Lumps and bumps can be a normal part of life for any dog, especially when they hit their middle or golden years. Thankfully, many of these lumps are benign and cause no problem whatsoever. But unfortunately, just like people, dogs can get cancer in and under their skin. The most common type of skin cancer in dogs is a mast cell tumor (MCT), alternatively, mast cell sarcoma or mastocytoma. They can often be successfully treated if caught early enough and dealt with aggressively, so owners need to be on the lookout. Let’s dive in to learn more about mast cells and what to do when they misbehave.
Discovering that your dog has cancer is not easy. You want your pup to be as healthy as possible and take the necessary steps to help keep them comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s fairly expensive to cover your dog’s cancer treatment. Some pet insurance companies even cover cancer.
Does pet insurance cover expensive health conditions, like cancer? It depends on your dog’s health status when you purchase the policy and after all waiting periods have passed. Because pre-existing conditions are excluded from coverage, you can’t obtain coverage for an existing cancer diagnosis for your dog. However, if you’re preemptively purchasing a pet insurance policy, then any future diagnoses, including cancer, may be eligible for coverage.
You’re likely familiar with the term lymphoma, a fairly well-known type of cancer that affects many people, especially at younger ages. Unfortunately, our canine companions are also susceptible to this life-threatening cancer. In fact, it’s one of the most common types of cancer in dogs. In our furry friends, lymphoma can develop with minimal or no initial symptoms of illness, yet some forms can spread aggressively if not caught early. We’ll help you learn how to spot early signs, most commonly enlarged lymph nodes, and everything else you should know about this serious disease.
My wife and I have a dog, and I know the last thing in the world she wants to think about is our pup ever getting cancer. The thought of it can be so upsetting to us that we can blind ourselves and look the other way when it comes to our dogs’ health. Sometimes the warning signs are obvious – like large growths on the outside of their bodies. Other times, cancers can show up in unexpected ways.
One of the most common and deadly forms of canine cancer is hemangiosarcoma, a malignant growth of blood vessels that most frequently affects the spleen. While any age, breed, or size can develop this type of spleen cancer, older and larger breeds are more at risk. We share the most important information you need to know about spleen cancer in dogs, including signs, types, treatment options, and outcomes.
As many dog owners know, dogs can sadly develop cancer, just like people. This means they can get bone cancer as well. Bone cancer is usually serious but only represents around 6% of all cancers in dogs. Find out more about the symptoms of bone cancer in dogs, as well as treatment and life expectancy.
If you’ve noticed a growth on your dog’s eye, it’s natural to immediately rush to the conclusion that your furry family member has cancer. Try to keep in mind that most dog eye tumors end up being benign (non-cancerous). But unfortunately, our canine counterparts can get eye cancer. We explore the various types of eye cancer in dogs and associated symptoms to help you understand what your pup may be experiencing. However, you should always contact your veterinarian about any eye changes you notice in your dog.
Fear sets in when you feel a lump or bump on your dog that you haven’t felt before. Thoughts of your dog having a tumor take over. But keep in mind that growths and masses are common with dogs, and not all dog tumors are cancerous. We’ll help answer some of your questions about the signs, symptoms, and types of tumors in dogs, as well as what to expect when you see your veterinarian — a prompt vet appointment is important with any abnormal mass or growth you notice on your dog.
Have you found a lump or suspicious-looking lesion on your dog’s skin? The fear that your pup has cancer probably enters your mind almost immediately. But the good news is that most skin abnormalities on your dog aren’t cancerous, and an estimated 60% to 80% of skin tumors on dogs are benign (non-cancerous). But the not-so-good-news? The most common type of cancer in dogs is skin cancer. So it’s crucial to take your dog to the vet whenever you find a lump or other skin anomaly on your dog to get it checked out. Because it’s the most common cancer in dogs, you should be informed about the most common types, including the signs, treatment, and more.
Just like people, dogs can develop growths in their mouths. These are called oral tumors, accounting for 6-7% of all dog cancers. Oral cancer in dogs is usually primary, meaning it arises directly from the mouth’s tissues. Some are benign but can be pesky, whereas some are malignant and need to be tackled quickly and aggressively.
No two dogs are alike. Likewise, no two dog breeds are alike, especially when it comes to their health. Dog health problems range from infections to cancers, and it’s up to you as pet parents to keep your companions happy and healthy by understanding some common dog illnesses and diseases. See below for the most common types of dog health issues, and make sure to take immediate action if you think something serious is wrong with your dog.