If you are a pet guardian and animal lover you know how painful it would be to see your best friend and most faithful of animals , your dog ,suffering from a disease such as cancer.

Cancer in dogs is prevalent as cancer in people but the good news is more information is becoming available to pet guardians.

It is important that you learn as much as you can about this disease so you know how to help your beloved dog and that you don’t feel helpless. It is also important that you monitor her and keep an eye on every change that takes place in her behavior. Diagnosis and treatment at the early stages is critical for a better chance of your pet to beat cancer.

The Signs of cancer in dogs:
There are certain symptoms that point out that your pet is suffering and is not well .

Here is a set of 7 common signs of cancer to check it out at it first stage.

(a) If there are swellings that do not look natural and grow continuously.
(b) When they have sores they do not seem to heal.
(c) If there is weight loss.
(d) They have difficulty in swallowing and lose their appetite.
(e) They bleed if there are minor cuts and smell badly even if you keep them clean.
(f) Breathing problems along with difficulty in defecation and urination are noticed
(g) If there is limping or stiffness in legs and avoidance of exercises that they love doing.

There are various kinds of cancers that afflict dogs like skin cancer, mammary glands infection, cancer in the alimentary system or lymphatic areas or the reproductive system. They are either malignant or benign.

There are however treatments for all infections but if detected at the onset of the disease. In most cases however, the deadly disease can be growing and destroying healthy tissue without showing any outward signs. If cancer in your dog is detected at an advanced stage often there is not much that the vet can do.

The treatments for cancer in dogs are making great strides and there are quite a few remedies that are effective in the cure of the disease.

The very first thing that you need to do is take your pet to the experienced veterinarian who will can decide which treatment will be suitable for the particular type of cancer.

Surgery is advised in most benign cancers along with other continuous treatments that include cryosurgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hyperthermia. The most recent one that is being done for osteosarcoma is gene therapy.

Whatever treatment is to be done must be decided after a thorough investigation of the condition of the dog and whether she can withstand the therapies or not.

Some are very painful while others have side effects. Radiotherapy however does not have the awful effects on dogs as it has on humans. All details must be considered well before beginning the therapies for dogs afflicted with cancer.

If the disease is at an early stage, then with the advice of the vet you can start on a good holistic or natural therapy such as feeding her with animal based omega oils 3,6 and 9.

A high protein diet with minimum sugars and low fat, fresh vegetables and fruits without glycemic index can be given.

There are also natural remedies  and products to help fight cancer and boost your dog’s immune system.

It is also a good idea to remove all insecticides or chemicals from the house and make it as toxic free.
Toxins can stress and weaken your dog’s immune system. You want to keep your pet as strong as possible to fight this dreaded disease of cancer.

And last but not the least is the love and care that is very essential for the healing of cancer in dogs. Keep them as happy as possible and continue with all their regular favorite routines of playing and grooming and all the things they enjoy in the daily life of a dog.

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