Dog Multiple Myeloma
Dog Multiple Myeloma
Dogs and humans share very few if any characteristics; one thing they do share however is the possibility of contracting various forms of cancer. Multiple Myeloma in dogs is the same disease that people can develop as well. This type of Dog Cancer is considered non-curable in humans but remission in dogs is fairly high at 48% of treated dogs.
Diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma
Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells. When these cells become cancerous, they produce many other plasma cells resulting in a tumor, which then in turn begins releasing antibodies into the dog’s body. Tumors will begin cropping up in multiple bone marrow sites, hence the name Multiple Myeloma. It is the production of antibodies, most commonly imunoglobin, that cause most of the clinical symptoms you will see with this disease in dogs.
Signs and Symptoms
Most of the time multiple myeloma will not develop in dogs that are younger than eight years of age and the breed that is the most prone to this disease is the German Shepherd Dog. Some diseases are more prevalent in one gender or another, which is the usual case for human beings; however, dogs show no such distinction. The initial signs of the disease in dogs are as follows:
•Eye problems or sudden Dog Blindness
•Detached retina, Dog Blindness
In addition to these signs of multiple myeloma in dogs, you may also notice your dog experiencing Dog Weight Loss, Dog Vomiting, Dog Diarrhea or simply not acting “right”. This may also be evident via a change in their personality. Dogs are somewhat like children when it comes to determining an illness, if you think something is wrong, contact your medical professional as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
As you can see, multiple myeloma is a serious disease with varied expectations depending on the age and initial health of the dog. Dogs tend to respond very well to treatment with nearly half going into full remission. If you suspect your dog may have multiple myeloma it is best to see your veterinarian quickly, because as with any medical problem the sooner you intervene the better chance that your dog has for survival.
It is also best to understand proper Dog Palliative Cancer Care so that you may take proper care of your dog at home to aid in either their recovery or to help increase the quality of their end of life.
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