Canine Cancer: 8 Warning Signs Of Tumors In Dogs

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Although it usually afflicts older dogs, cancer can strike dogs of any age, and any breed – though some types of dogs are more susceptible than others, warns Christine McLaughlin for Dogtime. Canine cancer is treatable, however, with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy, but it is important to detect it as early as possible. Watching for warning signs of cancer is the key to successful recovery from the disease, cautions Melissa Smith of Petful. Here’s how to spot it before it’s too late.

Abnormal Lumps Or Swelling

Most lumps you detect on your dog are probably benign. However, if you run your hands over your dog and detect any raised area that wasn’t there before, have a vet check it out to be sure it’s harmless.

Lethargy

Every dog has her down days, but if your dog is inactive or moody day after day, the problem may be illness-related. Cancer exacts a heavy toll on the system, and may reveal itself by making your pet exhausted.

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Alli B. was born and raised in the Great Lakes State. She is a proud dog mom to an adorable mutt named Rue, a three-legged pup named Tripp, and a crazy cat mom to two feisty felines, Louie and Pikachu. She spends her days exploring all that Michigan has to offer with her husband and their fur-babies.