Skin Cancer in Dogs


Skin cancer in dogs is the most common cancer disease in dogs. In general, skin tumor of dog accounts for one-third of dog tumors. Every dog can be having skin cancer; they are maybe benign, maybe malignant. Follow this post to gain more knowledge about the signs, the symptoms, possible causes and how to treat skin cancer in dogs.

The speed ​​appears tumors in dogs are up to six times faster than cats and 34 times faster than humans. Most types of cancer in dogs usually occur in middle-aged and older dogs. However, some canine cancer still occurs in young dogs. And only 20% ~ 30% of dogs with skin tumors are malignant.

Benign skin tumors are well-formed and have well-defined shapes. They often lie beneath the skin and move freely there. The dog with benign tumors does not feel any pain. Opposite with that, Malignant tumors definitely grow very fast. They are very difficult to determine the shape and size, (It’s can be ‘knobby’)   and they are easy to bleeding and ulcers.

Signs of Skin Cancer in Dogs

Your dog maybe has many skin slumps, but not all skin slumps are cancer, but you should pay attention to dog’s lumps if you found any lumps. If that slump grows quickly and lead to ulcerated or your dog often licks it or scratch or chew on it. You should take your dog to the vet as soon as possible for a diagnosis.

Some symptoms of a dog in cancer include:
-          Diarrhea  or vomiting
-          Lymph nodes are larger
-          Coughing
-          Lesions of skin or wounds that unable to heal
-          Weakness
-          A loss in weight and appetite


How to detect Skin tumors in dog

If treated early, skin cancer in dogs could be cured with a much chance.  So You should pay attention on your dog, be vigilant and check your dog skin on regularly. A simple way to examine your dog for checking skin tumors is to first make your dog relax as give her a massage. Then, you check the entire body with your fingers, remember, and do not miss her tail. You have to go to veterinarian if detect anything of:
-          Ulcerations, Skim lumps, Lesions or any change in color in the dog skin
-          The unable heal of wounds and lesions
-          Any change in coloration or size of existing lumps
-          The breast tissue were swelled or discharge form a nipple
-          Your dog is always scratching, licking, chewing or biting at a skin patch.

Causes of Skin Cancer in Dogs

Scientist does not know exactly the most cause of canine skin cancers. For squamous cell carcinoma and hemangioma, over-exposure to the sun has been found to be one possible cause.
Some breeds of dogs may also be predisposed to the development of certain dog skin cancers. These breeds include:
-          Boxers
-          Mastiffs
-          Basset hounds
-          Scottish terriers
-          Weimaraners
-          Norwegian elkhounds


Treatment for skin cancer in dogs


Treatments for skin cancer in dogs have many options that depend on where the tumor located the extent and most important is the stage of developed cancer. Treatments option often includes tumor surgical removal, radiation or chemotherapy.

Canine Melanoma Vaccine AND is the best medicine for malignant treatment on dogs. By using this vaccine, we inject a protein into the dog’s body and notice the immune system to the exist of the malignant melanoma.
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