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4 Signs of Cancer in Dogs

Posted on: November 8th, 2013 by

A Boxer dog, cancer commonly affects Boxers.

Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats

Hi, I’m Doctor Fiona Caldwell, and I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital, and I’m answering questions today from pet owners for Pets Best. And this question is, “What are signs of cancer in dogs?”

This is a tough one for me to answer because cancer can affect any organ in the dog’s body, so it really depends on which organ system is affected.  But here are four initial things we veterinarians look for:

1. Dogs can get skin cancer, but they may not have any clinical signs at all other than changes or masses on the skin.

2. Cancer of the organs, though, of the liver or the kidneys, can sometimes cause big signs like changes in hunger, weight loss, that type of thing.

3. Cancer of the bone typically presents with lameness, and dogs can be in a lot of pain on whatever limb is affected.

4. We can see cancer in the lungs, so these dogs will present with coughing.

So, again it’s a difficult question to answer just based on the variety of cancer that we see in veterinary medicine. But here’s at least a few things to look for. Obviously if you’re concerned about something that your dog is doing, and you think it might be cancer, consult with your veterinarian.

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One Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing such a knowledgeable information. Cancer is dreadful disease and can be cured if it is detected in the early stage.

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