Canine Osteosarcoma: The Dreaded Disease
Dog bone cancer, also called osteosarcoma, is a very serious condition that can be fatal.
Osteosarcoma is very aggressive.
Osteosarcoma begins in the bones and spreads to the lungs, brain, or any number of other vital organs.
The most common starting point for bone cancer is the leg, particularly the larger leg bones.
Osteosarcoma starts in the leg 82% of the time.
The cancer then often progresses to soft tissue areas or to other bones like the mandible (jaw), spinal cord, skull or pelvis.
Dogs experience pain as a result of these tumors.
Signs of Bone Cancer
Pain, a major symptom of bone cancer, can be a sign that something is wrong.
A dog with a tumor in the leg will develop a limp that comes on very slowly over a period of weeks.
Dogs with Cranial Osteosarcoma may have mental issues or defects.
A tumor in the jaw can cause trouble chewing, while a tumor in the spine can cause trouble walking or breathing.
A pelvic tumor may lead to the dog having trouble using the restroom as the tumor may be blocking the feces from being excreted.
Prognosis for Dogs with Bone Cancer
The prognosis for dogs with bone cancer varies depending on the type, grade, and stage.
Untreated, dogs with bone cancer have a life expectancy of 1-4 months, however, there are several treatment options that can prolong a dog’s life span.
Amputation combined with other treatments can allow a dog to live for 1-2 years longer than if untreated.
If your dog has bone cancer, you will also need to make changes in his diet.
A good dog bone cancer diet can be found in the Dog Cancer Diet, a special report from the makers of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide.
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