We are easily able to recognize certain dog cancers as technology becomes more and more advanced, and figure out how we can either prevent or cure them before they threaten your dog's life. However, many dogs will still die of cancer.
The Morris Animal Foundation reported that 1 in 4 dogs would die of cancer. It is very common for dogs over the age of 10 to die from cancer as well – at least 50% of them will.
Dog cancers seem to appear more in the golden retrievers, greyhound and boxer dogs, than any other dog breeds.
This is mostly because these breeds suffer from bone cancer or osteosarcoma. Some types of canine cancer can also be passed down to breeds genetically and it can take several generations to finally weed out these 'bad' genes.
Some of these genes are still unknown and many scientists have not found the link between them and cancer just yet.
There are still a lot of researchers and scientists trying to figure out the genetic vs environment factors in cancer.
Though, as there are many veterinarians that have seen a higher increases in canine cancers in those breeds mentioned above, it can only be suggested that these breeds are experiencing genetic cancers and not environment.
This could be because there is a higher chance of inbreeding in purebred dogs.
As many know, inbreeding breaks down the quality of genes and is more likely to make these dogs weaker and susceptible to dog diseases. When dogs are bred with closely related members of the same breed, this is more likely to happen.
Mixed dogs come for a much larger gene pool and, when they get cancer, this could mean that this is due to an environment factor more so than a gene factor.
Through all of this it is still unclear as to how or why dogs get cancer. There is no set black or white answer to these dog health problems. There is still a high chance mixed dogs can get genetic cancers, not only closely related purebred dogs.
It greatly depends on the cancer, but when looking out for canine cancer symptoms it is crucial to look out for any sort of bump or lump in the skin. These bumps can be extremely hard to the touch or soft and squishy. Wounds that never seem to heal are also a good indicator that something is wrong.
If your dog changes his movements or starts to walk a little bit funny, it is considered another symptom. You can also find dogs with enlarged lymph nodes. You can spot these either behind the dog's knees or in front of their shoulders. There are a lot of lymph nodes in the throat as well.
Whenever you suspect your dog might have these symptoms, it is also best to visit your veterinarian.
It is often recommended that you check with your vet first before you start figuring out a dog first aid solution.