Bladder Cancer in Dogs

One of the most prevalent types of bladder cancer dogs fall prey to is known as transitional cell carcinoma.

TCC is a type of malignant tumor that usually grows on the inner wall of the urinary bladder or the urethra. Though it is less common, it may also arise from the urinary tract's muscular wall. Transitional cell carcinoma usually affects the neck of the bladder in the area known as the trigone.

Urine is usually dumped into this area, where this type of dog cancer obstructs the flow. There have also been cases of tumors arising in the upper areas of the bladder; in these situations, it's often much easier to have the tumor removed by surgery.

Fortunately, TCC is extremely rare, accounting for only 0.5 percent of all cases of cancer in dogs.

However, bladder cancer in dog breeds is still a detriment to their health, and it's important to know about the dog first aid treatments available that might help fight the illness.

Like many other types of cancer, the exact causes of the bladder cancer dog breeds may experience are unknown. This is common for illnesses that don't occur very often; their rarity means that not a lot is known about them, from their roots to the steps that must be taken to get rid of them.

However, one thing we do know is that carcinogens (or cancer-causing chemicals) can be present in a dog's urine, and they may induce uncontrolled, tumorous growth in the cells lining the walls of the bladder and urethra. Carcinogens may enter a dog's body via exposure to hazardous materials.

Some insecticides intended to get rid of fleas and ticks may increase a dog's risk of contracting transitional cell carcinoma. Similarly, dogs that are frequently exposed to sprays that are used to kill mosquitoes in marshy, wetland environments may also be at risk of bladder cancer.

While most forms of dog cancer are benign and can usually be removed with ease, the bladder cancer dog breeds are vulnerable to are often life threatening. If it isn't treated in time, transitional cell carcinoma can obstruct the dog's urinary tracts, rendering them unable to urinate.

TCC also runs the risk of spreading to other areas of the body through the process of metastasis, so it's not just the bladder that is put in harm's way when this kind of tumor is present.

As is often the case with such obscure forms of cancer, the tumor has usually reached the metastatic stage by the time a diagnosis is even made, because the biggest dog cancer symptoms tend not to show up until it's too late.

Whether or not the dog survives depends on which part of the bladder the tumor affects, the length of time that the disease has been present, the extent of the illness and what types of dog cancer treatments have been used. Unfortunately, the life expectancy for dog bladder cancer dogs can range anywhere between a year to a few weeks.

Symptoms of TCC include:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Traces of blood in urine
  • Increased frequency of urination, but in considerably smaller amounts
  • Difficulty breathing

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