It doesn’t take a veterinarian or animal expert to know that cancer, any type of cancer, hinders your dog’s optimum performance. It could be dog sports competitions, professional dog shows, or just plain having fun with you and your family. A healthy dog walks, runs, chases, cuddles, and frolics without any discomfort or pain, and that is possible only because he or she is happy and free from sickness or debilitating disease. A dog with Bone Cancer, however, could appear lame or crippled as a result of this painful, unforgiving illness.
What is Dog Bone Cancer?
Bone Cancer is also known by the term Osteosarcoma. These are tumors that commonly affect the limbs of giant dog breeds. To a lesser percentage, it affects the skull, ribs, vertebrae and pelvis of smaller breeds. Bone Cancer tumors are deemed highly aggressive. They invade and destroy normal cells aggressively, and in some cases, they metastasize, meaning they travel to other organs in the body through the bloodstream, over far distances.
While bone cancer constitutes only 5% of all canine tumor incidences, a staggering 80-90% of malignant cancer cases include the bone. What’s more alarming is, this sort of cancer requires the amputation of the affected area, together with chemotherapy (which only gives temporary relief to the suffering pet).
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