Dogs are no more immune to mammary cancer than humans are to breast cancer. Do you suspect that your canine friend might have a tumor in her mammary gland? According to AbcNews.com, about half the mammary tumors that dogs develop are noncancerous, which is similar to the ratio of nonmalignant tumors women find in their breasts.
Sores and Swelling
Can you see any abnormal marks on your dog’s body, especially near the mammary glands? If there are swellings that don’t go away and continue to grow, your dog might have a tumor in her breast tissue. Also, if you have noticed sores in or around this area that do not heal, you might try booking an appointment with your veterinarian.
Bleeding or Discharge
If there is bleeding or any type of discharge, you will want to get it checked out. The discharge may not necessarily be coming from the mammary area, but from any body opening. This is just another sign that there could be something wrong with your dog.
Stiffness and Loss of Stamina
Does she seem to be stiff or sore? Loss of stamina and stiffness are two more symptoms of cancer or another illness. If your pet has any of these symptoms, you should definitely check in with her veterinarian.
Loss of Appetite, Difficulty Eating, and Weight Loss
Loss of appetite, difficulty eating, weight loss: These are just three more signs that your beloved pet either has a tumor or is in a more advanced stage of cancer. Does she refuse to eat, or have difficulty eating? Perhaps she has lost her appetite. Sudden weight loss is an indicator that your doggy hasn’t been eating and might have a mammary tumor.
Difficulty Breathing, Urinating, and Defecating
Does your pup have difficulty breathing? Bring her to the veterinary clinic immediately. She could have cancer, a respiratory disease, or any other illness. Have you noticed that your dog hasn’t been urinating or defecating as usual? If so, there could be a serious underlying problem.
Cancer is the Number One natural cause of death in older pets; if you think your dog might have a mammary tumor, please consult with your veterinarian immediately. Owners of older pets should watch for the previously discussed symptoms of canine mammary cancer. The longer you wait, the smaller chance your pet has of survival.
Dogs, Cats Not Immune to Breast Cancer, Abc.com
Mammary Tumors (Cancer) in Dogs, PetEducation.com
**Note: This author does not claim to be a veterinary professional, and this article is not intended to be used in place of professional medical advice. If your pet is displaying symptoms of a tumor or illness, please consult with your veterinary clinic immediately.