From Pet Health Learning Center
The rise in various Dog Cancers in canines in the United States is alarming and one type in particular has pet owners wondering how this is happening and what can be done about it. At a recent National Veterinarian's Convention, this was a hot topic and led to some of the researchers in the group to take a closer look at Canine Chondrosarcoma. It was found that there are more incidences of this type of cancer in dogs that are older, usually around the age of 12. This type of cancer is accountable for about ten percent of all the cancers that affect canines.
Signs and Symptoms
This type of cancer creates tumors that develop in the soft cartilage tissue that connects the bones of the skeletal structure together. These tumors are often found developing in the nasal cavities, along the rib cage and in the pelvic area of canines. The breed of canines that are most often afflicted with this type of cancer is the German Shepherd Dog. Fortunately, this type of cancer will not cause your pet pain.
There are a variety of symptoms to the condition and the different symptoms will depend on the location of the tumor. The nasal cavity is often blocked up with a tumor that causes Dog Sneezing and discharge from the nose. There may also be Dog Difficulty Breathing as well. Some of the symptoms will be very apparent, such as a tumor that develops along the ribs. The tumor will often be located where the ribs are conjoined.
Canine Chondrosarcoma Treatment
Surgery is used to take out the tumors. Other methods such as radiation are often used in combination with surgical procedures. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy are also being aggressively researched.
There are many therapies for this type of cancer and the prognosis is very good when the cancer can be caught in the earlier stages. Watching and knowing your pet's normal behavior pattern is one way to catch this type of symptom early on. When anything unusual is noticed talk to your vet and schedule an appointment for your pet to be seen.
Your beloved pet can survive for quite a while after this type of cancer is found and treated. The general estimation of prolonging the life of your pet is from one to three years when your pet is treated for the Canine Chondrosarcoma.
It is a tough decision to make when it comes to the medical bills that can be added up quickly when our pets are afflicted with conditions that require surgical procedures or even chemotherapies. The weight of the quality of life and quantity of life versus the cost needs to be carefully thought about. Most vets will set up a payment plan to enable pet owners the ability to elect for the surgical and other medical procedures that might need to be taken in order to treat the cancer. No loving pet owner wants their pet to suffer unnecessarily. Make a mature decision based on what is best for your pet, even it that decision is a painful one.