The mere thought of cancer infection either in dogs or human beings strikes fear and sorrow in the hearts of those concerned, but cancer is no longer a death sentence and signs of cancer in dogs can provide early warnings that can greatly increase the chances of survival for the dog.
Cancer is as a result of uncontrolled cell growth which may either be localized or spread to other parts of the body thereby reducing the chances of survival both in humans and pets.
Cancer can affect any part of a dog’s body with the exception of the nails, hair and teeth. The ability to notice the signs of cancer in dogs depends on the location and the type of cancer, for instance unusual bumps and lumps are easily noticeable signs of skin cancer in dogs and probably sores that refuse to heal.
On the other hand internal cancerous growths are a lot more difficult to notice at early stages until other symptoms that are as a result of the cancerous growth begins to show up in the dog.
Some of the known causes of cancer in dogs
Very little is known about the causes of canine cancer and this grey area makes cancer prevention quite challenging. However there are some known causes of canine cancer and with the increasing incidence of canine cancer it is almost mandatory that every dog owners should be aware of the cause of canine cancer which will help in the prevention of certain types of canine cancer.
Statistical analysis of the data that have been gathered over the past many years on cancer in dogs has enabled us to identify certain factors that cause cancer in dogs such as:
Toxins and chemicals: the environment in which our dogs live in plays a significant role in health. Household cleaning products may contain chemicals and toxins that dogs are more vulnerable to than humans, for one thing dogs have their noses closer to the ground than humans so if toxic cleaning substances are used in cleaning the floors then the dog will likely be the first to be negatively impacted.
Food: it is no secrets to dog owners and vets that one of the greatest dangers to the health of dogs is the quality of food that are fed with. At the top of the list of the sources of these unhealthy dog foods is the commercial pet food industry which is guilty of putting its own pecuniary benefit way ahead of the health of the animals. To guarantee the health of your dog and prevent food related malignant tumors dog owners should take food control of goes into the guts of their furry friend by learning how to prepared homemade dog food either cooked or raw.
Vaccines: Canine cancers have been linked to vaccination and this clearly has to do with the component of the vaccine. Tumors have sometimes developed at the site of vaccination as a result of repeated vaccination at the same site year in year out. So while vaccination is important every pet owner should exercise some caution at the frequency with which their pet is vaccinated.
Environmental factors: known carcinogens such as ultraviolet radiation from the sun due to excessive exposure and chemical carcinogens such as pesticides used in farming, herbicides, insecticides and tobacco inhalation are all known to directly contribute to the development of tumor in dogs.
Some carcinogenic substances have also been identified such as asbestos, benzene, vinyl chloride, uranium, radon, cadmium, and nickel.
Genetics: the genes certainly play a role in some breed predisposition to some specific type of cancer for instance giant breeds are more likely to develop bone cancer and some specific breeds such as the golden retriever and the German shepherd are at a higher risk of lymphoma.