• Symptoms of Bone Cancer in Dogs

    Dogs are man’s best friend, but that title simply doesn’t do them justice; it’s more appropriate to call them family. That’s why the potential diagnosis of cancer – no matter what type it is – is so alarming and concerning to dog owners. We all want what’s best for our dogs, and cancer can be a disheartening diagnosis to hear. While certain types of cancer are more treatable than others, it’s important to remain both hopeful and realistic about your pet’s health so that they can receive the best care and quality of life possible.

    X-Ray of Dog

    Bone cancer is an aggressive form of cancer that should be treated with urgency and assertiveness. This article focuses on some of the commonly-asked questions about bone cancer in dogs and what pet owners can do to help manage their beloved family member’s illness.

    Q: What is bone cancer?

    A: Bone cancer, also known as osteosarcoma, is a quick-metastasizing form of cancer that must be treated aggressively. The most effective treatment opportunities are at the beginning stages of the illness; however, since this form of cancer spreads quickly, it is often difficult to manage and control long-term. This diagnosis is a difficult one to handle, as current forms of medicine and treatment have not shown to be consistently successful.

    Q: What types of dogs are more susceptible to bone cancer?

    A: Bone cancer is a relatively common diagnosis in larger dog breeds, but can be found in many different types of dog breeds – even in some cats. It is important to note that current research does not indicate that bone cancer is genetically passed down, nor is it associated with specifically male or female dogs. However, some research does indicate that bone cancer can potentially be more prominent in dogs that previously went through one or more bone injuries in their lifetime. If you are concerned about your pet’s susceptibility to bone cancer, it is important to consult with your veterinarian.

    Q: What are the symptoms of bone cancer in dogs?

    A: The signs of bone cancer can be difficult to discern from the symptoms of other illnesses or diseases, including even some canine depressive symptoms. These are the most typical signs of canine bone cancer that you should be aware of:

    • Observable tumor or mass growth – with or without inflammation in the surrounding area
    • Swelling of limbs
    • Difficulty mobilizing
    • Aversion to food or water

    If you notice that your pet is exhibiting any of the aforementioned symptoms, it is critical to follow up with your veterinarian right away to determine if the cause of your pet’s symptoms is due to osteosarcoma.

    Q: What is the diagnostic process for bone cancer?

    A: If your dog is displaying any of the signs of an illness that could potentially be related to bone cancer, your veterinarian will want to perform a few basic assessment measures and procedures to determine what is causing your pet’s discomfort. The first step will likely be to conduct X-rays to find any tumors or masses that may be present. For a thorough diagnosis, your veterinarian will also utilize CAT scans, biopsies of any tumors, and blood panels.

    Q: What can you do to make sure your pet receives the best care possible?

    A: The best thing you can do for your pet is to be aware of their behavior and symptoms and follow up with care and treatment accordingly. If you notice any tumors on your pet or changes in their appetite and energy levels, bring them to your veterinarian for an exam right away – it’s better to be proactive than to hold off on diagnosing health concerns.

    Dog Bone Cancer Treatment

    Here at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, we have diagnosed and treated canine bone cancer in clients’ pets coming from all over the areas of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other cities nearby Ventura County, which has allowed us to extend the reach of our expertise and passion for animal health. If you’ve recently noticed changes in your pet’s behavior, including decreased appetite and energy levels, or have detected any tumors or masses on their body, please bring them to us for a thorough exam as soon as possible – your pet’s health and your peace of mind are important to us.

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    posted on September 6, 2018 at 6:26 am by Doctor Ron