When we talk about cancer in dogs the first thing that comes to our mind is that only old dogs can contract it, but it’s not like that! There are many reasons why your dog may have skin cancer and it does not matter its age. In this article I will tell you about the symptoms and the treatment of skin cancer in dogs.
What is cancer?
The first thing to understand cancer is to know that the cells of all living beings get old, damaged and then die, being replaced by new cells.
Cancer occurs when damaged or aged cells begin to divide uncontrollably and can invade other tissues. What are tumors? The tumors are when those cancer cells, are grouped forming a mass of tissue.
It can be said that there are two types of cancer:
Benign: Usually have a rapid and localized growth, but do not invade other tissues.
Malignant: These can invade other tissues and even cause metastasis.
Symptoms of skin cancer in dogs
The most common symptoms are:
- Lumps on the skin
- Abnormal thickening of the skin
- Wounds with weird appearance
- Wounds that do not heal
- If the cancer spreads to other tissues, it will also have other symptoms:
- Weight loss (no reason)
- It will not want to exercise
- Difficult breathing
- Difficult urinating
- Difficult defecating
Does your dog have any of these symptoms? Then, take him as soon as possible to the vet!
Canine skin cancer treatment
One of the most common treatments is to remove the tumor surgically. That’s why the sooner we detect the disease, the easier it will be to cure your little friend!
Remember: If you detect something abnormal in your pet, go to the vet as soon as possible! He will be the one who can give you the proper diagnosis.
Nowadays, fortunately, veterinary oncology has evolved a lot! And chemotherapy is already applied in dogs! Although it is only recommended for cases where the tumor has spread throughout their body.
In any case, if you think your pet may have a health problem, please go to your trusted veterinarian, he will be the one who can offer you the diagnosis of your little friend!
If your dog is ill, do not forget to give it all the love to help it handle the problems. Love is also curative.