Cancer is something that needs reflection. It’s a leading cause of death in dogs, especially for dogs 10 and over. Here at Mount Carmel Animal Hospital, we focus on treating multiple types of cancers such as mast cell tumor cancer, bone cancer, and many more. We even perform diagnostics and offer treatment in the comfort of your home. Are you unsure if your dog has cancer? Here is a list of some of the top signs that may be indicators.
1) Tumors, Swellings, and Unusual Growths
One significant fact is that all tumors are cancerous. As dogs become older, fatty deposits are quite common. However, some growths may be malignant, meaning that they can spread through the blood and lymph systems. You should also watch out for swollen lymph nodes. They aren’t painful for your canine companion, but they could be a sign of lymphoma, which is prevalent for dogs, especially Golden Retrievers. Swollen lymph nodes are also a potential sign of leukemia.
To be proactive, you can do a monthly check and search for lumps and bumps. Taking this step is especially crucial if your dog is older. If you’re unaware if swelling is benign, always check with a veterinarian.
2) Wounds That Don’t Seem to Heal
Small wounds should heal over time. Indicators that the lesion is healing is scabbing, scarring, or hair growing over the wound. If this isn’t true for your dog, then you need to take your furry friend to a vet right away. Red, irritated wounds may be an indicator of mast cell tumors, a widespread skin tumor found in canines. Mast cell tumors can spread to bone marrow or other organs, so it’s crucial to catch the signs early.
3) A Change in Your Dog’s Gait
If it seems that your dog is limping or in pain, this could be a sign of bone cancer. Take special note if it looks as if your dog is shifting their weight to one side of their body. If your older dog has arthritis, then this could be the reason for a change in their gait. Older dogs tend to slow down, but if this issue seems to have come out of nowhere, then talk to a veterinarian.
Other Potential Signs
- Rapid Weight Loss or Gain
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Unusual Fecal Matter
- Troubled Breathing and Bathroom Usage
Here at Mount Carmel Animal Hospital, We’ll Treat Your Pets Like Family!
Mount Carmel Animal Hospital has been serving the Northern Baltimore/Southern York community for over 30 years and is proud to be an independently operated, small animal practice committed to excellence in veterinary medicine and client service. From grooming to wellness services, along with Canine Life Skills Training Courses, and surgical procedures, we have the expertise that will best serve the needs of you and your pet. Contact us at 410-343-0200 and follow us on Facebook!