Cancer

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.

Black dog with tumor on face (Caption: Dog Tumors Guide)

Dog Tumors: Signs, Types, Diagnosis & More

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. 

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What Are The Signs Of Cancer In Dogs?

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.

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Does Pet Insurance 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.

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Lymphoma In Dogs: Types, Symptoms, Treatment, Life Expectancy & More

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.

Tumor in the mouth of a dog outside

Mouth Cancer In Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment Options

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.

Senior Yellow Labrador Retriever fighting cancer sitting in grass (Caption: Mast Cell Tumor In Dogs)

Mast Cell Tumor In Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment & More

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.

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Dog Skin Cancer: 4 Common Types, Causes, Signs, Treatment & More

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.

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Common Dog Health Issues You Must Know

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.

Dog with lump on ear (Caption: Things To Know About Lumps & Bumps On Dogs)

What Do Lumps On Dogs Mean?

If you have an older dog, then you are no stranger to finding miscellaneous bumps and lumps on them. In fact most dogs over the age of 7 will have developed one or more of these bumps upon inspection. But what are these lumps and bumps on dogs and when should you be concerned…

Emmie and Elderly Dogs

7 Tips For Caring For Your Elderly Dogs

As a 27-year-old mother of two seniors, I have slowly begun to accept the unavoidable truth that my babies are all grown up. When we first switched our boys to senior dog food, I was emotional (well, I cried) and as a social worker my first instinct was, Pet stores really should have support staff on hand for this kind of thing! I know I’m not the only one who has underestimated how emotional this transition would be…

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