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Dog Lung Cancer

Veterinarian Reviewed on November 23, 2012 by Dr. Janice Huntingford

Dog Lung Cancer

There are many diseases that your dog can get and some of these can be very serious as well as fatal. It is, therefore, quite essential that you have regular veterinary checkups for your dog. These will be able to allow the vet to find any serious diseases and then find a treatment for them. Lung cancer is just one disease that, although is very rare in dogs, can be treated if found in the early stages.

Dog lung cancer explained

The lungs are vital organs in your dog’s body and their main function is to transport the oxygen into your dog’s bloodstream. Unfortunately, lung cancer does spread quite rapidly and will spread to the central nervous system very easily and quickly. Although lung cancer is not that common it can spread too easily and this is often the fatal reason for a dog’s untimely death.

Symptoms of lung cancer

In the early stages of lung cancer there are normally no symptoms and this is why the disease goes undetected for so long. As the disease progresses your dog will excessively pant and will seem to be constantly short of breath. As the cancer begins to spread, your dog will begin to show signs of Dog Weight Loss and will also experience a Dog Loss of Appetite. The areas that the cancer has spread to will begin to suffer and deteriorate and this is often when dog owners finally realize their dog is unwell.

Treatment of the cancer

If you are lucky enough to find the cancer in the early stages then your vet will be able to treat your dog effectively. This will be through surgery so your dog will need to be fit and well and young enough to have a good chance of surviving the procedure. The vet will remove the single mass from the lungs and then chemotherapy or radiation treatment is then used to ensure all of the cancer is stopped. Aftercare will need to be given to your dog and in many cases they will make a full recovery.


If the cancer is found early enough then the likely hood of your dog making a full recovery is very high. The recovery rate does depend on many factors including how advanced the cancer was and how healthy your dog is. If you take your dog to the vet regularly then it is more likely that you will find problems out before they get too bad. The quicker you can have them diagnosed the better chance you are giving your dog of survival.

Ways to help your dog

Ensuring that your dog leads a very healthy lifestyle and has a good Dog Diet will help them to combat diseases and boost their immune system. You should also ensure that they have regular exercise and that you take them to a vet as soon as you become concerned about their health. Your dog will try to tell you in their own unique way that they are unwell and you need to read these signs. Your dog relies on you to care for them and ensure that they have a good and comfortable life.

Suggested Products

Respiratory Aid for Dogs
ES Clear for Dog Cancer Support
Cancer Support Kit for Dogs
Nu-Pet Vitamin and Anti-Oxidant Wafers for Dogs

Additional Dog Cancer Pages

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Dr. Janice Huntingford
Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan

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