Caring for a Dog With Cancer
Caring for a dog with cancer is a team effort. As your dog’s owner, you are central to the treatment and management of his disease. The vet and other veterinary care team members will give you recommendations, information, and conduct tests. They will also perform some of the treatments, but these actions come in response to your choices about the treatment direction you decide to take for your dog. Also, as primary care giver for your dog, you will be personally and directly involved in his daily, ongoing care, including providing comfort, support, and medication delivery. This is possible when you can work jointly with your veterinary care team members and make every effort to gain the expertise and abilities required to provide the necessary care and decisions for your dog.
Symptoms of cancer in dogs
Sometimes there are no signs, so anytime your dog isn’t acting quite right you should bring it to the attention of your vet. The classic warning signs of canine cancer include:
- A bump or lump
- Abnormal bleeding
- A wound that won't heal
- Enlarged, swollen lymph nodes
If my dog has cancer, does that mean he’s going to die
Not necessarily. A lot of cancerous tumors can be surgically removed, often curing the dog. Even in situations where cancer has advanced to a lymph node, there are alternatives to prolong your dog’s life.
Available Treatments for cancer
Depending on the type and severity of cancer your dog has, there may be quite a few treatment choices. Some conventional options include:
- Radiation therapy
- Immunotherapy tumor vaccines
What’s the cure rate for dogs with cancer?
Overall, the cure rate for dogs with cancer is over 60 percent. There are a lot of dogs with lumps that are removed by their vets surgically with a very good long-term prognosis.
Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.