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5k for K-9 Cancer

Canine Cancer Information

American Veterinary Medical Association's Signs of  Cancer

  • Abnormal swelling that persists or continues to grow
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening
  • Bad odor, especially from the mouth
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing
  • Reluctance to exercise or loss of stamina
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating or defecating
  • Change in behavior

More Information

Skin cancers are the most frequently diagnosed tumors in dogs (mast cell tumors account for 23%). Any lump or bump on your pet should be evaluated by your veterinarian. Fine needle aspiration and cytology is a non-invasive test which can be done comfortably on a non-sedated pet and many times will help yield a diagnosis. Mammary tumors are the most common tumors in female dogs. Spaying a dog prior to her first heat cycle will decrease the risk of developing mammary cancer by 7-fold.

Dogs get cancer at the same rate as people. Dogs are living longer so we are seeing more prevalence of cancer. Twenty years ago, most dogs died of trauma from being struck by a car. Our dogs are more home bound now, with leash laws and more urban living, we are more likely keep our dogs indoors. Cancer is the major cause of death in pets greater than 10 years old. 45% of all dogs older than 10 years of age die of cancer.

Cancer is a generic term referring to any disease in which cells in the body divide uncontrollably - these abnormal cells reproduce at a rapid rate and can form into a tumor. Cancer treatment for dogs is much like that for humans. Chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and surgery are the mainstay of treatment; however, the level of side effects seen in pets is significantly reduced as maintaining/improving quality of life is a main component of treatment in pets.

The cause of cancer in pets, just like people, is largely unknown. Genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the development but many times one causative agent cannot be identified though environmental tobacco smoke, pesticides, herbicides and insecticides have been implicated in the development of some forms of cancer.

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e/ 5kk9cancer@otterbein.edu

Teri Walter, Course Instructor
p/ 614.823.3512
e/ twalter@otterbein.edu

Hilary Seif
p/ 614.203.6098
e/ hseif@otterbein.edu

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