Osteosarcoma Cancer in Dogs Skull and Lungs: Symptoms and Treatment

May 26, 2011 | Dog Cancer | Leave a Comment |

Different factors have been identified to contribute to the development of canine osteorsarcoma, including exposure to radiation and carcinogens. Heredity is also considered a factor that predisposes a dog to develop this type of cancer.

Osteosarcoma in Dogs’ Skull: What Are the Symptoms?

  • Some symptoms associated with osteosarcoma in the skull are insomnia, loss of appetite, rapid weight loss, whimpering, and lethargy.
  • The pain caused by bones exploding because of osteosarcoma in the skull can cause dogs to become irritable and aggressive.
  • The dog will have difficulty swallowing and chewing.
  • Facial swelling and nasal discharge are indicators that the cancer has progressed.

Metastasis: Osteosarcoma in Dogs’ Lungs and Other Internal Organs

  • Osteosarcoma can spread (metastasize) to a dog’s internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, and spleen, via the bloodstream.
  • Chest X-rays can usually help determine if the cancer has spread to the lungs.
  • Biopsy can be done to detect if the heart or other organs are also affected.

 

Canine Bone Cancer in the Skull: How Can It Be Treated?

  • Palliative radiation can be administered to shrink the tumor in the skull.
  • Surgery to remove tumor is usually difficult to perform for osteosarcoma in the skull, but it is another method that can remove the tumor from the dog’s skull.
  • Chemotherapy is also administered as treatment for bone cancer in the skull.
  • Chemotherapy is usually given immediately after the excision surgery.
  • Natural remedies can also be given to pets diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
  • Although natural remedies cannot cure the cancer these can help strengthen the pet’s immune system, making the body stronger so that it can fight off the disease.

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