Discovering that your dog has a mysterious lump and bump under his skin leads pet owners to immediately think about dog tumor. Before you jump to any conclusions about your pet’s health, it’s important to know that there are other reasons why skin lumps occur, such as dog skin allergies or sebaceous cysts. You can read Pet Transfusion other articles to know more about the latest pet health-related news.
If you think that your dog may have dog tumors, you should take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible so that a sample can be taken of the lump. This sample will then be used to diagnose whether any lumps are dog tumors, and also what kind of tumor it may be. Dog tumors of the skin are quite common as they account for 50% of all tumors. 40% of all these types of tumors are malignant (cancerous) and 60% of them are benign.
Other areas where dog tumors commonly occur are:
- Mammary glands
- Lymph nodes
- Alimentary system
- Reproductive organs
If your dog has a benign tumor, then you may very well choose to simply let it be, and keep an eye on it to ensure that it doesn’t grow. You can opt to have your veterinarian remove this tumor if you’d like.
Malignant dog tumors are the type that are a cause for concern. These tumors are cancerous, and should be removed if at all possible. Malignant tumors are treated based on where the tumor is originating from. Skin dog tumors are treated differently than stomach-related tumors, which are treated differently than liver-related tumors, and so on and so on.
The treatment for malignant tumors is similar to what we as humans undergo if we have a malignant tumor. You have the option of removing the tumor, and then choosing if you want your dog to undergo any form of chemotherapy to stop the continual growth of any cancerous cells. It’s a difficult choice to have chemotherapy treatments for your pet. Not only is it expensive (it can range any where from $300 to $1000 per treatment), but it must be done approximately once a month and can leave your dog feeling extremely ill for up to a week. Many types of malignant dog tumors are also not easily curable (such as bone cancer), and so chemotherapy may only prolong the duration of the dog’s life rather than cure the cancer.