Cancer is not limited to humans, and it has become a leading cause of death in dogs. Preventative care and early detection and treatment from Woodside Animal Hospital can go far in increasing the chances of recovery. Our Royal Oak veterinarian, Dr. John Simon, believes in and practices integrative veterinary medicine, which combines traditional veterinary care with holistic medicine to provide the most effective treatment for cancer in dogs as well as a number of other conditions. Using this approach helps alleviate pain and other symptoms while, at the same time, treating the underlying cause.
Signs of cancer include loss of stamina, decreased appetite, weight loss, anemia, swollen abdomen, vomiting, blood in stool or urine, sores that do not heal and limping dogs. The more observant you are regarding your pet’s appearance and behavior the better the chance of catching cancer in its early stages.
Most dogs that are lame and painful are not suffering from cancer, however limping dogs that have a tender swellling at the end of a long bone are highly suspicious for a type of malignant tumor known as an osteosarcoma.
Dogs with cancer may also have a strong, notable odor, bleeding or discharge from any bodily orifice,and trouble breathing or releaving themselves. Upon noting any of the above symptoms, immediately schedule a diagnostic exam with your veterinarian . X-rays, blood screens, urinalysis, and a tissue biopsy will help to further define the problem and identify the type of cancer, if it is present.
If cancer is indeed the diagnosis, Dr. Simon can tailor a traditional and holistic cancer treatment plan that will be the most effective for your dog’s situation. Depending on the stage and type of cancer, options may include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, using heat or cold therapy, cryotherapy or immunotherapy. He will also suggest changes in your pet’s diet and lifestyle to help support the immune system, detoxify the liver, increase the number of antioxidants and enhance GI tract function.