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Cancer (neoplasia) is a change from normal cells into abnormal malignant cells i.e. cancers occur when a group of cells start dividing and replicating in a manner that is uncontrolled by the body's normal mechanisms, and it can take many forms.  Cancers can be benign or malignant: those that are benign grow at variable speeds and only cause problems by their presence, by putting pressure on nearby structures or getting in the way of the movement of a limb.  In contrast, malignant tumours can spread through the body and cause problems elsewhere.  Some involve solid masses, or tumors, while others involve the blood or bone marrow in leukemia.

Cancer can occur in the skin, under the skin and affect just about any location or organ in the body. There are also several types of cancer that are possible at each location. The signs of cancer vary with the location and type of cancer. The aggressiveness of the cancer will depend on the type of cancer, the location and the individual pet. Cancer can develop in virtually any organ or body system. In addition, some cancers spread or metastasize to other areas of the body. They can spread to nearby tissues, or invade the blood stream or lymphatic system. Cancer commonly metastasizes to the lung. The exact symptoms, treatment and prognosis vary with the specific tumor type and situation.

While many food supplements and non-medical products claim to help dogs fight cancer, there is no real evidence behind them.  Maximizing a dogs health in all other regards will help him to fight cancer so maintain a well balanced diet, exercise wher possible and treat any other problems quickly.  There is some evidence that some dogs with cancer do best on a highly palatable, high protein, high fat, lower carbohydrate diet and Hills Pet Nutrition have produced a neoplasia diet called N/D which may help dogs with cancer.

This summer, remember that your dog is also at risk for skin cancer from ultraviolet radiation.  Short-haired and light-coloured dogs (and dogs with sparse coats due to a skin disease are at the most risk.  To be safe, use an SPF-30 sun screen on areas not protected by the dog's coat, including the tips of the ears, the bridge of the nose and near the eyes.

(cancer of the spleen)

(skin tumor)
When The Diagnosis Is Cancer
(nailbed tumor)

Cancer Treatment in Dogs
Canine Lymphosarcoma (Lymphoma, LSA)
(cancer of the lymph glands)
Diagnostic Tests
Canine Mammary Tumors
(breast cancer)
Nutritional Requirements of Pets with Cancer.
Canine Melanoma
(skin cancer)
Holistic Cancer Prevention and Care in Your Pet
Mast Cell Tumours
(skin cancer)
Pain Management for Pets with Cancer.
Oropharyngeal Cancer
(mouth cancer)
Curing Canine Cancer
(bone cancer)

Renal Cystadenocarcinoma
(kidney cancer)

Canine Cancer Specialists

Animal Cancer Trust
Cancer Awareness
Animal Cancer Foundation
Pet Screen
Morris Animal Foundation
National Canine Cancer Foundation
Canine Cancer UK

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