If your dog is suffering from breast cancer, my heart goes out to you. There is nothing easy about receiving and coping with such a challenging diagnosis, and you’re most likely anxious and have many questions.
What is breast cancer (otherwise known as mammary cancer) in dogs, and what are the symptoms? What happens if there is a dog mammary tumor rupture? What is the life expectancy, and are there any dog mammary tumor natural treatments available?
This article is here to answer all of these questions, and provide you with all the necessary information about breast cancer in dogs.
Here at Zumalka, we are a group of animal lovers and animal advocates who have worked hard for over 20 years using our expertise, knowledge, and passion to help thousands of pet parents around the world navigate their pet’s health concerns.
Breast cancer in dogs is sometimes referred to as mammary cancer. This is because it refers to a type of tumor that affects the breast tissue (or mammary glands) in dogs.
If you found a lump on your dog’s breast area, it doesn’t automatically mean it’s cancerous, though! These mammary tumors, like all tumors, can be either malignant (cancerous) or benign (non cancerous), and approximately 50% of mammary tumors in dogs are not cancer.
Breast cancer in dogs is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in middle-aged and older females, especially those who are not spayed. In fact, female dogs that have not been spayed are up to 52 times more likely to develop a mammary tumor than those who were spayed before 6 months!
Of course, while breast cancer affects female dogs much more commonly, male dogs can and do get diagnosed with this cancer as well. Poodles, Daschunds, and Spaniels are the breeds that are most at risk for developing mammary cancer.
There is also a correlation between increased chances of breast cancer and obesity at a young age.
What Are The Signs of Breast Cancer In Dogs?
Generally, most pet parents will first recognize signs of a mammary tumor when they see or feel a lump under the skin of the abdomen.
There are other signs of breast cancer in dogs that you should be aware of too, such as:
Swollen and painful breasts
Decreased appetite and weight loss
Lethargy or weakness
Sometimes, the symptoms can be more severe if there is leaking or a rupture of the mammary tumor(s).
Dog Mammary Tumor Leaking
It’s possible for the mammary gland skin that is covering the tumor to turn into an ulcer. That means that it opens and creates a painful sore on the skin. If that happens, you might notice bleeding, or other discharge coming from the area.
Leaking mammary tumor in dogs
In even more severe cases, the masses can grow to a very large size. The skin weakened and put under tension by the tumor can then rupture. Breast tumor ruptures in dogs are quite rare, but it is a possible complication. It is therefore important to keep an eye on the masses of your animals. Some animals will be recommended for mass removal surgery by their veterinarian, to avoid going to the rupture of this one.
Breast Cancer In Dogs: Life Expectancy
As a loving dog parent, when you hear this diagnostic, your first question might be "What is dog mammary cancer life expectancy?". The lifespan of dog with mammary cancer depends on the size, severity, and spread of the tumors. Generally speaking, dogs diagnosed with breast cancer live for 9-12 months, or up to 24 months if the tumor is small and hasn’t spread to other body areas.
The biggest concern for dogs diagnosed with breast cancer is recurrence of the tumor, with there being a 24-90% chance of recurrence, depending on how advanced the tumor is.
Treatment of Breast Cancer in Dogs
A lot depends on your pup’s specific circumstances, but your vet may recommend surgery and/or chemotherapy as treatment options.
When faced with such a large and challenging decision, it can be difficult to know what to choose - there are many emotions involved, and lots of information that needs to be carefully considered.
Many dog parent are looking for a dog mammary tumor natural treatment.
No matter what treatment option you decide to pursue, I know you are always looking for the best for your pet - and so are we!
Here at Zumalka, we are committed to providing natural products tu support your pet during a variety of health concerns, including cancer. That is why we have put together our years of expertise and knowledge to create PIPTOPET, a natural product made with medicinal mushroom specially designed for pup who's fighting cancer!
No matter how you choose to treat your pet, you can have peace of mind knowing that Piptopet natural and can be used on its own for short and long term use, and in addition with other treatment options, such as chemotherapy.
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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE THERAPIST
Denyse Lessard is a therapist in alternative medicine.
She has an extensive educational background and has earned multiple degrees, including diplomas in Chinese medicine, Reflexology, Naturopathy & Iridology, and Homeopathy. She is also a member of the Association of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Quebec, and the Professional Union of Homeopaths of Quebec.
When working with her patients, Denyse believes in not only helping pets achieve optimum health, but keeping them in tip-top shape for their entire lives.