Canine cancer is the result of cell growth which is uncontrolled and that serves no purpose. Cancer in dos is also referred to as a neoplasia, tumor and malignancy. Any body tissue can develop cancer. Cancer either originates at a site, which is called primary cancer or spreads from another area, which is called secondary cancer. Cancer spreads in the body through the blood or the lymph system. Once a cancer starts to spread it becomes increasingly more difficult to treat (called cancer that has metastisized)
Hearing that your dog has canine cancer does not mean the end of its life. Like cancer treatment in people, there are now many options for treating your pet. In general, treatments tend to be more effective and have fewer side effects. Cancer is seen in about 1,100 of every 100,000 dogs and is treated by a veterinary oncologist.
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Cancer of the urinary tract in dogs can affect the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, prostate, or urethra. Within the urinary system, the bladder is the location most frequently affected with cancer. Compared to cancer in other locations in the body, bladder cancer is unusual, comprising 1-2% of all cancers in the dog. With more than 65 million pet dogs in the United States, however, even unusual cancers like bladder cancer, are problems for numerous dogs and their families.
What is bladder cancer? The most common cancer of the dog urinary bladder is invasive transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of intermediate to high grade. TCC is a malignant tumor, i.e. cancer, that develops from the transitional epithelial cells that line the bladder. In dogs, this tumor invades into the deeper layers of the bladder wall including the muscle layers. As the cancer enlarges in the bladder, it can cause obstruction to … Read the rest
What is an osteosarcoma?
Osteosarcoma is the most common malignant bone tumor diagnosed in veterinary practice. It is considered similar to pediatric osteosarcoma in humans, a bone cancer that usually develops during the period of rapid growth that occurs in adolescence, as a teenager matures into an adult. Osteosarcoma typically affects large breed older dogs but dogs one to two years of age are also diagnosed with this serious disease. There seems to be a higher incidence of osteosarcoma in male dogs.
What are the clinical signs of osteosarcoma?
The symptoms of osteosarcoma are related to the bone or bones involved. The usual symptom is intermittent lameness in a forelimb or hindlimb without any known trauma or injury. There may be a painful area over a long bone or the owner or veterinarian may notice a hard swelling. In some cases, the cancerous bone may fracture or break with only … Read the rest