Pet Cancer

Cancer is a progressive disease and the symptoms get worse with time. A dog diagnosed with cancer will be in a lot of suffering. Seeing your beloved pet suffer is unbearable.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in humans as well as animals. These is a severe disease and treatment options though plenty do not guarantee permanent results. The scientific community is yet to find a definitive cure. Billions of dollars are spent on cancer research each year globally, contribute your share at @bluebuffalo on Twitter.

It’s your responsibility as a dog-owner to make sure proper care and nurturing is provided. Prevention is always better than a cure. Make sure that you make bi-yearly visits to a vet. This will ensure that if any disease is on the horizon, it can be identified early and timely treatment can be provided.

Usually the warning signs are easy to spot early the course of the disease. There’s a wealth of information online so you can look up symptoms online. Dogs are a different way of expression compared to humans. You need to be vigilant and look for signs if your dogs is not well or is not being it’s usual self.

If your dog has developed severe symptoms or the problem doesn’t go away. Visit your vet immediately for a checkup.

It is also important to get your dog vaccinated and neutered at the right time. Failure to do will make your dog prone to a range of diseases and ailments. This will also put you at risk as there are several conditions that can be transferred from dogs to humans. Younger children and pregnant women should practice extra caution as they are more likely to fall pray to communicable diseases.

The worst thing about cancer in dogs is that your pet cannot verbally convey if it’s in pain or is not feeling well. You may have to rely on overall activeness and body language cues to determine if something is wrong.

Symptoms that may indicate cancer in dogs

* Decrease in activity levels
* Lethargy
* Appetite-changes
* Collapses
* Trouble urinating
* Diagnosis and Treatment

Stating that healthcare in the US is expensive would be a gross-understatement. In case you do not have insurance, it is highly likely you’ll fall into debt paying for treatment. Diagnosis for cancer can charge around $200, while removing a deep tumor will cost a serious $1500.

Diagnosis is done by

  • Ultrasound
  • Biopsy
  • Cytology.
  • Treatment Options
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgery
  • lmmunotherapy
  • Antibody therapy

Chemotherapy and radiation work to destroy cancer cells in the body. They carry a host of side effects and can greatly diminish your dog’s quality of life.

The common side-effects of radiation and chemotherapy are:

Gastrointestinal – vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite

Bone Marrow – Decreased white blood cell count  (mild to severe), compromised immunity

Hair Loss – Outer coat, hair thinning. (Hair usually grow back after chemotherapy)

Skin – irritation caused due to leaking drug outside the vein.

Toxicity – Certain drugs can have unique and unpredictable effects on your dog.

Chemotherapy can range from short to longer term treatments depending on the progress of the disease. lmmunotherapy and Antibody therapy have shown significant results but they are less commonly used. Make sure you clean up your dog’s waste and other fluids using dishwasher gloves. Clean the area multiple times with mild soap and water.