Cancer causes death in 50% of the population of dogs more than 10 years old. Like in humans, cancer can develop slowly and for no apparent reason.
Neoplasia in Dogs
- Neoplasia is described as the abnormal proliferation of cells.
- It can occur in different parts of the body.
- It can affect dogs of all ages and breed but is often observed in the older populations.
- It is often observe in dogs but rarely in cats.
What is Neoplasia in Dogs
- Neoplasia is an abnormal growth of cells and tissues.
- This should not be confused with tumors. Tumors are a form of neoplasm that has formed a lump while neoplasms do not necessarily form lumps. Still, for simplicity’s sake, the two terms may be used interchangeably.
- It could be benign or malignant.
- It can be caused by many different factors, including:
- Reaction to vaccines and medications
- Genetic predisposition
- Ingestion or inhalation of toxins and carcinogens
Symptoms of Neoplasia in Dogs
- The following are some of the symptoms of neoplasia:
- Sores that do not heal easily
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Abnormal lumps or swellings that grow
- Bad odor
- Breathing difficulties
- Difficulty in urination and defecation
- Lethargy or lack of energy
- Bleeding in any body opening
- The identification of the symptoms of neoplasia can alert the owner if the dog has this ailment. This way, the dog can be checked by the vet. Diagnostic tests will be performed to ensure that the ailment is not cancerous.