Today’s article will highlight the differences between benign and malignant tumors as well as explain the different types of benign tumors.

What is a Dog Tumor?

Cancer is characterized by the body producing an unhealthy amount of cells and damaged DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).  These cells develop rapidly and the immune system fails to regulate or stop their growth.  As the cells reproduce, they form a mass, typically called a tumor.  The tumor is then classified as benign or malignant based upon its capability to spread to other parts of the body.  A benign tumor is mostly harmless and will not spread.  A malignant tumor is harmful and can metastasize, which means to spread via the bloodstream or lymphatic system, to other parts of the body.

Should you spot or feel a tumor, contact your veterinarian to get a microscopic examination of the growth, known as a biopsy.  This test will help in determining the treatment path.

Examples of Benign Dog Tumors:

  • Cysts – Can occur all over the dog’s body.
  • Hematomas – Pocket of blood beneath the skin caused by a contusion.
  • Histiocytomas – Tumors that appear on the face, feet, and ears of younger dogs.
  • Lipomas – Common in overweight female dogs and are typically painless.
  • Papillomas – Similar to skin tags.
  • Perianal Gland Tumors – Common in male dogs.
  • Sebaceous cysts – Lumps that are filled with dead skin or hair.
  • Warts – Often found in older dogs.

It is best to have a biopsy performed if you have any doubts as to the type of tumor your pet has.

There is much more to canine cancer as well as to the many other types of tumors that may manifest over the course of your dog’s life.

You need to stay informed and pay attention to your dogs health.  For more information on preventing, treating, and curing cancer in your dog, get your copy of this informative book cancer dogs right now.

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