Dog Metastatic Neoplasia
Dog Metastatic Neoplasia
This particular type of Dog Cancer is one that has spread from another part of the body. Many tumors metastasize to a dog’s lymph nodes and lungs. Metastasis can actually occur in any organ of a dog’s body.
The metastasis is usually spread through the lymphatic system or the blood. The prognosis will depend on the location of the primary tumor and where in the body metastasized to.
Signs and Symptoms
Your dog should be observed for any changes in their normal activity or health. Early diagnosis is always important, but especially important with cancer.
• Persistent Dog Coughs
• Dog Cancer Lumps either on or under the skin
• Any changes in behavior
If any of these symptoms persist, contact your vet.
An accurate diagnosis of metastatic cancer is dependent on locating the primary tumor and also finding evidence of metastasis to other parts of the body.
An accurate health history is always important. Your vet will perform an extensive physical examination. This will be followed by lab tests and x-rays of the abdomen and other affected parts of the body.
Your veterinarian may also choose to perform either a fine needle aspiration or a biopsy. It will depend on the location of the mass and the affect on your dog.
Although Dog Cancer Chemotherapy and surgery are sometimes successful in treating cancers, once they have metastasized, the prognosis is poor at best. Metastasized cancers respond poorly to chemotherapy and surgery cannot be done if the disease has metastasized to other organs.
The only treatment that you may choose is fluid therapy, supplementing their diet with vitamins and minerals and treatment of infections that may arise. Cancer is painful. Your vet will order pain medication and it should be administered as frequently as your vet orders it. Dog Pain can result from the disease process itself as well as the surgical treatment or chemotherapy. Try to keep your dog comfortable by following Dog Palliative Cancer Care guidelines.
Nutritional care is vital. Weight loss and loss of appetite need to be supplemented to maintain your dog’s comfort and energy status. Keep your dog well-fed.
All of the prescribed medication needs to be given. These can include antibiotics, pain medication as well as Dog Cancer Dietary Supplements.
Observe your dog for an increase in symptoms, such as lethargy and lack of appetite. If any of the signs of the original disease become worse, it is time to call your vet and take action.
Metastatic disease is difficult if not impossible, to prevent.
Early diagnosis helps and that will depend on early recognition. It is important for the dog owner to observe and note any changes in their dog’s condition. If weight loss continues after a few weeks, or if there are new lumps on the skin or under the skin, it is time to call your vet for a complete physical examination.
While these steps may not prevent cancer, early diagnosis can slow down progression of the disease and metastasis.
Additional Dog Cancer Pages
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