SIGNS Your dog seems generally sore; has difficulty getting up after sleeping, and has occasional lameness; he has trouble jumping up or climbing stairs; sometimes you can move the joints and hear crunching.
CAUSES It will happen to most of us. Our joints age and lose their protective covering or cartilage. When this happens, bone rubs on bone, leading to osteoarthritis. In some pets, arthritis can be secondary to a ligament injury, producing joint instability. This often happens with the knee, secondarily there are cranial cruciate ligament strains or tears.
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
Canine lymphoma (also called lymphosarcoma) is the most common type of cancer to affect dogs. Lymphoma is defined as the occurrence of malignant tumors in a dog’s organs, usually in the lymph nodes, liver, or spleen. Lymphoma can also be present in the digestive tract, as well as in the eyes and skin.
Lymphoma can affect any type of dog, but there are several breeds that are more prone to develop this type of cancer. The most commonly affected breeds include Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, Poodles, German Shepherds, Boxers, Scottish Terriers, Beagles and Basset Hounds.
The life expectancy of a dog diagnosed with lymphoma is between 9 and 12 months. While this may seem discouraging, it is possible to send a dog’s lymphoma into remission with constant medical care, and regular chemotherapy.
With proper care, the survival rate of a dog diagnosed with lymphoma can be raised to 50%. … Read the rest