Overall, chemotherapy in dogs is well tolerated, with minimal side effects.
Chemotherapy is very effective for dogs with osteosarcoma to delay metastasis. Compared to treating with amputation alone, chemo more than doubles median survival times.
Full article Dog Cancer Blog: Chemotherapy for Osteosarcoma
Filed under: Bone cancer, Cancer, Cancer treatment, Chemotherapy
December 12, 2012 • 11:11 pm
Cutaneous mast cell tumors in dogs can be extremely challenging as it seems no two tumors behave alike, even in the same dog.
Full article petMD: Mast Cell Tumors – From Benign to Malignant to Somewhere In-between
Filed under: Mast cell tumors
November 30, 2012 • 3:09 am
Soft tissue sarcomas are one of the most common cancers to affect dogs. These tumors typically grow in the skin or in the subcutaneous tissues under the skin.
Soft tissue sarcomas arise from connective tissue. As the tumors grow, they invade deeply into the surrounding normal tissues, which makes these cancers challenging to treat or cure.
Full article Colorado Living: Common Canine Cancers: What You Need to Know About Soft Tissue Sarcomas in Dogs
Filed under: Cancer, Soft tissue sarcoma
November 2, 2012 • 9:58 pm
General recommendations for dietary requirements for cancer patients typically consists of a combination of:
- Small amounts of complex carbohydrates (crude fiber levels > 2.5% of dry matter)
- Minimal quantities of rapidly absorbed simple sugars
- High quality but modest amounts of digestible proteins (30-35% of dry matter for dogs and 40-50% of dry matter for cats)
- High amounts of unsaturated fats (>30% of dry matter)
- Omega-3/DHA essential fatty acid supplementation — consult with your veterinarian for appropriate dosages
Full article petMD: Feeding Special Needs Pets: Cancer and a Healthy Diet for Pets
Further reading: Feed the Patient – Starve the Cancer
Filed under: Cancer, Cancer diet
October 13, 2012 • 9:17 pm
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), greater than 50 percent of pets in the United States are overweight or obese.
Obesity leads to a variety of potentially irreversible health problems, including musculoskeletal system abnormalities, endocrine imbalance, cardiovascular disease, dermatologic abnormalities, cancer, and more.
Full article petMD: Health Implications Associated with Pet Obesity
Filed under: Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Endocrine imbalance, Musculoskeletal disease, Obesity, Skin diseases
September 1, 2012 • 7:49 am
Long-nosed breeds are at higher than average risk for nasal tumors.
Nasal tumors are usually locally aggressive, malignant tumors. They are slow to metastasize. When they do, the cancer will typically spread to local lymph nodes or to the lungs.
Full article Fully Vetted: Nasal Tumors – A Slow and Insidious Killer
Filed under: Adenocarcinoma, Nasal tumors
August 26, 2012 • 3:39 am
Most thyroid tumors in the dog are non-functional and do not lead to hyperthyroidism.
In most dogs with thyroid tumors, their thyroid function remains normal. Up to a third of dogs with thyroid cancer will develop hypothyroidism from destruction of normal thyroid tissue.
Only 10% of thyroid carcinomas in dogs are overactive, producing clinical signs of hyperthyroidism.
Full article Animal Endocrine Clinic: Thyroid Tumors and Hyperthyroidism in Dogs
Filed under: Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid tumors
Transitional cell carcinoma is an aggressive, malignant cancer of the urinary bladder. It often invades into the urethra and/or ureters, causing obstruction of the urinary tract and disruption of normal urine flow. Animals usually present to their veterinarian for an inability to urinate or difficult urination, blood in the urine, or urinary incontinence.
Full article Fully Vetted: Canine Bladder Cancer
Filed under: Bladder cancer, Transitional Cell Carcinoma
October 21, 2011 • 9:14 pm
An experimental vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine shows an increase in survival time for dogs with spontaneous non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The work shows for the first time the feasibility and therapeutic efficacy of this alternative cell-based vaccine.
Read more at Science Daily: Efficacy of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Vaccine Demonstrated in Dogs
Filed under: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma vaccine