Cancer in Dogs: Early Signs and Breeds as Risk

Cancer in Dogs: Early Signs and Breeds as Risk

Cancer in Dogs

As in humans and many animals, cancer is possible for your canine companion.  It starts with cell development going wrong, and often a healthy immune system can detect and eliminate these cells right away.  Make sure to feed your pup a healthy diet, always offer clean water, make sure they can get regular exercise, and ask your vet about supplements that can help.  Some veterinary companies offer over the counter supplements for general wellness, and mushroom complexes can be a good place to start.

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What to Watch For

As with humans, unexplained weight loss is always something to get checked out.  Loss of appetite, difficulty going to the bathroom, lack of energy, bleeding or discharge, wounds that don't heal, and lameness or stiffness, changes in drinking and or urination are all reasons to take your dog to the vet.  Also let your vet know if you feel any lumps or bumps as your pet and snuggle your dog.

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Breeds with Higher Risk

Cancer is the leading cause of death in all but 11 purebred breeds.  Golden retrievers lead the way in cancer rate, at about 60 percent.  That's more than double the average of all other breeds combined.  Hemangiosarcoma is the most common cancer type in Goldens.

Other breeds to keep a close eye on are Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, German Shepards, Poodles, Rottweilers, Cocker Spaniels, Doberman Pinschers, and Beagles.  These breeds are all prone to different cancers, and some are more likely by gender.  

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This type of cancer often causes internal bleeding, and develops from blood vessels.  It then often manifests tumors in the spleen, liver, skin or heart. However, this form of cancer can grow anywhere in the body.

Hemangiosarcoma can affect any breed, however, it’s most commonly found in German shepherds, golden retrievers, and labrador retrievers.  Males also appear to be predisposed to this type of cancer, but females can also develop it.  It is most common in middle-aged and older dogs.

This is the main type of cancer for which vets often recommend Yunnan Baiyao.


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