Dog Skin Cancer Symptoms and Treatment

Dog Skin CancerDog skin cancer is fairly common and can be a scary prospect, but it doesn’t have to mean it’s all over for your furry friend. Dogs naturally develop tumors more easily than cats – up to six times – but their tumors are more likely to be benign. If you know the signs of canine skin cancer then you can easily detect any irregularities in your dog’s skin with thorough inspections. It is not known exactly what causes skin cancer in dogs, but exposure to the sun appears to be a link, and certain breeds, as well as dogs with light and/or thin coats, statistically develop dog skin cancer more often than others. For the good of your pet canine, make it your job to know the most common symptoms and treatments for one of the most dangerous, but treatable, dog skin diseases.

Symptoms:

1. Lumps or bumps in the skin are the most obvious symptom of skin cancer. Keep in mind that dogs develop tumors almost thirty-four percent more often than humans and those tumors can be benign or indicative of other dog skin problems, so finding a new lump is not necessarily reason for alarm.

2. Appetite loss.

3. Lethargy.

&4. Vomiting (sometimes bloody).

5. Dog skin cancer often causes wounds that do not heal. Be on the lookout for that area your dog just can’t seem to stop licking or scratching.

Treatments:

1. Chemotherapy.

2. Radiation.

3. Dog skin cancer tumors may often be removed if they’re in a safe and accessible place for operation.

Remember that your dog’s skin cancer has a much greater likelihood of being cured if it’s caught early-on. Be vigilant about examining your pet regularly for any changes in skin texture or odd-looking bumps or skin growths. Make it your job to detect skin cancer in your dog before the vet makes a dog illness diagnosis.