As pet parents, it can be a scary and traumatic experience to have a beloved pet diagnosed with cancer. If your dog has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, or you believe they are suffering from it, this can be a challenging time!
You’re most likely wondering what types of testicular cancer affect dogs, what the signs are, and how it can be treated. We will discuss the answer to all these questions, and also look at which breeds are most commonly affected, as well as other risk factors for this type of cancer.
As a group of professionals and animal lovers, we here at Zumalka are dedicated to helping thousands of people worldwide find the information they need to deal with their pet’s health concerns. We hope to put our 20 years of experience in the industry at work for you!
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer that affects dogs that have not been neutered. Since most dogs are neutered when they are very young, though, this cancer is generally rare.
There are many different types of cancer that can affect the testicles, such as: hemangiomas, granulosa cell tumors, teratomas, sarcomas, and embryonal carcinomas.
There are 3 types of cancer that most commonly affect the testicles, and we will consider in this article: Sertoli cell tumors (affecting cells that help develop sperm), Leydig cell tumors or Interstitial tumors (affecting the cells that secrete testosterone), and Seminomas (affecting cells that produce sperm).
Thankfully, most testicular tumors are benign, meaning they are not cancerous and they don’t metastasize, or spread, to other areas of the body. That means if you find a lump on your dog’s testicles, it doesn’t always mean cancer!
What Are The Causes of Testicular Cancer In Dogs?
While it’s difficult to determine any singular cause for testicular cancer, there are certain factors that increase the risk of developing this cancer. Dogs that are not neutered are much more likely to develop testicular cancer, as well as certain breeds, such as German Shepherds, Boxers, and Afghan Hounds.
If your dog has undescended testicles (one or both testicles are in the abdomen instead of descending into the scrotum), this increases his risk of developing Leydig cell tumors. In fact, tumors that develop in undescended testicles are much more likely to be malignant, or cancerous.
What Are The Signs of Testicular Cancer In Dogs?
While many dogs don’t show any specific symptoms, some signs of testicular cancer in dogs are: a lump or swelling of your dog’s testicles, unevenly sized testicles, and pain in the groin.
Sertoli cell tumors can sometimes produce an excessive amount of estrogen, a female hormone. Because of this, sometimes dogs with this type of testicular tumor can show signs such as: decreased sex drive, decrease in testicle size, growth of mammary glands, and darkening of the skin.
How to Treat Testicular Cancer in Dogs
It’s reassuring to know that the outlook for dogs diagnosed with testicular cancer is generally good! The primary treatment your vet might suggest is to neuter your pup (removal of the testicles).
Although it’s rare for testicular tumors to spread (less than 15% of these tumors spread to other areas), if your vet notices signs that the cancer has spread, he/she might recommend chemotherapy and/or radiation as well.
If you’re faced with the decision of what treatment options to pursue, I know that can be a very difficult and challenging decision! Of course, you have lots of information to carefully consider, as well as your dog’s specific circumstances.
No matter what treatment you choose to pursue, we here at Zumalka are pet lovers and pet advocates, who want the best for your pet, just like you do!
We are committed to providing natural products that support your dog to face a variety of health concerns, including cancer. We have used our years of expertise and knowledge to create PIPTOPET, a natural product specially designed to optimize your pup health during cancer!
This product can be used not only when cancer is present, but also to use before cancer is present or for future occurrences of cancer as well!
You can have peace of mind knowing that Piptopet can be used on its own for short and long term use, and in addition with other treatment options, such as chemotherapy.
If you have yet to make a decision on products; I invite you to call, chat or email us if you have any questions or concerns, or fill out our Free Consultation form. We will always be happy to help you in any way we can, making sure you can make an informed decision about your pet’s health!
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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.