancer in your dog. Studies have shown that these herbs have the ability of killing cancer cells.
– Chemotherapy — This is a form of cancer treatment which comes in many forms. it can be administered intravenously, orally or topically. Chemotherapy can also be administered intracavitaraly into the body cavity.
Chemotherapy can also be used after the removal of a tumor with an aim of killing any residual cancer cells. It can also be administered before surgery to reduce the size of a tumor.
Majority of dogs will not suffer serious side effects but the type of dog breed will affect the extent of side effects.
You might notice that your dog has a temporary diarrhea and vomiting. Loss of appetite is also another side effect of chemotherapy. However, there is no cause for alarm as most of these side effects are treatable.
– Surgery — This is a form of cancer treatment which removes the cancer from the dog physically. Your vet can recommend surgery on its own or combine this type of treatment with chemotherapy.
– Radiation — This is a form of cancer treatment which takes about three or four weeks. Radiation is not painful though your dog will have to be sedated. You may also notice that your dog is restless, it might also suffer from skin problems and it might be fatigued.
The above treatment for dog cancer can be recommended either as a combination or alone. At times combining these treatments methods works well but it might also fail. These are some of the important issues that you should discuss with your vet.
Cancer diagnosis in your dog might sound like a death sentence but it shouldn’t be. It will be a very difficult and stressful period for you and your dog but it is important to work closely with your vet.