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
Liver tumors dog are an important part of the body as the liver affects many bodily functions such as blood clotting, breaking down toxic substances, waste products and stores energy for the body.
Two types of liver cancer in dogs can arise – Primary liver cancer and metastatic liver cancer.
Primary liver cancer is the result of a primary liver tumor (one that originates in the liver). The most common primary liver tumor is the hepatocellular carcinoma which usually does not spread to other parts of the body. Instead, the tumor invades into the liver tissue. Primary liver cancer is less common than metastatic liver cancer in dogs. Primary liver cancer occurs more frequently in older dogs (10 years of age or older). There is a slightly increased risk of primary liver tumors in male dogs. Although rather rare, primary liver cancer in dogs can also metastasize to other parts … Read the rest
These are very common – especially in female dogs.
SIGNS Your pet cries or strains when urinating. You see blood in your pet’s urine. She is urinating more frequently. She may be urinating throughout the house. Your male dog has a visible discharge from his penis sheath.
CAUSES Many urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria which have spread from the urethra. Some are due to bladder stones secondary to diet. Others are a primary inflammation of the lining of the bladder wall.