COMMONLY HEARD PET CANCER NAMES
The cancers below are words you never want to hear either from a human doctor or a veterinarian. Unfortunately I have encountered all of these in my own “kids” over the years as I am certain some of you have encountered in your personal lives. There are more available treatments than there were 25 years ago but not by much. There are medications that can help reduce the pain but all in all I just refer to them as the kiss of death. The important thing is to make sure you ask your veterinarian exactly what the best guess is on treatment. Do what you feel is right for your pet not what is right for you.
A cancerous tumor of blood vessel cells of which the common locations are the spleen, skin, liver and most often the heart.
Also called lymphosarcoma -A cancerous disease that affects the lymph nodes and can also move to the liver, spleen and bone marrow. Lymphocytes are the primary cells of the lymph system. When lymphocytes become cancerous within a lymph node, the node swells and hardens. These show up as lumpy bumps on the skin and sometimes by feel you can judge whether it is just a fatty tumor or not. It has the ability of metastasizing, or growing like wildfire. This is tad better news than the others but even in humans prognosis is not all that great. Again chemotherapy is the only known treatment.
Tumor of the bone but as long as it has not metastasized to other areas prognosis can be more hopeful than the above mentioned. Osteosarcoma the most common bone tumor of the dog, usually going after the leg bones and usually in large breed dogs. It is a painful cancer and since the bone is destroyed from the inside out. Amputation of the limb is sometimes the only option.
Note on author: The advantage of opinions is they cannot be wrong and they cannot be right. Consequently all written material is strictly my opinion based on over 30 years working with animals. I do not believe in “experts” for one finds out quickly that there is always someone who is smarter, better educated and a wider life experience. If I was an expert and knew everything I would opt to be dictator of the world, not working with animals. I do not believe in statistics since for every con argument there are equal pro arguments to challenge those statistics. Consequently rarely, if ever do I use them.
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