Dog Skin Cancer is one of the most prevalent types of tumor formation in dogs. Some 70-80% of these tumors can be considered benign or non-threatening, however the remaining 20-30% are malignant. This is why it is important to be able to detect the signs of dog skin cancer early. When you are able to tell if your dog has this disease during its initial development, there is a higher chance of successful treatment.
It is good to have your dog examined regularly, so that your veterinarian is able to routinely check your pet’s body for tumors, wounds that don’t heal for some reason, or color changes in pre-existing growths. You can also do this yourself by conducting skin checks on your pet. With your fingers and hands, you can examine the skin underneath your dog’s fur. It is easy to miss tumors and strange discolorations or anomalies under all that hair, especially if your dog is a long-haired breed.
Be on the look out for tumors that constantly bleed or refuse to scab over and heal, sudden color changes in particular areas of your pet’s body, especially the abdomen, genital area, mouth and tongue area, and feet and legs. Be attentive to your pet’s actions. Do you notice that she scratches or licks herself constantly in one particular area? Do you find that there is a strange discharge from her nipples or swelling in her breast area that should not normally be there? Those signs can be telltale clues that a visit to the vet is needed.
You can help save your dog’s life by being one step ahead of his illness. Catch the signs early for dog skin cancer, and you may be able to help your pet put up a good fight against it, ensuring that you spend and enjoy time with him or her longer.