Bone Cancer in Dogs
Bone cancer, or osteosarcoma, is a common but often deadly type of cancer that can appear in dogs. This is a very aggressive condition that can quickly spread and cause other health issues. If not caught in the earliest stages, bone cancer in dogs can easily be fatal.
This disease leads to abnormal, malignant growth of immature bone cells, and can cause your beloved pet to experience pain, swelling, weakness, and other symptoms in their bones and internal organs.
That said, there is reason for optimism - although surgery will often result in the removal of the limb with the tumor, it may also save your dog's life.
Signs of Bone Cancer in Dogs
If you see signs of bone cancer in your dog, schedule an appointment with a veterinarian experienced in internal medicine as soon as possible. He or she will be able to officially diagnose the disease and may propose a suitable treatment plan. Your primary care veterinarian may also refer you to a veterinary oncologist who has specialized training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of pets with cancer.
Osteosarcoma is a severely serious disease, but the symptoms are so subtle you may not recognize them right away, especially in the condition's early stages. Bone cancer typically develops in the front legs, but the bones, ribs, vertebrae, facial bones, jaw, and rear legs may all be affected.
Signs and symptoms of bone cancer in dogs may include one or more of the following.
- Swelling in the jaws, legs, ribs, or spine
- Respiratory distress
- Problems eating or loss of appetite
- Weakness or lethargy
- Discharge from the nostrils
- Lameness or limping
When to visit your vet if you suspect your dog has bone cancer
Bone cancer is always very serious regardless of where it shows up in your dog's body because it can spread to other organs and cause fatal conditions such as loss of appetite and respiratory distress.
Keeping a close eye on your dog's health is critical to spotting potentially life-threatening disorders or diseases in their early stages. Book an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible if you see any of the symptoms listed above, even if they appear subtly. You may just give your dog a chance at surviving.
Prognosis & Treatment of Bone Cancer in Dogs
There are many factors that will determine the prognosis, quality of life, and survival rates for dogs who have been diagnosed with bone cancer. If it is caught early, your pet may achieve a better outcome.
Our vets will take time to examine your dog and provide a prognosis based on their unique requirements and situation, then develop a customized treatment plan customized to directly address their condition.
Dogs who are treated for bone cancer may survive for anywhere from another 1 to 6 years.
Nonetheless, a bone cancer diagnosis is a difficult journey for both the dog and their owner. Sadly, this condition is often fatal even with surgery and therapy. Successful treatment can also depend on the location of the tumor - if close to a vital organ or artery, prognosis is not good.
Scientific discoveries continually reveal new procedures and therapies, and your vet can review any developments that could be successful for your dog.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.