Understanding Cancer in Dogs

Cancer is a terrifying diagnosis to hear from your veterinarian. Dogs, like humans, can succumb to many types of cancer, and it is the very last thing you want to hear when you take your beloved canine companion in for a check-up. It helps to be prepared with some basic knowledge about cancer in dogs.

As followers of Divinity’s blog know, Divinity died from cancer on September 10, 2014. Since my little lady’s death, I’ve tried to publish information on this terrible disease.

Divinity at the Vets

Divinity at the Vets

 

This article is a partial repost from Pet Wellbeing, and was Veterinarian Reviewed by Dr. Janice Huntingford. I learned about this post from a Tweet by Chase Away K9 Cancer.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is the unchecked growth of abnormal cells in a certain tissue of the body. This abnormal cell growth can result in a disturbance of the tissue’s ability to perform its normal functions. Some cancers are locally aggressive while others have a tendency to spread throughout the body, affecting more systems as they go.

Causes of Canine Cancer

While all causes of cancer in dogs are not known, it is widely accepted that a combination of environmental and genetic factors contribute to its development.

Topics in this article include:

* Most Common Types of Cancer in Dogs

* Breeds, Sex, and Ages of Dogs Most Commonly Affected by Cancer

* Signs of Cancer in Dogs

* Diagnosis of Canine Cancer

* Treatment Options for Cancer in Dogs

* What Questions Should I Ask My Veterinarian If My Dog Is Diagnosed with Cancer?

To read this informative article on canine cancer, click the following link:
Understanding Cancer in Dogs

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