Dog bladder cancer can be considered very dangerous, as symptoms do not always show right away.
Bladder cancer symptoms have been known to show three to six months after it's been developed in your pet's body. Whenever your pet starts to show signs of a bladder infection, it could be Bladder Cancer instead. Studies have shown that dog bladder cancer is very rare and is is only in about 1% of all dogs.
The most common form of bladder cancer is from a tiny cell called TCC (transitional cell carcinoma). This cell plants itself deep on to the bladder wall and starts to become a tumor. It usually starts around the trigone area, which is the neck of the bladder. When urine is passed into the bladder, it reaches the trigone area first. When the tumor rests there, this can be problematic for urine flow.
Although TCC is commonly found in the bladder, doctors and surgeons have seen it in the kidneys, prostate, urethra, and ureters. It has also been able to filter through other organs of the body such as the Liver and lungs. TCC can also affect the lymph nodes as well.
It is interesting to know that this cell is almost exactly like the very invasive and higher level bladder cancer found in people.
There are increase risk factors to dogs getting bladder cancer when they are exposed to pesticides and other herbicides. It has also been noted that second hand smoke can help develop dog bladder cancer. Other lawn chemicals can also increase the chances of your pet getting this type of cancer. Although not proven, some think that flea & tick drops and shampoos might also have a factor.
Genetics are also taken into consideration, mostly because there are a high number of bladder cancer incidences in Terrier breeds. If you so happen to own a terrier, they are about 18 times more likely to get this type of Dog Cancer than any other breed.
It is important that you do regular check ups in this area. Beagles and sheepdogs are 4 times more likely than other breeds.
As mentioned earlier, common bladder Dog Cancer Symptoms are very similar to that of a urinary tract infection. Your dog can begin peeing out blood.
You can also see that his pee is slightly brown as oppose to the traditional yellow color. He also tries to pee frequently and often times very little. Your pet might express pain when trying to relive himself as well.
If the stages are treatable, surgery is often admitted if surgery did not fix the problem or if the stages are too advanced, then chemotherapy would be the next option. Sometimes anti-inflammatory drugs are used to reduce the pain on the pet and get him comfortable while he is being treated.
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