Tumor prevention is usually not possible since most types of cancers occur due to a pet’s genetic makeup. Doges get a lot of tumors, both neutral or bad.
As a dog owner, you can help by being vigilant for lumps and tumors. It is a good idea to check the dog’s skin on a weekly basis and get any new lumps checked by Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital.
At Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital we recommend some Blood and Urine tests to be performed before taking any further actions.
For some tumors it’s helpful to know what type of cancer it is, to aid in planning the operation. To do this visit us at Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital we may remove a few cells via a needle and send them to a lab for analysis. Contact us for more details.
If the fine needle sample analysis results show the lump is benign, which means there are no abnormal cells and nothing to worry about, then leave things alone. Unless it is affecting your dog’s general activities like the way they walk or eat.
Tumors of the skin are the common type and the most obvious ones. The owners can notice, feel and see. These tumors can come up in any shape, size, or color. And they can be covered with hair. It’s rare for those bumps to go away over time, that’s why you must visit your vet.
If the fine needle sample analysis results show there’s something dangerous brewing, like cancer, then surgically removing the mass will give the pet the best chance to be cancer-free.
Other tumors can’t be that obvious, so here are the signs that when you see you can tell that your dog has a tumor.
Signs that your dog has a tumor (cancer)
- loss of appetite.
- Weight loss.
- Difficulty eating or swallowing.
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening.
- Sores that do not heal.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Offensive odor
Surgical tumor removal
There are a lot of factors that determine the efficacy of surgical tumor removal like the type and size of the tumor and is it easy to access it or not. Also, how early you caught the tumor and what surgical techniques had been used. Only gentle lead walks will be okay. Must avoid exertion, which could burst the stitches.
It takes about 10 to 14 days for the dog to be recovered from tumor removal. During this time, the dog’s owner must watch his dog and prevent it from licking the area of the operation. We do that by giving the dog a cone to wear or have the area covered.
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