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Did you know that cancer accounts for nearly half the deaths of pets over 10 years of age? Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans.
10 Common Signs of Cancer in Dogs
- Abnormal swellings that persist or continue to grow
- Sores that do no heal
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
- Offensive odor
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Hesitation to exercise
- Persistent lameness
- Difficulty breathing or urinating
Each type of canine cancer requires individual treatement and may include a combination of therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or immunotherapy. Your veterinarian may also recommend dietary changes or other things to help your pet respond to treatment. Some kinds of canine cancer can be cured, others can only be managed to prolong your pet's life and improve their comfort.
Animals today have a better chance of being successfully treated for cancer than ever before thanks to improved diagnostic and treatment methods. Current research will continue to improve the odds. The OSU College of Veterinary Medicine is at the forefront of canine cancer research, some of which will also benefit human cancer treatment.
The oncology unit at the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides state-of-the-art treatment for dogs and cats with cancer. One their many successes is the heart-warming story of Lucky the Golden Retriever, a young dog who recovered from cancer thanks to the dedication and care of veterinary doctors at OSU.