Cancer in Senior Dogs

cancer in senior dogsFor many, our pets are members of the family.  When they become ill, we do all we can to help them, comfort them and make sure they do not suffer.  With all of the illnesses that our dogs can face, Cancer in senior dogs is one of our biggest concerns.  In fact, Cancer is one the leading causes of death in dogs over 10 years of age.

These days, we have such advanced Veterinary care available to our dogs. Due to vaccines, treatment options, holistic and alternative medicines, as well as better diets and general overall care, we are finding that our pets are living well past 10 years of age.  This is why cancer is becoming more prevalent within our pets.  As they live longer, their risk for cancer rises.   The good news is that in more than half of the cases, Cancer is quite curable if caught early enough.  For this reason, it is so very important for you to know your dog.  You are much more likely to catch any symptoms if you know when something is not right with your dog.

If you take some of these steps, you raise your chances of catching cancer well in advance so the possibility of a cure is much more likely.

Cancer in Senior Dogs – What to look for:

Pet your Pup

Every night spend some time petting your dog.  Rub them all over, checking for anything abnormal.  Not only will you get to know your dog’s body, which will allow you to detect any lumps, bumps or changes, you are spending quality time with them.

Appetite Changes

While cancer is only one reason for appetite loss or gain, it’s a serious one.  Dogs may stop eating when they’re ill but many dogs use food as self medication when they are in pain. Bowel habits will most likely change if your dog is eating less or more as well.

Wound Care

Keep an eye on any sores you may see on your pet.  Are they healing slowly?

Weight Loss

Any sudden change in weight, means something is wrong.  Unless you have put your dog on a diet his weight should not be fluctuating in either direction.


Does your dog suddenly smell bad.  No matter where the odor is coming from, it’s never a good sign and usually signals infections or something else is wrong.

There are several different types of cancer, such as lymphoma or mammary tumors, all of which do go through metastasis much faster in dogs than in humans.  Another reason why you need to catch it early! Be your dog’s best friend and always be diligent about taking note and following up with your veterinarian when you notice any changes.

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