Cancer. It’s a scary word for anyone—but what do you do when your canine companion is diagnosed with this disease? Unfortunately, dog cancer is the number one cause of death in dogs over the age of 10, and approximately 50 percent of canines will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. Luckily, many types of dog cancer are treatable if caught early. That’s why it’s important that you understand the signs and symptoms of cancer in your pet and get a diagnosis early.
If you suspect your dog has cancer or is in need of cancer treatment, call Germantown Vet today at 240-252-7467240-252-7467 to schedule an appointment!
Dog Cancer Symptoms
The warning signs for cancer in your dog are very similar to what you’d look for in people. Some dog cancer symptoms include:
- A lump or bump that isn’t normally there
- A wound that doesn’t heal
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- A lameness or swelling in the bone
- Abnormal bleeding
However, it’s important to note that the symptoms will differ based on the type of cancer your dog has, and sometimes there are little to no warning signs early on. That’s why it’s vitally important that you bring your dog to the vet any time he or she isn’t feeling 100 percent or is acting abnormally.
Dog Cancer Diagnosis
If your dog is exhibiting symptoms of cancer, it’s very important to have this confirmed and diagnosed by a professional veterinarian. Our highly trained and experienced veterinarians at Germantown Vet can do any of the following to accurately diagnose your dog:
- Physical examination
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Cytology – examination of individual cells under a microscope
- Imaging – ultrasounds and x-rays
Contact us today to schedule your dog’s cancer screening.
Dog Cancer Treatment
The cancer treatment that is right for your dog will depend on three things: how advanced the disease is, the type of cancer, and your dog’s age and overall health. Only an experienced veterinarian can determine what the best cancer treatment is for your pet, but some of the options include:
- Photodynamic therapy
- Targeted therapy
Thankfully, many forms of dog cancer can be treated and even cured if they are diagnosed early so treatment can begin.
Schedule Your Dog’s Cancer Screening Today
Whether you feel a bump you’re worried about or your canine friend is acting abnormally, bring your dog in for a cancer screening and diagnosis. The earlier the disease is caught, the better the chances are for your dog’s survival.
Contact us online or by phone at 240-252-7467 to schedule your dog’s cancer treatment today.
About Germantown Vet
Since opening our doors in 1983, Germantown Vet has become the go-to veterinary clinic for pet owners throughout Montgomery County, Maryland. Our state-of-the-art veterinary facility with an in-house laboratory allows us to provide full surgical, dental, ultrasound and even acupuncture services for your pet to ensure all aspects of your pet’s health can be cared for. Your pet’s lab work, x-rays, prescriptions and medical history are available in the patient’s electronic medical record—just like the best human hospitals. When needed, these medical documents are ready to send to other animal specialists or to a new vet in another state if your family is moving. Our veterinarians are available to care for hospitalized patients after hours, and we have a live-in veterinary nurse to check on our patients during the night.